7 Top Dog Friendly Lake District Attractions & Days Out

The Best Places To Take Dogs in Lake District

Our cottages in this part of the world allow you to experience some of the best dog friendly days out in the Lake District, this includes Rambling in the countryside which has to be top of the list of things to do in the Lake District. Pack a picnic, grab a bottle and head for the hills. There are lots of different routes to follow taking in woodland, craggy peaks, waterfalls and the magnificent lakes themselves.

Beatrix Potter was a farmer and a writer, and dearly loved the Lake District. She had a home in Hawkshead but she also stayed in Lingholm and Wray Castle. Walk the car-free pet-friendly paths to Hawkshead village, it’s a popular place to stroll.

Coniston Water inspired Arthur Ransome to write Swallows and Amazons. The lake and village is overlooked by The Old Man of Coniston – a mountain that’s great for climbers. The Black Bull Inn here is 400 years old and the perfect spot for an ale and some lunch.

Ambleside boasts a quirky attraction. The Bridge House spans the narrow water of Stock Beck and was built like this to avoid taxes. Visitors can step inside today but a tour won’t take long – it’s only 2 rooms wide!. One of the more photographed places of the Lake District, you have stop by for a selfie with your pet.

With an endless choice of things to do in the Lake District and across Cumbria, here are our top 7 dog friendly attractions in the Lake District:

Activites & Places To Visit

Cruise on Lake Windermere

The longest lake in England is a must-visit location when you’re in the Lake District. Measuring 11.2 miles long, there’s plenty of space for cruising. Boat trips of all kinds can be booked, from a short 30-minute jaunt to an evening spent on the water. Most of the scheduled tours are pet-friendly but only on leads – they sail for free too. If you prefer to captain your own vessel, self-drive motor boats can be hired on Windermere as well.

Experience Aira Force

Rainwater from the fells collects into Aira Beck, then spills over in dramatic style forming a 65-foot waterfall known as Aira Force. When it’s been raining heavily, as it often does in this part of the UK, the fall thunders in a powerful display of nature at its best. The area around this waterfall was landscaped by the Victorians and provides a beautiful place to walk with your four-legged friend. Follow the woodland trails and spot different trees, red squirrels, birds, insects and maybe even some deer whilst in the Lake District.

Ride the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway

The railway is dog friendly and it is known affectionately as La’ al Ratty. They travel for just £1.50 and drinking bowls are provided at the stations for your canines. The railway is 110 years old and the track is 7 miles long. The journey takes about 40 minutes from the coast at Ravenglass to heights of Dalegarth. Energetic types walk one way and ride the other.

Climb Scafell Pike

The highest peak in England is Scafell Pike and it’s located in the Lake District. Unless you’re a serious hiker, going to the top with your dog might be a bit ambitious, but you can walk the foothills and enjoy the rugged landscape. There’s a car park in the village of Wasdale Head where the footpaths begin and a route will take you across fields of cattle and a couple of kissing gates – so Fido might need his lead and a bit of assistance in places.

Explore Derwentwater

Walking distance from the busy market town of Keswick, Derwentwater is 3 miles long in a landscape of moody crags, which change hourly, from waves on a windy day to a glass-like smooth when the weather is fine. At Keswick Launch, dog-friendly boat trips are available most days. Aboard the handsome wooden vessels you can tour the lake – a round trip takes 90 minutes. But if you fancy some exercise, there are 7 places to alight and walk the shores for a while.

Brougham Castle

This 13th-century ruin is a great place to explore as it is also dog friendly. A moat, tower, passage way, arrow slits and tombstones can all be seen and there is plenty of history to learn as you wander the site. Owned by English Heritage, the entrance is free is you’re a member. Take a picnic and tuck into lunch as you enjoy the spectacular views across the River Eamont and the rest of the stunning Lake District.

Be Drawn to the Pencil Museum

For an hour of light-hearted fun, the pencil museum is a great place to head especially when the weather is wet. Keswick is the home of the first pencil and this museum is packed with interesting little facts about this humble writing tool. Events are laid on and workshops too, so check the ‘What’s On’ page to make sure you don’t miss anything. Four-legged friends are welcome inside on a lead, but they can’t go into the café or artist shops on-site.
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