Cumbria is consistently the most visited destination every year and it’s because of it’s sheer beauty and vast array of attractions. Dog friendly days out in Cumbria are so easy because of the miles of open countryside on your doorstep which includes lakes, streams, rivers and fields for your pet to run around in.
Some of the most popular spots in Cumbria include Windermere, Troutbeck, Ullswater and Consiton. This because these quaint villages all provide terrific rural escapes whilst still providing for your dog as well as you.
We found it difficult to list all of the best dog friendly days out in Cumbria, so we manged to narrow it down to just 7:
7 top places you and your pup can enjoy together:
Find below 7 of the best days out in Cumbria for dogs
1. Lingholm Kitchen
The Lingholm Kitchen and Walled Garden are in Portinscale, on the north western shore of Derwentwater. You can enjoy some mouth-watering home-cooked meals made with local produce. Beatrix Potter and her family stayed at Lingholm for their annual summer holidays. This kitchen garden was the inspiration behind Mr. McGregor’s garden in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
Lingholm’s café overlooks the octagonal kitchen garden towards Skiddaw. Your canine companion is welcome to join you on this culinary experience. Dogs must be kept on a lead.
2. Mirehouse & Gardens
Mirehouse & Gardens is dog-friendly, but your furball must be on a short lead. There is livestock in the gardens, and it is an offense if your pooch interferes with the animals. For everyone to enjoy the gardens the livestock must be given plenty of space so they don’t feel intimidated. You and your four-legged friend might feel intimidated by the cows who can be quite curious. Always remember to drop your dog’s lead and run to safety if a cow decides to charge towards you. Your dog will be able to run to a safe place.
3. Low Sizergh Barn
Low Sizergh Barn. Discover everyday staples and foodie finds in this 17th-century barn farm shop. You can explore craft and gift galleries. Watch cows being milked and try some tasty treats from the tearoom menu. Enjoy a stroll on the farm trail through the stunning countryside. Your canine companion is welcome in the outdoor areas, that includes the outdoor cafe area, which is open during peak times.
4. Claife Viewing Station
Claife Viewing Station. Claife Viewing Station and the west shore of Windermere. This is a fantastic place for you and your pooch to explore. The lakeshore path between Wray Castle and Claife Viewing station is a safe, car-free walk. There will be plenty of smells and attractions that will keep your canine partner happy.
5. Yew Tree Barn
Yew Tree Barn. Discover a true Aladdin’s cave at Yew Tree Barn. It is home to WRS (extensive showrooms of decorative antiques, interiors and garden ornament). The Gallery showcases arts & crafts, design-led gifts, cards, and jewellery. You can witness how items were made on a visit to the on-site blacksmith, cabinet maker, and the charming Harry’s Café Bar, which serves up delicious local and fresh produce. You will be glad to know that your tail-wagger is welcome throughout.
6. The Lakeside
If your looking to rent a cottage in this part of the world, then you have to visit The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. The southern tip of Windermere is home to the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway. You can take a ride on a steam locomotive – complete with 1950s carriages. The enjoyable ride makes its way along 3.5 miles of the former Furness Railway branch line. Windermere Lake Cruises and the railway connect at Lakeside. So, buy a combined ticket to travel by both boat and rail. Take your dog because they travel for free on the railway.
7. Coniston Launch
Coniston Launch and the National Trust’s Steam Yacht Gondola. Take a cruise on Coniston Water. This is where you can view the breath taking landscape that inspired Arthur Ransome to write his popular Swallows and Amazons series of novels. There are short or longer cruise options onboard a Coniston Launch or the National Trust’s Steam Yacht Gondola. Your furry friend is allowed on the outer decks but not inside the saloons. Coniston Launch offers special ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and ‘Campbells on Coniston’ cruises. Your dogs can travel with you for free.
Looking for Somewhere To Stay?
If you plan a trip or a little mini-break in Cumbria with dogs, then we have put together some of our best places to stay.