Plan the Perfect Dog Friendly Summer in the Lake District

If you're a dog owner seeking the perfect dog friendly getaway look no further than the picturesque Lake District! Renowned for its stunning landscapes, serene lakes, and abundance of outdoor adventures, the Lake District offers an ideal retreat for both you and your canine companion. Whether exploring historic gardens, hiking forest trails, or relaxing in dog friendly accommodations and eateries, every moment promises to be filled with beauty and tranquillity. Explore our favourite dog friendly spots and experiences this beloved destination has to offer.

Dog friendly places to walk

Lowther Castle and Gardens

Lowther Castle and Gardens is the perfect destination for dog owners. Nestled in the heart of the Lake District, this 130-acre site offers a blend of history and natural beauty. The vast grounds are perfect for dogs to explore, with trails winding through stunning woodlands, landscaped gardens, and open meadows. The stunning ruins of Lowther Castle provide the perfect backdrop for your walk, making it an experience as enjoyable for you as it is for your best pal.

The gardens are carefully maintained to be safe and accessible for dogs, with plenty of space for them to roam freely under your supervision. After your walk, relax at the dog-friendly café with water bowls and treats available for your pooch. Remember to keep your dog on a leash in the more formal areas to preserve the beauty and tranquillity of the gardens. At John Norris we have a range of quality and stylish leads and harnesses to keep everyone safe and happy.

Lowther Castle and Gardens

Grizedale and Whinlatter Forests

Grizedale and Whinlatter Forests offer some of the most stunning and varied walking routes in the Lake District, perfect for dogs who love to explore. Grizedale Forest, located between Coniston Water and Windermere, boasts an array of trails suitable for all fitness levels. The forest is a treasure trove of art and nature, with sculptures hidden among the trees adding an element of discovery to your walk. Dogs will enjoy the diverse scents and sights, from towering pines to dense undergrowth teeming with wildlife.

Whinlatter Forest, England's only true mountain forest, offers an exhilarating mix of trails that wind up and down the slopes of the Whinlatter Pass. The forest provides breathtaking views of the surrounding fells and valleys, making each walk a visual feast. Well-marked paths cater to a range of abilities, and the visitor centre offers dog-friendly facilities, including water stations and waste bags. Off-leash areas are available but keep an eye out for wildlife to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.

Fell Foot Park on Windemere

Fell Foot Park is a picturesque destination on the southern shores of Windermere, ideal for a leisurely stroll with your pup. This National Trust property features expansive lawns, woodland paths, and lakefront views that make for a delightful day out. The park's varied terrain includes open spaces for games and picnics, as well as shaded trails that meander through ancient woodlands. Dogs can enjoy a swim in the lake, but they must be supervised around other visitors and wildlife.

The park offers several dog-friendly amenities, such as drinking fountains and designated areas for dog play. There are also several picnic spots where you can enjoy a meal with your furry friend.

Despite the unpredictable English summer weather, the Lakes are always breathtaking and perfect for walking holidays. At John Norris, we offer a variety of walking and hiking attire suited for all terrains and conditions. Make sure you have quality gear as you prepare for your next adventure with your pup this summer.

Fell Foot Park on Windemere

Dog-friendly Attractions

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Take a nostalgic trip on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, a charming heritage narrow-gauge line through the picturesque Eskdale Valley. This journey is perfect for the whole family, including your furry friends, as dogs are welcome aboard. With both open and enclosed carriages, your pup can enjoy the fresh air and stunning scenery. Ensure your dog’s comfort by keeping them on a leash and bringing along a blanket or towel for them to sit on. Check out our selection of travel dog beds and blankets, ideal for all-day excursions.

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Windemere Lake Cruises

Set sail with Windermere Lake Cruises and let your dog experience the tranquil beauty of England's largest natural lake. Dogs are permitted free of charge on these cruises, allowing you to enjoy the lake's picturesque surroundings together. Whether you opt for a short jaunt or a comprehensive tour, your pet will relish the sights and sounds of the water, ducks, and swans. Don't forget to bring a leash, and consider bringing a water bowl and some treats to keep your dog happy and hydrated during your voyage.

Windemere Lake Cruises

Lakeland Motor Museum

For a blend of history and leisure, the Lakeland Motor Museum is an excellent stop. Although dogs aren't allowed inside the museum exhibits, they are welcome in the outdoor areas and café. This makes it a perfect spot to take a leisurely walk around the beautiful riverside setting while admiring classic cars and memorabilia from a distance. Plan a relaxing break at the café with your dog by your side, and enjoy the scenic views of the River Leven.

Dog Friendly places to stay

Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa

Finding a luxurious hotel that welcomes your furry friend can be challenging, but the Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa makes it easy. They offer specially designated ground floor hotel bedrooms that open onto patio areas and gardens, perfect for bringing your pet along. These pet-friendly rooms accommodate up to two dogs for £25.00 per night, providing a comfortable dog bed, cushion, treats, and waste bags. They even provide a doggy hairdryer for post-walk grooming! For availability, it is better to contact the hotel directly before making your reservation.

In addition to the dog-friendly hotel rooms, dogs are welcome in the Hall Lounge from 10.00am to 7.00pm. This allows everyone to relax together, whilst providing a special menu featuring hot, freshly prepared dinners and healthy dry food options for your pup. This ensures the whole family is treated to luxury on holidays!

North Lakes Hotel and Spa

Situated in Penrith, the North Lakes Hotel and Spa offers 7 dog friendly rooms where your furry friend can relax in their own cosy bed. Each room includes a private entrance with a boot scrape and hooks for hanging wet jackets, ensuring convenience for guests.

The bedrooms are designed to meet the needs of the whole family without compromising on cleanliness and comfort. For your four-legged companion, an in-room pack is provided, which includes a dog bed, bowl, and delicious dog biscuit to ensure they feel well cared for during their stay.

While you're in Penrith, why not take advantage of your visit and stop by our store? Explore our selection of quality country gear and attire, and receive expert advice from our friendly team.

Good Life Lake District Cottages

At Good Life Lake District Cottages, discover a variety of stunning self-catering holiday cottages in one of Great Britain’s most cherished destinations: The Lake District. Properties are spread across picturesque locations in North West England, including Elterwater, Chapel Stile, Langdale, Grasmere, Ambleside, Skelwith Fold, and Outgate in Hawkshead. All cottages are dog friendly, ensuring every family member can enjoy a memorable getaway in this scenic area.

They provide access to some of the finest independently inspected and quality assured holiday cottages in Britain. Unlike other property platforms, they offer the reassurance of local offices and regional experts ready to assist whenever needed.

Dog Friendly places to eat

Masons Arms

Perched above Lake Windermere, the Masons Arms is a charming 16th-century inn renowned for its cosy atmosphere and stunning views. This dog-friendly pub offers a quintessential Cumbrian experience with a menu featuring local specialities and hearty pub classics. Dogs are welcome in the bar area and the beautiful outdoor seating, where they can enjoy the fresh country air while you savour dishes like homemade pies or fish and chips. The staff are dog lovers too, often providing water bowls and treats to make your pet feel at home.

The Crown Inn, Pooley Bridge

Enjoy sensational views from The Crown Inn’s upstairs terrace this summer, with your loyal companion by your side. Whether you decide to unwind in the cosy ambience of the traditional pub, complete with a warming log fire, indulge in the scenic lake-view dining experience of the restaurant, or relax on the tranquil terrace overlooking the river bank, you'll find a delightful option to suit everyone.

The menu features a tempting array of posh classic pub dishes, thoughtfully crafted to satisfy and reward yourself after a day of exploration in the picturesque Lake District. Why not explore our range of country lifestyle attire perfect for relaxing in style with a few drinks with friends and family?

Rothway Manor Ambleside

For an elegant dining experience with your dog, Rothay Manor Ambleside is an excellent choice. This luxury country house hotel not only offers refined dining with a focus on seasonal and local ingredients but also extends its hospitality to canine guests. Dogs are welcome in the casual dining areas and the beautifully landscaped gardens. Enjoy exquisite dishes like Cumbrian lamb or locally caught fish while your dog enjoys the serene surroundings and perhaps a treat from the attentive staff. The combination of fine food and dog friendly amenities makes Rothay Manor a standout destination for pet owners.

Dog Etiquette

Visiting the Lake District with your dog is a joy, but it's essential to follow local guidelines to ensure a pleasant experience for everyone:

  • Respect Others: Be mindful of other visitors. Recall your dog around others and respect their space.
  • Clean Up: Carry waste bags and clean up after your dog. Dispose of waste responsibly in designated bins.
  • Control Your Dog: Use a leash where required and ensure good recall. Respect wildlife and keep dogs away from sensitive habitats.
  • Plan Ahead: Check where dogs are allowed. Research dog-friendly accommodations, dining, and attractions.
  • Safety First: Carry essentials like water, food, and a first aid kit.

Following these tips ensures a positive experience for everyone enjoying the Lake District with their four-legged companions.


As you plan your dog-friendly summer adventure in the Lake District, picture yourself and your faithful companion exploring historic gardens, traversing scenic forest trails, and unwinding in charming accommodations. Whether you're cruising the tranquil waters of Windermere or enjoying a meal in a cosy pub with your dog by your side, there is truly something for everyone in the Lake District. Embrace the anticipation of discovering one of Britain's most beloved regions together, where each day brings new adventures and unforgettable experiences.

Check out our extensive selection of dog products and country attire online or in store to ensure you're fully prepared for your upcoming Lake District getaway!