Dog Friendly Walk, Caldbeck, Cumbria

Caldbeck is a picturesque village approx 13 miles SW of Carlisle, Cumbria which creates a very memorable dog walk as it is steeped with history and stunning scenery. There are a variety of interesting features in the village – colourful chocolate box cottages overlooking the rippling stream, a delightful duck pond brimming with wildlife and historic ruins of an ancient bobbin mill to name but a few.

                          bobbin-mill-caldbeck       caldbeck-duck-pond

The built up area of the village is full of historical architecture which is accessible to all including St Kentigern’s Church where the famous huntsman John Peel is laid to rest and Priest Mill the award winning restoration of an old watermill with the quant Watermill Cafe and variety of shops. However, accessing the ruins of the old Bobbin Mill (which had the largest waterwheel in the country) is rather limited as the path becomes rough and then very steep with some rough steps whilst continuing towards The Howk (a limestone gorge with rippling waterfalls) so this area maybe best avoided with pushchairs/wheelchairs.

old-bobbin-mill-the-howk-caldbeck

The duck pond is easily accessible from the centrally situated car park but remember to keep your dog(s) on a lead/under control as the ducks are quite tame and will approach expecting to be fed! As a local wildlife photographer as well as pet photographer in Cumbria I have often enjoyed capturing photographs of the resident Mallards and Moorhens on the pond.

male-mallard   mallard-ducklings   mother-moorhen-feeding-chic

Refreshments can be found at the Oddfellows Arms a traditional country pub with its own restaurant and car park – dogs may not be allowed in the restaurant but maybe in the bar area/beer garden – whilst ice creams, snacks and drinks may be purchased at the local store and ice cream van which is sometimes situated near the duck pond.

 

Public Toilets: Yes

Car Park: Yes

Wheelchair/Pushchair Friendly: Yes if you keep to the paths

Distance: as far as you wish

Railway Station: No (Carlisle or Penrith)

Bus Route: Yes Caldbeck Rambler which travels around Northern Fells to/from Carlisle

Advertisements

, , , , , , , , , ,

  1. #1 by online learning on March 1, 2017 - 9:28 am

    I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back later. Cheers
    http://eduhints.eu

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: