Dog Friendly Holidays & Inns
Choose Cumbria & the Lake District for that perfect holiday with dogs. Offering miles of public rights of way, and many miles without stiles trails, the Lake District National Park is one of the UK’s top pet friendly holiday destinations. Hundreds of dog friendly cottages are across the region, along with pooch friendly hotels, leisure lodge complexes with designated dog walking areas and a wide choice of dog friendly B&Bs in fantastic walking locations. Accommodation welcoming dogs in the Lake District often sits in a prime location at the beginning of a spectacular fell walk or close to popular dog friendly attractions including boat cruises and Muncaster Castle. Choose a pet friendly holiday cottage or lodge complex with a range of onsite facilities, a spectacular rural location and a choice of walks from your door. There’s so many dog friendly things to do with bounding ‘Rovers’ in the National Park and along the Cumbria coast. Come and discover one of England’s top destinations for walking holidays with dogs – book online or direct with iknow.
PET FRIENDLY INNS
Paws through the doors aren’t just welcome in Lake District inns, they’re positively embraced and encouraged! Lakeland inns offer dog friendly rooms and welcome dogs in public bars and lounges. You’ll often also be able to have your dog with you whilst enjoying breakfast, and doggy biscuits, water bowls with fresh Lakeland water and the warmest of welcomes are all assured. A small charge per night will often apply – sometimes with an inclusive donation from the fee towards the Dogs Trust. Lakeland inns with rooms are usually to be found in glorious rural walking areas ideal for that walking weekend getaway with your pet. Head off into the surrounding fells, and return to your pet friendly inn with cosy fire, dog friendly rooms and public areas and a dog treat or two.
Dog Friendly Cottages
The accommodation most dogs would opt for on a dog friendly holiday in the Lake District, pet friendly cottages offer flexibility and usually those essential extras appreciated by owners including enclosed gardens and a great walking holiday location. Pet packs with doggy treats, bowls and waste disposal bags are usually provided. If more than one pet is welcome or a fee is charged, each individual cottage listing will specify. Cottages welcoming dogs are across Cumbria and the Lake District National Park.
You’ll find them on pet friendly leisure complexes or rural estates with dog exercising areas onsite. They are also widely available in popular Lake District villages and towns from Coniston to Keswick, Graythwaite to Grasmere. Look out too for some great farm cottage complexes with onsite kennels – ideal for leaving pets behind on the odd day you might want to visit an attraction not welcoming dogs. Dog friendly accommodation owners love dogs, will often own pets themselves, and will welcome your dog (or dogs) free of charge or for a nominal fee! Cottage owners usually welcome pets by arrangement, so be sure to advise them on your pet plans and how many dogs you intend bringing along.
B&Bs/ Hotels welcoming Dogs
A good choice of B&Bs welcome dogs in the Lake District, and you’ll find them in relaxing rural locations like the Grasmere and Rydal Water area close to dog friendly walks. Some B&Bs will welcome dogs free of charge. The North and Central areas of the National Park offer a wide choice of dog friendly B&Bs even in the heart of popular town centres like Keswick, Ambleside and Bowness. Bustling locations like Ambleside and Keswick feature pretty parks around which you’ll find some great clusters of dog friendly B&Bs. Get ready for some of the most welcoming and unique dog friendly hotels in England right here in the Lakes. You’ll even find a hotel or two with their own doggy menus, and plenty of treats, pamper extras and lots of space for dogs to run around in hotel grounds.
Dog Friendly Holiday Parks with Lodges
Dog friendly holiday parks are a great option for Lakeland holidays with dogs. You’ll find a plentiful choice of these in the central Lake District around Lake Windermere. Many feature spacious open plan lodge or cabin accommodation with outdoor decks. They’ll often permit more than one dog too, and you’ll have the benefit of a wealth of onsite facilities including dog exercising areas/ dog fields and a choice of walks direct from your door. Whether in a woodland, fell or lakeside setting, pet friendly holiday parks with lodges offer luxurious accommodation for pampered pooches. You’ll also find a great choice of pet friendly caravan parks along the Cumbria coast never far away from a dog friendly beach! The Cumbria coast has a particularly good choice of beaches where dogs are welcome including Arnside, Ravenglass, Whitehaven, Silloth, Grange, Maryport and St Bees.
Walking with Dogs
It’s a dogs life in the Lake District and Cumbria, and you can make your walking holiday with Rover as gentle or challenging as you wish. Stay in the South Lakes and head off into the gentle peninsula valleys around Cartmel and Ulverston. Scenic strolls don’t come much better than a walk to Humphrey Head reserve, a limestone promontory near Grange, with adjacent woodland. Spectacular views across to Morecambe Bay are from here. Fabulous walking with dogs territory features in the heart of the National Park around Hawkshead. Head off towards Beatrix Potter Country and beautiful Tarn Hows between Hawkshead and Coniston with accessible footpaths and a circular walk. Grizedale Forest Park is another top spot for dog walks along with the smaller lakes and villages of the Central Lakes including Grasmere and Rydal – tread in the footsteps (paws) of Wordsworth and head on up Silver Howe or around Grasmere Lake and Rydal Water!
Love the wild fell lands? Really active pooches will adore the Western Fells of Eskdale and the Duddon Valley around Hardknott Pass. Or how about the challenge of the Northern Fells around Haystacks, Skiddaw and Borrowdale, and the Eastern Fells around mighty Helvellyn. There are picturesque valleys in the north too. The popular Newlands Valley features famous walks like Catbells, a popular walk with dogs. Various guided walking tour companies also welcome dogs, heading from central visitor centres in Keswick and Ambleside.
Dog Friendly Attractions
You’ll soon sniff out a dog friendly attraction in Cumbria & the Lake District. Boat cruises on all of the National Parks’ popular lakes from Ullswater Steamers and Coniston Launch to Windermere Lake Cruises all welcome dogs on board for free. Stop off points around lakes, particularly Lake Ullswater, drop you and your dog off at the start of famous walks like the National Trust’s Aira Force walk or challenging hikes up the Kirkstone Pass from Glenridding. Boat trips also alight at pet friendly estates and attractions like Brantwood on the shores of Coniston Water. Furry friends who love the forest will find plenty of great forest walks guaranteed to please active owners too! Grizedale Forest Park near Hawkshead is a top spot for walks with dogs as is Whinlatter Forest Park near Keswick. Magnificent garden estates welcoming pets include Holker Hall near Cartmel and Mirehouse & Gardens by Bassenthwaite Lake. Both welcome dogs on leads in gardens and grounds.
Explore heritage Lake District gems such as Conishead Priory, Nenthead Mines and Honister Slate Mine, all of which welcome dogs. Fun family steam railways like the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway and little narrow gauge railway, the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway welcome dogs and friendly owners. You can also pick up combined steam railway and boat cruise tickets, and bring along Rover on both! Family friendly Brockhole Visitor Centre on the shores of Lake Windermere also welcomes dogs on leads in the gardens and grounds. Dog waste bins are provided. They’re also welcome in the shop, on the cafe terrace and in the exhibition area, but not in the playground, play room and inside the cafe.