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Celebrating wags and tails in the Lake District

Written by Joanna Bailey on

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Thinking about enjoying a holiday with your family and friends, even the four legged variety? We have a few hints and tips below that will help you plan your holiday for the whole family, from walks in the area, where to eat and drink and even where to stay! 

Dog walking in the Lake District

The National Park is the perfect place for you to explore with your favourite four-legged friend, however it’s important to follow a few simple guidelines when out and about in the Lakes with your dog.

While walking in the Lake District you’re likely to come across livestock freely roaming around and grazing, so although it’s not necessary to always have your dog on its lead, he/she should always be kept under control should you come across some of our well-loved Herdwick sheep on your walk. 

Get a good map of trails in the area, local information centres can usually provide one, so you know where you’re likely to meet cyclists or horse riders. And be aware of ticks – they prefer moist areas and are usually found in woodlands and grassland, so make sure you check your dog after your hike in the Lake District. 

Grizedale Forest is a fantastic place to walk with your dog, and even has a number of waymarked trails for all tastes and abilities. The forest is famous for its outdoor sculptures, with around 40 artworks to be found along its network of pathways. As well as being allowed in the forest, dogs are also welcome inside Grizedale’s Café for when you’re ready to refuel. 

Places to eat and drink

The Lake District is great for those who want to take their dogs with them, there is a whole host of great pubs, bars and cafés that are more than happy to host your dog as well as you. Here’s some of our favourites: 

The Britannia Inn, Elterwater – Dogs are welcome in all the bar areas of the pub and they truly believe in the more the merrier! 

The Crafty Baa, Windermere – This dog loving bar is certainly cosy and very welcoming. 

The Drunken Duck Inn, Ambleside – Dogs are welcome at the pub and you can even bring them with you when tucking into the delicious food at the restaurant. 

Brambles, Windermere – The perfect spot for a spot of tea in the Lake District.

Dog friendly activities in the Lake District

No trip to the Lake District is complete without going on a Windermere Lake Cruise, and well-behaved dogs travel for free on all their cruises and self-drive boats, they even get their own ticket, so your pooch can join in all the fun too! Dogs are also welcome in the Boatman’s Café in Bowness and The Pier Café Bar in Ambleside. 

The southern tip of Windermere is home to the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railways, where you can ride on a steam locomotive as it makes its way along the former Furness Railway branch line. And the best bit? Dogs travel free of charge on the railway too!

Dog Weekend at Lowther Castle takes place at the end of September. Over the course of the weekend there will be a whole host of events for you and your furry friend to take part in, including; famous tails trail, clever dogs dog training sessions, rare breeds dog parade, have a go doggy play park and much much more. It’s certainly set to be a fun filled weekend for you and your dog. You can view all the details of the Dog Weekend here

Pet friendly accommodation in the Lake District 

Here at the Good Life we truly believe that no man (or furry friend) should be left behind and that’s why we have wide selection of dog friendly properties available in the Lake District. And if you book to stay between 2nd November and 20th December 2018 you can bring your pet for FREE – simply use promo code ‘WOOF18’ when booking. 

Click here to view our pet friendly accommodation – you’d be barking mad no to! 

Joanna Bailey

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