Taking your Patterdale to Patterdale

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It’s kind of a tradition that anyone with a Patterdale terrier visits Patterdale in Cumbria, where the breed is from. The Patterdale sign is a common location to visit as owners take their pooch there and take their picture underneath the Patterdale sign. So if you are the owner of the beloved Patterdale Terrier, here are some ideas for a trip that you can share with your four-legged friend. 

First of all, let’s look at how to get to Patterdale. Patterdale is a small village in the eastern part of the Lake District in England. It lies at the foot of Ullswater, a popular place for walkers visiting Ullswater and Helvellyn. The village is an extremely popular place to stay for walkers, and it is also popular for day trippers. To the south of the village lies the main road that passes through Kirkstone Pass to Ambleside and Troutbeck.

The A592 road crosses the southern and northern boundary of the village so it is easily accessible by car. If you plan to travel by train then the closest train station is in Windermere, however, from there it would be a 4 hour hike to reach Patterdale.

However, if you are planning to go for a hike then perhaps the hike between Windermere and Patterdale is a good option for you. You can even stay the night in Windermere before making your way to Patterdale. Alternatively, you can get the train to Penrith, which is just outside the lake district, and then catch a Stagecoach 508 bus from Penrith to Patterdale. The bus runs regularly and will provide stunning views as you make your way to Patterdale. 

If you choose to drive to Patterdale, parking is limited. There is parking available opposite the White Lion pub, but in order to grab a space you will need to get their early in the morning as there is only space for 3 or 4 cars. There is also a car park around the corner from the White Lion pub. It is situated behind the houses on the right hand side, opposite the Patterdale Hotel. It is owned by the Patterdale Hotel and costs £4.50 for a day. The White Lion pub car park charges £4 per day and so does the youth hostel. 

There are a few bed and breakfasts available in Patterdale, the Brotherswater Inn is also a stunning option that offers free parking and beautiful views. The Patterdale Hotel is also a common option that also features beautiful views. There are also some cottages that you can rent for the night if you are up for living glamorously. A few of the cottages allow you to bring your pet too which is perfect considering your reason for visiting.

Why not visit the Patterdale Village Store. The people of Patterdale are proud to be from the birthplace of the Patterdale Terrier and so naturally, the village store has introduced some giftware that celebrates the Patterdale Terrier, including mugs, tea towels, and key rings. The Patterdale Village Store is the only shop in Patterdale and is definitely worth a visit to get a souvenir for you and your Patterdale before you head home. Of course the store also encourages bringing your dogs and allows them inside the store, so your dog can even pick out their own souvenir.

The beauty of Patterdale is also not to be taken lightly, the poet William Wordsworth, known for depicting the divine landscape in his poems, lived nearby Patterdale. This makes Patterdale perfect for sitting back and taking in the view, but also makes it an incredibly beautiful place to go hiking or walking. The most popular hill walk is the ‘Striding Edge’ path that takes you to Helvellyn. This route is recommended to be for experienced hikers and can be a tricky route, especially in the winter months. From Patterdale, there is also a safe and pleasant although long walk of 7.1 miles. The route follows the track up Grisedale to the tarn, and then follows the old pony track up the south ridge of Helvellyn. The second part of the walk also takes a safe and relatively easy route away from the dangerous crags.

You might also like to read this article about hiking with your Patterdale and The Patterdale Terrier Club of America.

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