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Dog Friendly Cumbria

If you’re considering taking a holiday to Cumbria this year but don’t want to leave your dog at home, we’ve put together this list of dog-friendly attractions just for you! With a wide range of activities that you can do together as a complete family there is no need for pooch to be left behind.

Brockhole Visitor Centre

Located on the Windermere lakeshore, the beautifully situated information centre has lots more than just information about the Lake District; with interactive exhibitions, stunning gardens, adventure playgrounds and best of all a stunning view of Lake Windermere. Dogs are welcome on leads in all of the gardens and grounds, the shop and exhibition area and outside on the café terrace. With regret, they ask that dogs don’t enter the adventure playground or play and learn room.

Lowther Castle

Perfect for a stroll back in history, with 130-acres of castle and gardens to discover there is sure to be a day of exploration to be had at Lowther Castle. All well-behaved dogs are welcome on a lead in all areas. Your dog will love exploring the historic gardens dating back 350 years and you’ll be fascinated by the work that has been done to gradually restore the castle to its former glory.

Lakeland Miniature Village

Lakeland Miniature Village is a display of scaled-down models of Cumbrian homes and traditional stone buildings. With all miniature buildings being made by hand with no machinery by Edward Robinson, this really is something not to miss. The attraction is open annually from March 1 to October 31 and is open 10.30am until 5pm. Dogs are welcome throughout the village.

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

For a look back at the oldest and longest steam railway in Cumbria, take a visit to Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway. The train starts at Ravenglass, the only coastal village in the Lake District, travelling across the estuary and through the hills to the foot of England’s highest mountains, Scafell Range. At the station you have the chance to browse shops, visit the museum and children have a playground to keep them busy. Dogs are welcome on the train journey for a mere £1.50 per ticket and in the station. They just ask that during a visit to the café that dogs remain in the outside seating areas.

Whinlatter Forest

The only mountain forest in England, Whinlatter Forest Park is a site to behold at 790 metres above sea level. With a number of walks varying in ability you will find something suitable for you and your family. With dogs welcome throughout the forest you can bring the whole family on your tranquil walk. With numbered guided walks all you need to take with you on your walk is a map of your chosen route to make sure you follow the right path!

Windermere Lake Cruises - Lakeside

With different launching points to start your cruise from and a choice of where to stop and break your cruise if you need more time in a certain location, this really is as flexible as it can be. Timetabled services are available from Ambleside, Bowness and Lakeside starting points, and during the summer they have even more regular services available. With spectacular views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and woodland you will be able to see everything in one day. The cruise operators allow dogs to travel free on all cruises, as long as you travel with them!

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