Doggy Summer Weekend in the Peak District
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Here's one for all you OutdoorLads dog owners (though you don't have to have or bring a dog, but you need to like being around lots of dogs), after a very successful trial of this idea in Norfolk over a year ago OutdoorLads is once again hosting a hostel weekend that both you and your dog (or dogs) can enjoy together.
It's been quite a challenge finding nice hostels that allow enough dogs, typically it's a maximum of just on or two, or none at all. But after a lot of searching we've found a good one, and this time we will be exploring a lesser known corner of the Peak District in Staffordshire, which is a great area for some lovely long summer walks with our four legged friends.
Sheen is a quiet village perched on a gritstone ridge. The Staffordshire corner of the Peak District is quiet and little explored but there’s so much to see here. The Manifold Valley Track, Tissington Trail and High Peak Trail link to make some great flat(ish) routes for example.
Up on the tops, the moorlands of Flash and Longnor are as windswept and magnificent as any in Yorkshire or Derbyshire.
More sheltered are the valleys of the Dove and Manifold rivers which offer pleasant walks among some pretty impressive rock towers, caves and gorges. While we’re talking about impressive – we might decide to explore ‘The Roaches’ with their jagged, ragged ridges.
Sheen looks like a great little bunkhouse which should be perfect for a smaller hostel event for a dozen or so OutdoorLads members and as many dogs as they bring with them.
For more information on the bunkhouse see this link Please only being a dog or dogs that can get along with other dogs and people, we will all be in the hostel together in shared space after all, and bring whatever food and bedding you need for your own dog/s. Last time we ran this, the dogs and their owners all got along great, it was pretty chaotic (especially at mealtimes) but a lot of fun.https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-sheen-bunkhouse
You don't have to bring a dog, but you do have to like dogs to come on this one.
If you do bring a dog or dogs, then please only being a dog or dogs that can get along with other dogs and people, we will all be in the hostel together in shared space after all, and bring whatever food and bedding you need for your own dog/s. Last time we ran this, the dogs and their owners all got along great, it was pretty chaotic (especially at mealtimes) but a lot of fun.
No need to bring buffet food for Friday night - dinner will be provided - bring something else instead that we can all share and enjoy over the weekend (human treats!)
What to bring
As well as stuff needed for your dog, such as food, bedding, towel, toys, lead, treats, poo bags, etc (you know the routine I'm sure) you'll need to bring some important items for yourself:
Bedding is not included for humans either as this is a bunkhouse, so bring a sleeping bag (or sheets and a duvet) and a pillow, plus a towel and shower gel/shampoo etc.
We'll head out for some walks, the length of which we can decide once we are all together, and we can have longer an shorter walks depending on the dogs (and owners). So bring some walking boots or wellies and a coat - basically the usual dog walking stuff.
Food & drink
Please bring all your own food / treats / bedding / toys / poo bags for your own dog.
Forget the usual Friday night buffet, instead there will be hot food provided on Friday night also as part of the weekend, and it's there also for anyone arriving late (just let me know if that's going to be the case so we can save you some).
So instead of the normal OutdoorLads hostel request to bring Friday night buffet food, why not bring something instead that we can all share and enjoy at some point during the weekend (some cake or biscuits or fruit or snacks or, dare I say it, something interesting to add to the drinks cabinet.
Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday is included, as is dinner on Saturday night. Once I know what diet needs every one has I'll plan something suitable that we can all share.