A dog friendly Lake District

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Carron Crag view

The Lake District is renowned for walking and there is no shortage of places to explore from hills and fells to trails and woodlands. It’s no surprise then that many places including shops, cafes and hotels have become dog friendly. Why should your four-legged friend miss out on a good walking adventure? That’s why we give dogs a warm welcome when they come to visit, they can even stay with you in your room and join you for breakfast or dinner (if you want to risk sharing your full English!).

There are so many great places to take your dog out walking, but here are just a few suggestions to get you started.

Common Wood - Windermere

Overlooking Windermere, Common Wood is a tranquil place where you can stroll along through the moss-covered oak trees and escape the crowds. There is plenty of wildlife to spot along the route too, throughout the woods you will come across piles of brash where bugs and creepy crawlies are hiding and if you are lucky you might spot a crayfish scuttling between the rocks of the babbling beck. Don’t forget to take a minute to stop and look at the views as you head back towards Windermere you will see right across the lake and beyond to Wansfell, another great walk.

Silurian Way - Grizedale Forest


Grizedale Forest has an abundance of walking and cycling trails and amazing sculptures. Your dog won’t know where to start exploring once you let them loose! There are various marked walking trail options, or you can just make up your own, but if you have a super energetic dog (and you don’t mind keeping up!) then the 10 mile Silurian Way walk could be the one to tackle.

Taking you along the Grizedale Valley you will pass many of the sculptures and get some of the best views in the forest. You will have to earn those views though as the route takes in the summit of Carron Crag, the highest point in the forest.

Champion Tree Trail - Ambleside


We know how our four-legged friends like to snuffle their way around woods so here is another dog friendly circular route that goes through Skelghyll Woods. Taking only approximately 45 mins it’s ideal if you just want to stretch your legs a bit and it’s all marked with tree symbols along the way so no getting lost. You can also discover some of the tallest trees in England and you might even be lucky enough to see a Red Squirrel. If you want a longer day out then you can easily extend this route as it links with the ‘Explore from Waterhead’ trail which provides some great views from Jenkins Crag and also allows for a short detour through Stagshaw Gardens which are especially magnificent in summer.

There are endless walks to explore whether you want to stay local within the Ambleside area or venture off further into the fells. Wherever you decide to walk there will always be a cosy fire and some hearty, warming food waiting for you and your dog in our bar when your return.

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