Lead your dog to the Lake District

Pet friendly

Choosing a place to take your dog on holiday isn’t difficult with the wonderful selection of beautiful parks, glacial lakes and fascinating forests that we have at our fingertips here in the UK. However, there are some places that are extra special, destinations that have an almost magical quality about them that draws visitors back year after year.

One of these is the breathtaking Lake District, one of the most popular walking destinations in the UK. England’s largest National Park, it’s awash with scenic dog walks, from gentle lakeside strolls and forays through forests to more adventurous climbs up impressive mountains. Relaxation time is also taken care of, as the Lake District is full of dog-friendly attractions and eateries, perfect for canines who want to enjoy the complete holiday experience.



Start in the pretty market town of Keswick and follow the 8-mile walk around the lake. Here, dogs can dip a paw in the water or stop with their owners for a well-deserved picnic. On your way back, stop at Podgy Paws in the town to treat your favourite family member to something new and sparkly.

Ullswater Steamers

Ullswater Steamers

Break up a walk on the Ullswater Way by jumping aboard a cruise with your waggy-tailed companion. Dogs on leads are welcome on board for a small charge as well as in the pier houses where you can grab a quick bite to eat.

The Buttermere Valley


This tranquil area of fells, farm and woodland, have three beautiful lakes. Drink in the breath-taking views on the gentle circular walk around Buttermere Lake, or take the slightly more difficult Buttermere to Rannerdale walk and peek into the secret valley of Rannerdale on the way.

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Stanley Ghyll Force
Stop off at Stanley Ghyll Force

When you’re tired of walking, hop aboard this narrow-gauge steam railway which stretches 7 miles from Ravenglass to Dalegarth. A small charge will allow Rover to board, and water bowls await them at the stations en-route. There are interesting walks at both stations including Ravenglass Beach, St Catherine’s Church and Stanley Ghyll Force.

The Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden

Cream Tea

On the north-western shore of Derwentwater, you’ll find Beatrix Potter’s former summer residence. Canine fans of Peter Rabbit and co are welcome on leads and will be offered a bowl of water and a biscuit while you partake in one of their fabulous cream teas.

Grizedale Forest


Famous for its 40 plus artworks and outdoor sculptures along waymarked trails, this fabulous forest is doggy heaven. Bear in mind that there are deer, rabbits and foxes so if your dog’s recall isn’t great, we would advise staying on lead. Dogs are also welcome inside Grizedale’s Café.

Windermere Lake Cruises

Dog at lake

Experience the lakes from the comfort of a lake cruise. Hop on to one of the main steamers or smaller boats – dogs don’t need to pay and even get their very own ticket! There are beautiful walks around the surrounding landscape, and the nearby Queen’s Head Hotel is great for a dog-friendly supper on the way home.

Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass

Seventy acres of woodland gardens and grounds await you at this stunning turreted castle. Dogs can’t enter the castle but are welcome outside at the main café and on rainy days they can go indoors at the Owl Garden Tea Room. They can even watch the ‘Sky Hunters’ display from the doggy viewing area.

When it’s time to rest tired paws, head back to one of our cosy dog-friendly cottages in the Lake District. Whether you want to curl up together next to a roaring log burner in a wooden lodge, gaze out at the cool glacial lakes from a waterside apartment or keep your dog close to hand in our range of cottages with enclosed gardens, we have the perfect property for your trip to the Lakes.

Posted by Elianne Reed on 8th November 2018