We were delighted to host our second Tail Trails event on the evening of Saturday 18th August in the stunning Langdale Valley in the Lake District. The venue for the day was the super dog-friendly Sticklebarn Tavern owned by the National Trust.
Dogs must be on a lead at all times. This is to ensure our furry friends do not provoke livestock or impact on habitats and gives assurance to local landowners, farmers, the local community, stakeholders and insurers – without whose support we cannot organise events like this.
Entries: Entries (for adult humans over the age of 16) is £8.50 for the short course and £12.50 for the long course (plus the eventbrite booking fee). Children (under 16) are £4.00 for either event (plus the eventbrite booking fee). Under 16’s must be under the supervision of/accompanied by an adult at all times. Dogs are free. Please note it is a maximum of 2 dogs per human. We can only accept entries on the day if there are spaces.
This entry cost includes special post-event dog fun and dog agility style challenges which could earn your hound a prize!
Event location and registration opening times: The event venue is the upstairs room in the Sticklebarn Tavern, LA22 9JU. HQ and registration for both routes opens at 16.00.
Longer Tail Trail (approx 10km)
Walkers: There will be a mass walkers start at 16.45 for those wishing to take part ‘with the pack’. For those who whose dogs who prefer to ‘do things solo’ then solo walkers are welcome to start anytime between 16.45-16.50. Please register no later than 16.30.
Runners/joggers: There will be a mass runners start at 17.30 for those wishing to take part ‘with the pack’. For those who whose dogs who prefer to ‘do things solo’ then solo runners/joggers are welcome to start anytime between 17.30-17.35. Please register no later than 17.15.
Shorter Tail Trail (approx 6.5km)
Walkers: There will be a mass walkers start at 17.15 for those wishing to take part ‘with the pack’. For those who whose dogs who prefer to ‘do things solo’ then solo walkers are welcome to start anytime between 17.15-17.20. Please register no later than 17.00.
Runners/joggers: There will be a mass runners start at 17.45 for those wishing to take part ‘with the pack’. For those who whose dogs who prefer to ‘do things solo’ then solo runners/joggers are welcome to start anytime between 17.45-17.50. Please register no later than 17.30.
The routes: Due to local landowner restrictions the first and last part of both routes will be the same ‘out and back’. The 6.5km route heads towards Baysbrown Farm from the Sticklebarn and then does a loop around towards Oak Howe and then back along Great Langdale Beck and then back along the same route. The 10km route extends this further out along the Cumbria Way and a loop up and through the woods above Elterwater before heading back via Chapel Stile. PDF’s of the routes can be found here: 6.5km Route 10km Route.
Doggy challenges: When you get back to the Sticklebarn Tavern then you can then enter the dog challenges section where your dog can take on some fun challenges and win a prize for taking part. It is really all just a bit of daft fun for you and your dog!
Parking: If you are driving to Langdale please use one of the pay and display ar parks near the Sticklebarn Tavern. The postcode for your sat nav is: LA22 9JU.
Food and refreshments: Food and refreshments will be available at the Sticklebarn Tavern. The Sticklebarn will also be offering a free drink with any food bought by any Tail Trails participants after the event.
Prizes and results: There will be some silly/fun prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places of both trails and additional small prizes for the dogs who do the best on the dog challenges at the end of the trails. Results will be posted ASAP after the event.
Note for Walkers: Please that there will be a ‘stand down’ time for some marshalls on the 10km route. This time will be sufficient for a walking speed of 3 miles per hour. If you decide on the day that you want to relax, stroll a bit or take longer then that is fine, but please note there will be less marshalls on the route after this time. The route markers will still be in place. Please check in with us at HQ when you return so we know you are back safe and sound.
Kit: Both trails are off-road cross country trails with muddy sections,loose sections and some steep slopes. All competitors must wear appropriate footwear (either trail/fell running shoes for runners or appropriate boots/fell shoes for walkers) and have waterproofs as appropriate.Please keep an eye on the forecast and come prepared for the conditions of the day. We reserve the right to ask participants to wear additional warm clothing (e.g. tights or long sleeve base layer etc) to be worn or carried dependent on the weather conditions on the day, so please come prepared for a kit check.
Water stations: There are water stations on the route for dogs and humans but all participants must carry their own bottle. There are some snacks available too but you are advised to bring food to your own tastes.
Marshaling: The routes will be waymarked and marshaled, but you are ultimately responsible for yourself and your dog(s). There are some short road sections and you must use common sense at all times and adhere to the highway code.
Dogs at HQ: Dogs are welcome in the Sticklebarn Tavern, as long as they are on leads.
Volunteers: We needs as many volunteers as possible to make it a great event so if you would like to volunteer or marshal at the event please do contact us via our facebook group or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are very keen for as many marshals as we can and we will thank you with treats, hugs, food/tea/coffee and a free entry to either our main Tail Trails event on August 18th in Langdale or a free entry to any event of your choosing on the Grand Day Out in October.
Vet Support: If any participant needs veterinary support we can provide contact details of local vets on the day. Any vet call out costs must be borne by the participant.
Bad weather: If there is particularly poor weather forecast we may choose to make a last minute decision to revise the routes to shorter distances on the day. Only in the most extreme weather would we abandon the event and re-schedule. Keep an eye on facebook for latest updates.
Who’s is it for? Anyone. Dogs (and humans) of all ages, shapes, sizes and breeds are welcome to come and compete and take part in what is a unique event where the emphasis is very much on fun. It is the owners responsbility to ensure their dog is capable of completing the distance they sign up for. Any children under 16 must be under the supervision of an adult at all times. We would suggest that the long route is only suitable for children over the age of 10, and the short route only suitable for over 5’s, but we leave that decision to the parents who are ultimately responsible for safety and wellbeing of the child.
Considerate event management: We are proud to be organising our event in conjunction with the National Trust, local farmers, landowners and residents.
It is really important that our canine (and human) friends don’t disturb lambing sheep, local residents, wildlife habitats and birds who have travelled thousands of miles to nest in this beautiful area. Our event is all about having the best fun possible with your dog in a responsible manner and on a lead – as a team!
We are delighted that the fab Oak Tree Animals’ Charity are supporting our events. Come along and have a chat with them about the great work that they do at their centre near Carlisle. We will be doing a few bits of fun-fundraising for them too. See you there!
The quickest and most straightforward way to sign up is to sign up online via our Eventbrite registration page.
There is a booking fee to use this system. If you would prefer to avoid the eventbrite booking fee we can also accept cheques. Please contact us on email@example.com if you wish to take this option and we will send you details.
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