More and more of us are taking our pets and dogs on holiday and days out. The family holiday should be just that, a holiday for all the family including your four-legged friend.
We've been taking our dogs to the Peak District for many years and we've found some great places for a day out with your dog.
Here's are top five.
1. Crich Tramway Village
A great day out for all the family including your dog! On arrival collect an old penny and use this to ride the trams with your dog all day. There's also a woodland walk and scultpure park, but dogs do need to be on a lead. The Old Red Lion pub is a popular stopping off point on the recreated street scene and dogs are welcome here too for a refreshing drink. There's plenty on offer for the kids too, so this really is a great day out.
2. Treak Cliff Cavern
Treak Cliff Cavern is the only place in the world where Blue John Stone natuarly occurs. There are fabulous chambers in the caves to see and stalactites too. All can be explored with your dog alongside. Dogs are welcome in the Cavern and the shop on a lead. The Cavern is located in Castleton, a lovely village worth exploring, and there are plenty of dog friendly pubs so ideal for a refresment stop.
3. Peveril Castle
Also located in Castleton are the ruins of the castle keep. It is well worth walking up to the top for some splendid views of the Hope Valley as well as exploring the ruins including a medieval lavatory. This is a National Trust site with an easy (but steep) path to the top and there are benches along the route. There's a shop and interactive visitor centre with plenty of information about the Castle and its history. Dogs are allowed on a lead.
4. Chatsworth House
Although dogs are not allowed in the house itself (please note that assistance dogs are allowed in all areas of the site) this is still worth a visit with your four-legged friend. Dogs are allowed on leads in the gardens, maze, scultpure park and waterworks so there is plenty of great outdoor space to explore. If you are visiting the farmyard or adventure playground there are posts to tie up your dog just outside these facilities. Posts are also provided outside the restaurant as dogs are not allowed in, but there are plenty of outdoor seating areas in the old stables area where you can sit, relax and eat with your dog. If you want to venture further afield there are some lovely walks just outside the Chatsworth estate.
5. Tideswell, a dog friendly Peak District village
A hidden gem in our view and a great village to spend a morning or afternoon browsing the shops, visiting the pubs and cafes, many of which are dog friendly. Our top picks for dog friendly cafes are Vanilla Kitchen (dogs allowed inside) with great cakes, lunches and more and The Dairy Parlour cafe (dogs allowed inside) with its' own deli too. If you fancy a pint or glass of wine The Horse and Jockey, The George, The Anchor (10 mins outside the village) and The Red Lion (nearby in Litton) are all dog friendly. For something a bit different we've recently tried the friendly Stella's Kitchen with Caribbean, African and Tapas style food, which allows dogs inside the restaurant. Other things to do include a visit to the Tideswell Cathedral, the Aladin's cave that is the second hand bookshop in Tideswell, the rock shop and buying some yummy supplies at Tindalls bakery and deli. Look out for Tideswell Well Dressing in June, the Food Festival in May and the Eroica Bike ride in June. Finally, a great dog walk can be found at Tideswell Dale, just 10 minutes outside of Tideswell. If there are no sheep in the surrounding areas you can let your dog off the lead and its traffic free all the way to Litton Mill.
So what's stopping you? Take your dog with you on a day trip or holiday to the Peak District. There's plenty for all of you to enjoy!
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