7 Top Dog Friendly Windermere Attractions & Days Out
The Best Places To Take Dogs in Windermere
Windermere is a thriving village in the heart of the Lake District. It’s popular destination among families and friends with pets due to the large number of dog friendly days out in Troutbeck.
Whether you enjoy long walks in the countryside with your pet, bike rides with your partner or simply gazing at the abundance of wildlife that Windermere has to offer, we’re sure there’s something for everyone here.
Below, we have compiled our top 7 dog friendly attractions in Windermere to help you get started:
Activities & Things to Do
Find below 7 of the best days out in Windermere for dogs
1. Visit the World of Beatrix Potter
A family friendly attraction, which you don’t need kids to enjoy. Year round displays of Beatrix’s inspirations, with larger than life models of Jemima Puddleduck and the rest of the gang enjoying themselves in their cottage in Bowness on Windermere, right by the Lakeside. There’s parties and events throughout the year, and you can’t miss the superb afternoon teas, with scones and cakes aplenty, served every day. A perfect place to start your exploration of Lake Windermere.
2. Walk to Orrest Head
There are hundreds of miles of walks, trails and paths to enjoy in the Lake District, but the one from Windermere to Orrest Head ranks as one of the best. From its starting point by the A591, the walk climbs for 20 minutes up to the top of Orrest Head, one of the thousands of hills and mountains in the area. The view from the top is one of the finest in England, and the walk down the other side takes you and your furry friend through the beautiful St Catherine’s Wood.
3. Visit the Jetty Museum
Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories is a superb place to spend a morning or afternoon. Immerse yourself in the history of the lake, thanks to the Museum’s collection of steamboats which used to ply their trade across Windermere from the 18th Century to the 20th. The steamers are in full working order, and you can take a trip out onto the lake under steam power on a Heritage Boat Trip. Relax in the cafe afterwards and take in the breathtaking views across the water.
4. Experience Claife Viewing Station
Take your pet to Windermere’s dog friendly West Shore for a walk by the lakeside, and climb up to the superb Claife Viewing Station. Especially built to take in as much of the surrounding landscape as possible, the Station was built in the 1790s for tourists to make the most of the natural beauty of Windermere and the Lakes in general. The site was expanded over the years, and now includes courtyards, paths and woodland. The Cafe in the Courtyard is open every day from 10 am if the view and walks make you hungry.
5. Enter Wray Castle
This gothic splendour overlooking the lake can be accessed by boat on a cruise from Ambleside. Scale the towers and see the dramatic fells stretching out before you. Take in the atmosphere of this National Trust run fortress; and bring a picnic if you like, to enjoy on the huge lawns. Take your dog for a walk on a lead around the grounds. Make the most of the regular guided tours which tell you all about the castle’s history.
6. Ride on the Steam Train
The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway Co Ltd run a steam locomotive service on tracks which once carried materials for the industry which thrived in the Lake District, and around Windermere in particular. Started in 1973, this family run railway manages some quite steep inclines under steam power, up to the superb Lakeside Station, where you can hop off for a steam cruise across Windermere. Step back in time at Haverthwaite Station, a perfect snippet of Victorian life. Take tea and enjoy the superb surroundings.
7. Visit Grizedale
A trip to Windermere wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Grizedale, a magnificent preserved woodland in the heart of the Lakes. Take yourself and pooch off on a walk through the trees, on quiet paths which might lead anywhere. Along the way, you might bump into one of the sculptures in the forest, or follow your nose to the fabulous restaurant to replenish yourselves in the loveliest of surroundings. A total escape from the stresses and noise of the 21st Century.
Looking for Somewhere To Stay?
If you plan a trip or a little mini-break in Windermere with dogs, then we have put together some of our best places to stay.