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A Guide To Dog-Friendly Holidays At The Lion

Leaving our dogs behind is definitely the worst part about going on holiday. But who says you have to? Here at The Lion, we welcome pooches in a selected number of our bedrooms as well as in our pub. So, whether you’re dining in or staying over, bring your dog along! They deserve a holiday too after all. To make the most of your visit to The Lion, we’ve put together a guide on dog-friendly breaks to help you enjoy your trip to the fullest.

Familiarising Your Pup With New Surroundings

First things first, it’s time to make sure that your furry friend is all adjusted and ready to enjoy their holiday. Most doggies feel most comfortable when sleeping in their own bed, so don’t forget to bring that along when you stay over.

Pack a few of their favourite toys too. Having something that smells of home can help to settle your dog into their new environment. You may be worn out after a long day, but your dog probably won’t be! So, remembering a little something to release the last of their energy or to chew on whilst you are relaxing can help to keep them occupied so that you can catch a break.

Stretching Your (And Their) Legs

Malpas has some lovely walks for dog and owner alike to enjoy. The views are beautiful, and trails are surrounded by nature and full of wildlife. Ask a member of our team for recommendations on the best trail for you as we have several village secrets! Just as a reminder, these are some of our top recommended walks in the wider Cheshire area, perfect for guests who are staying with us for a few nights and want to get out to explore the region…

1.     Delamere Forest – a shady oasis in the midst of the agricultural landscape of the Cheshire Plain, Delamere, just a 35-minute drive from The Lion, is a place to let off steam, escape the crowds and find peace in the heart of the forest. You can find easy-going trails for all abilities, hikes to admire the view that goes all the way across to Liverpool’s famous skyline, orienteering, or simply just a bit of peace and quiet to sit and watch the world go by.

2.     Agricola Tower and Castle Walls – although dogs are required to stay on the lead here, the tower and its walls are still considered dog-friendly. This 12th-century Agricola Tower was the first stone gateway to Chester Castle, which had been founded by William the Conqueror in 1070 in the southwest part of the City.

3.     Bickerton Hills – fancy a challenge? There is a popular trail which is just over 5km at Bickerton. It delivers some stunning views and on clear days you can even see all the way to Liverpool and Ellesmere Port! There are lots of hills and stone steps, so do bear this in mind before choosing this route. There are also smaller and less challenging walks at the peak of Bickerton (Bulkeley Hill) for those looking for an easier option.

Eating Out With Your Pooch

After all that walking, we think you’ve earned yourself a delicious hot meal! Did you know that you can bring your dog too? They do deserve a treat after all… Plus, our dog-friendly space extends outside to the beer garden which is ideal for a summer evening. As much as might they try to convince you otherwise, dog food is much better for your pooches than human food, so don’t forget to bring along their food and bowl too so they can eat before or after you head out for your own evening meal. Perhaps pop a treat in your bag for them to enjoy if you’re planning on spending all evening with us. We always have water bowls outside in the beer garden for our furry friends.

Bedding Down For The Night

Don’t forget to bring your own doggie beds when your furry friends come to stay with us, as this is what they know best! To enquire about a stay in one of our dog-friendly rooms please email us at info@thelionatmalpas.co.uk. Alternatively, you can book directly on our website (just remember to mention you’re bringing your pooch with you!).

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