A usefully situated pub just off the Pennine Way but sadly welcomed by a "boots and rucksacks to be left outside" notice. No definition of 'boots' and 'rucksacks'.
Therefore we didn't bother to stop here as our boots were clean and dry and we didn't want to leave valuables unattended outside. What is their difference between a rucksack and a small daysack/knapsack anyway?
I appreciate the potential problems from a) large groups and b) muddy boots
BUT: there was no provision at this pub for us to keep my own socks clean and dry if I had taken my boots off - no "slipper" type footware or even plastic bag style over-shoes available. There wasn't much room in the entrance for 'rucksacks' of any size so good job it wasn't raining.
There are plenty of hostelries along the PW which are more welcoming to muddy boots and dogs. They'll get my business and I now always carry sufficient water to counter such receptions as this.
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