A walk in Lathkill Dale – Smudge

Smudge near our pet friendly cottages


It has been nice and peaceful and quiet at our (click here) over the last few weeks. Master has been over in Buxton every day, so no rushing about disturbing my beauty sleep. If only he had taken idiot brother with him it would have been perfect. With him left behind there is a constant noise as he seems to bark at the least little thing. How am I suppose to get a good days rest when he is forever barking?

smudge near our pet friendly holiday cottages

Me in Lathkill Dale

Anyhow as Sunday was such a lovely day it was decided that we would have a walk down Lathkill Dale. The last time we visited the dale was on Boxing day. With all the rain we have had, mistress was interested to see how much water was in the dale. We started off from the Monyash end of the dale and slowly (well it would be with Mistress in tow) we worked our way into the dale. As expected the water was gushing out of the source but probably not as much as at Christmas. Of course as we know the Dale well we were let of our leads straight away so could go off and explore. At lunch time we sat at one of mistresses favourite spots. Unfortunately where mistress sat was an ants nest. So she soon moved from that! During lunch we met up with one of masters friends walking down into the dale.

Smudge in Lathkill Dale

Me in Lathkill Dale

He has a new dog we hadn’t met before so we said hello to her before they carried on down the dale. As usual there was lots of stopping to admire the view and to take lots of photographs.  When we got to the turning up to Over Haddon it was decided, as it was such a nice day, we would continue further along the dale to Conksbury Bridge and then back up via our usual picnic spot to Over Haddon for a drink in the pub. Well this was a great decision as when we go to our picnic spot I noticed that someone had been there earlier and had left a load of cream crackers. So although they taste terrible I thought I should do my bit for the environment by cleaning up the mess. Actually by the time I had got through the sixth I decided they weren’t that bad after all. Idiot brother tried one then just left it. So I go the lot.

Once in Over Haddon we realised that it was well dressing week and that there were teas and cakes on in the Village hall so we traipsed off there so Mistress could have her afternoon tea. Of course we had to sit outside as they don’t allow dogs inside. We then had to go and see the wells. On the way back over the fields to our cottages we had to go through a field with some cows in. As expected idiot brother got scared and jumped into the next field. We didn’t see him again till we got to the end of the field where he was waiting for us. Idiot!

Lathkill Dale Near our Peak district cottages

Lathkill Dale

I got into trouble again the other day. Someone had left some food out for the birds (why do they do that? They could leave it out for me. I am in more need of food than the local birds). Unfortunately they had left it on one of the picnic benches so I had to get up onto the table to get it. Now I know I am not allowed on tables  but it was outside and the food was very tempting. I checked that no one was watching and quickly jumped up to remove the food. Unfortunately I got a bit carried away and lost track of time. The next thing I know master is yelling at me. I quickly jumped down and ran off where he could get hold of me. I think he has forgotten, as I haven’t been yelled at since. I checked my dinner to make sure I hadn’t been rationed (as sometimes happens) but it is hard to tell. I get so little anyway, any less and I would die of starvation.


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