• Damson Dene Hotel
    Near Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Riverside Hotel
    Located in Kendal town centre
  • Newby Bridge Hotel
    Overlooking Lake Windermere
  • Cuckoo Brow Inn
    Close to Lake Windermere
  • Windermere Park
    Windermere Village

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Meet our team and get the low-down from the locals

We, at South Lakes Hotels, are all lucky enough to live and work in this beautiful part of the country so let us introduce ourselves and tell you about the things that we think you will love. From walks to local food, from rainy days out to local pubs, we'll tell you what we like and why.

...and we're not selfish, if you have a favourite thing to do, see, eat or visit in the Lake District, please tell us about it.

We have an endless choice of pooch-friendly places to visit in the Lake District that both you and your four-legged friends will enjoy. We are often asked for dog friendly information from our guests.
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A few Staff Favourites
Whinlatter Forest – Trails and streams galore! See more about Whinlatter Forest here, which includes information on where to stay and eat with your dog within no more than a few mile radius of Whinlatter. Dogs are most welcome in the café.
Grizedale Forest – Miles upon miles of waymarked trails perfect for exercising your dog, whilst exploring the beauty of the outdoors. Grizedale do have a dog code of conduct.
Aira Force Waterfall – Just one of the many wonderful waterfalls you can enjoy in the Lake District with glorious surrounding walks. The Aira Force Waterfall is a National Trust managed site, and dogs must be kept under control.
Rydal Mount & Gardens - Beautiful location and former home of Poet Laureate, William Wordsworth. Dogs aren’t allowed in the house but are welcome in the grounds if on a lead. See more information about Rydal Mount here.
Fell Foot Park – Plenty of space for your dogs to run around, and perfect for a family day out with an adventure park for children. Fell Foot is a short distance away from Newby Bridge Hotel, part of the South Lakes Hotels group.
Walney Island – A dog-friendly secluded, unspoilt beach near Barrow in Furness.
Of course it’s not only dog owners that love the Lakes, please look out for cyclists, runners and horse riders. they can frighten your dog – or your dog could frighten them! It is best to keep your dog on a lead whilst passing them.
Pet-friendly Transport
Windermere Lake Cruises and Keswick Launch Company – well-behaved dogs travel free of charge.
Coniston Launch and Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway – small charges may apply for well-behaved dogs.
Stagecoach Bus – pets can travel at the sole discretion of the driver. Guide dogs and assistance dogs are allowed at all times.
Dining with your Dog 
If you’re out and about, 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.
We welcome dogs in all of our South Lakes Hotels – Riverside Hotel, Newby Bridge Hotel, Damson Dene Hotel and Cuckoo Brow Inn.
Embarking on a series of adventures in a setting that holds a myriad of inspiration and beauty is something you’ll struggle to turn down. The Lake District is famous for being “the birthplace for modern rock climbing” and rightly so, as every type of climbing is available to visitors in one exhilarating form or another. It’s not only the ideal place to begin your climbing career, but it’s host to a large variety of unforgettable experiences that you’ll never forget.
Stickle Ghyll Waterfall Climbing

With so many wonderfully quaint pubs and inns scattered around the Lake District, it's near impossible to pick out only a few. Most still hold a traditional English pub character whilst some have been revamped into leading-edge establishments. There's somewhere to suit every need, whether it be a generous homely meal, a refreshing beverage or a quick mid-walk pit stop. Here we have picked out just a handful of local favourites that are guarenteed to take your fancy.


old dungeon

old laundry interior


The Arts in and around the Lake District are certainly forces to be reckoned with, and it’s all down to beautifully unique locations and an incredibly high standard of production and design. The Lake District isn’t short of spectacular arts venues, but they each have their own distinctiveness and charm. A setting, which has been inspiring well-known names in the Arts world for years, is host to some of the leading annual events and theatre houses in Britain.

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  • Damson Dene Hotel - 015395 68676
  • Riverside Hotel - 01539 734861
  • Newby Bridge Hotel - 015395 31222
  • Cuckoo Brow - 015394 43425
  • Bay Villa - 015395 36793

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