Classic Lake District Pubs - Dog Friendly Wasdale


Wasdale is the very epitome of remote. There is absolutely no mobile signal and at night all you can see are the stars. There was no mains electricity here till 1977.

The valley has barely changed since the farms and cottages were first built. Ancient thick stone walls divide up the valley floor and climbing steeply up the fellside. Even our self catering Lake District cottages have stood here for hundreds of years.

Wastwater - photo copyright Brian Sherwen

At the head of the valley is the Wasdale Head Inn, formerly known as the Wastwater Hotel, and the home of British climbing. I just love the entrance hall to the hotel, with a giant wooden dresser set into the wall, a long bench for donning your boots, and photos of the bygone ages of the hobnail boot.

The undoubted star attraction at the Wasdale Head Inn is Billy, a Patterdale terrier who lives on Burnthwaite Farm, but can usually be found in the bar of the hotel gazing wistfully at the meals leaving the kitchen.

Billy the Patterdale terrier at Wasdale Head Inn

The Wasdale Head Inn is supremely dog friendly.  There is a pile of towels for you to dry off soggy dogs, a wash basket for used towels, biscuits and poo bags – all complimentary. Ritson’s Bar has a huge log burner – perfect for this time of year.

We have several dog friendly Lake District cottages in Wasdale. It is perfect dog walking country and it’s great to know there is such a friendly place to go for a beer or a bite to eat where your dog can come too.

Read more about our dog friendly cottages in the Lake District.