The Lake District is a great place to bring your pooch! Lots of places to see and lots to do with your four-legged friends. We are often asked for dog friendly information from our guests.
Look out for cyclists, runners and horse riders. They can frighten your dog – or your dog could frighten them! It’s best to keep your dog on a lead when passing them.
- Windermere Lake Cruises – well behaved dogs travel free of charge!
- Lakeland Mountain Guides – a provider of guided walks around the Lake District for you and your four-legged friends a great day in the hills!
- Whinlatter Forest Park – large forest with attractions to keep adults, children and dogs entertained for hours
- Grizedale Forest – miles of paths to explore – no need to leave your dog at home on your day out!
- Rydal Mount and Gardens - No one has done as much to promote the Lake District as a holiday destination than William Wordsworth. Born in Cockermouth, the former Poet Laureate spent the last 37 years of his life at Rydal Mount in Ambleside, which provided inspiration for poems like The Daffodils and To a Snowdrop. The house and gardens are open all year round though times are restricted during winter. Dogs aren’t allowed in the house but are welcome in the grounds if on a lead.
- Coniston Launch - One of the best ways to explore the lakes and admire the scenery is from the water. Coniston Launch offers both scheduled cruises and hop-on-hop-off tickets and make well-behaved dogs welcome for a small cost. It is dog friendly and the ideal spot to indulge your appetite.
- Aira Force Waterfall - Take a picnic and enjoy a walk along clearly marked paths to the waterfall. The National Trust managed site allows dogs on leads, so bring them with you as you enjoy the sort of scenery the area is famous for. There’s enough to keep even the liveliest pooch happy. Aira Force is only one of the wonderful waterfalls you and your dog can visit in the Lakes.
- The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway - You can take your dog on a steam train journey between Ravenglass and Eskdale. The journey itself was one of Wainwright’s favourites, crossing seven miles of spectacular scenery to the foot of England’s highest mountains, the Scafell Range (3,209ft) at their peak.
Eating in the Lake District with your dog!
Many of the traditional inns throughout the Lakes are incredibly dog-friendly, serving traditional local fare with a log fire for your dog to warm his paws in front of after a long walk.
Dog Walking in the Lake District
To keep the national park pristine and enjoyable for all walkers there are rules and guidelines for responsible dog owners should follow. Dogs don’t always have to be on a lead, but should always be kept under control, especially when around livestock. The national park is a haven for all types of wildlife and there are lots of intriguing scents which can send a less disciplined dog tearing off in pursuit. This is a particular issue between March and July when ground nesting birds are hatching and rearing their chicks.