Yorkshire Dales Dog Friendly Bunkbarn Weekend
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What's this all about?
This hostel weekend is designed especially for dog lovers and dog owners. It will be the fourth doggy hostel weekend we've run. Every event so far has been a lot of fun, with the dogs mingling together into some form of pack and generally getting along with each other happily, just like the humans.
There aren't many hostels and bunkhouses in the UK prepared* to allow more than one or two dogs, but the owners of the this one couldn't have been happier about the idea of a dog friendly weekend when we asked them if we could come. They're dog friendly anyway, and only asked us to be that bit more considerate when outside with the dogs, given we may have more than their usual quantity of them, and there's a working farm that's next to the bunkhouse.
*We're always on the lookout for bunkhouses and hostels that will take lots of dogs, they are few and far between, but if you know of one please let us know as we are always on the hunt for new venues to try.
Where are we going?
For this one, we'll be staying in a pretty village, a couple of miles outside Richmond, in an especially picturesque part of the Yorkshire Dales.
The village shop is directly opposite and has a large selection of food and drink, there is a pub 200 yards away and a larger pub half a mile away.
The bunkbarn has a fully equipped kitchen, shower and toilet.
There's an area for BBQs outside, so dependent on the weather we may use that too.
Duvets and pillows are provided but you will need to bring bedding, or to hire a sheet sleeping sack (£1 hire). Towels are also available to hire.
You are welcome to bring one dog, or more, to the event but equally you don't have to have a dog to come along, So for example, if you're thinking of getting a dog this would also be a good event to come on as there will be plenty of owners to chat to and dogs to borrow. If you just like dogs but haven't got one then you are equally welcome.
Once we get to the event and can work out the fitness levels of the dogs and owners that come along, we will plan some walks that are suitable, whether that's sticking together in one large group or arranging a longer and a shorter walk.
There will be walks available on both Saturday and Sunday (shorter on Sunday so that people can head off home afterwards)
Usual OutdoorLads courtesy requirements apply for dog owners (basically - you're responsible for the behaviour of your own dog/s, for cleaning up after them, bringing anything they need to eat, sleep or play with, and for ensuring they don't over-pester the other dogs and are under control if we're out walking and there are farm animals nearby).
Whilst quilts and pillows are provided, you'll need to bring linen (or a sleeping bag and sheet) and towels.
Or you can hire a sheet sleeping bag fo £1 from the owner of the bunkhouse.
All guest must use a sheet sleeping bag, their own linen or their own sleeping bag.
Friday Evening: Arrive anytime after 5pm, meet the rest of the group and socialise.
Welcome 'meeting' and a short, evening dog walk nearby (probably involving the pub for a pint).
Friday night dinner will be provided and is included in the event cost, so there's no need to bring buffet items. We'll work out the walk for Saturday and decide if we need to take a packed lunch (there's a shop opposite the bunkbarn) and/or will call into a cafe or pub en route.
Saturday Day: After breakfast (also included in the event cost), we’ll head into the surrounding countryside for a good walk. Packed lunch may be required as mentioned above.
Saturday Evening: Relax, socialise, and chillout. Dinner is included in the event cost, and if the weather is suitable we'll get the BBQ going outside.
Sunday: After breakfast (included in the event cost) we need to check out. There will be a walk after this, for anyone who isn't in a rush to head home.
Tea & Coffee: Will be provided throughout the weekend.
Other Drinks: Please bring your own.
Dog food: Please bring whatever your dog/s require.
Apart from the picture of the bunk barn and the metal gate to the right of it, all of the pictures are of previous OutdoorLads dogs weekends mourned the UK.
What to bring
Whilst quilts and pillows are provided, you'll need to bring linen (or a sleeping bag and sheet) and towels. Or you can hire linen at £2.50 per set from the owner of the bunkhouse. All guest must use linen and/or sleeping bag.
Please bring anything that your dog will need.
For walking, we are in the Brecon Beacons so there's the option to do a high walk, for which you'd need walking boots, hat, gloves, waterproofs, water bottle etc. We'll certainly also have low level walks through the woodland and riverbanks though, so for those you'll be fine wearing wellies or old trainers and a coat, or whatever else you wear when normally walking your dog in the countryside.
Food & drink
Friday Evening: Dinner is included in the event cost. We’ll eat around 7.30-8.00 but if you’re going to arrive after that just let me know and we’ll keep your meal for you.
Saturday Day: Breakfast is included in the event cost.
If you want to take part in a longer walk during the day, please bring a packed lunch with you (or pop over to the village shop to get something) and maybe pack a flask for a hot drink if it’s cold. If we can find a god pub en route, we will have the option to go there for lunch.
Saturday Evening: Dinner is included in the event cost.
Sunday: Breakfast is included in the event cost.
Tea & coffee: Will be available throughout the weekend
Other drinks: Please bring your own
Dog food: Please bring whatever your dog/s require.