The Best Dog Walks in the Lake District
When you’re going on a family holiday, it’s only natural that you would want to include the whole family, and for some families, that means taking the dog too! Thankfully, if you’re planning on visiting the Lake District, you’ll find an incredibly dog-friendly area with plenty of facilities to make your four-legged friend feel right at home.
So while you’re enjoying the Lake District with the canine part of your family, make sure to get out and about and enjoy some of the spectacular views that you can only find in this part of the world. Here are a few of our favourite walks to take with dogs in the local area.
As the second-largest lake in the area, Ullswater makes a great location for a walk with your dog. The lake itself offers a 9-mile round route, but you don’t need to do all of this in one go. You can even get out onto the water on Ullswater Steamers which welcomes humans and dogs alike and operates from Pooley Bridge.
There’s plenty to see around the lake so you can be sure that you’ll enjoy the walk just as much as your dog will.
Head to Derwentwater at Keswick for a longer walk. You can take a 10-mile walk around the lake using the route which you can find here. This is a particularly pretty part of the Lakes and will give you plenty to see as you walk around the water. You can always take the ferry at some point to take a little bit of a shortcut if you start to lag a little.
If you fancy a look around the town, Keswick is a great place to take a stroll and is well-known for being particularly dog-friendly.
Grasmere and Rydal Water
This probably isn’t the best route if you’re just looking for a smooth and even stroll, but it is so worth it. In fact, Grasmere was once described by William Wordsworth as ‘the loveliest spot that man hath ever found’. There’s a little bit of road walking involved, and you’ll need to be able to handle different terrains, but you’ll be rewarded with some fantastic views.
This route is 5.6 miles, taking a circular path around both Grasmere and Rydal Water, passing sites such as Wordsworth’s former home, Dove Cottage along the way.
Just east of Coniston Water, you’ll find Grizedale Forest, a perfect spot for a stroll with the pooch. You’ll be able to get excellent views of the Lakes on this route as well as the stunning forest itself. There’s enough varied terrain for it to be interesting for the dogs, but nothing too challenging. You can find a number of different routes around the forest here, but we’d recommend the Milwood Trail – Long Loop which gives you an opportunity to find some of the sculpture collection dotted around Grizedale.
The Lake District really is full of great walks and trails that are perfect to take on with your four-legged friend. At the end of a long day on your feet, you can come back to Craig Manor to put your feet up in one of our dog-friendly rooms. If you would like to book one of these rooms, you will need to book over the phone. Give us a call on 015394 88877 to find out more.Blog Archive