It’s easy to see why the beautiful Lake District is the UK's most popular National Park. This postcard perfect English wonderland is the perfect place for all the family to satisfy their thirst for outdoor adventure.
Cumbria is one of the most dog-friendly spots in the UK. Expect your pet to be welcomed into most pubs and even lots of tourist attractions.
Cumbria is one of the most popular dog-friendly holiday destinations because of the vast choice of walks by water, through the hills, on the coast or in Grizedale Forest. It is easily possible to find a holiday let where dogs can stay. The accommodation varies from pine lodges, self-catering cottages, holiday homes in a holiday park and houses of all sizes that can also sleep large groups.
Walking clubs often visit the Lake District and it can be very nice if people are able to take their dogs with them.
Why choose the Lake District as your next dog-friendly holiday?
This really is the place to discover England's grandest countryside. Covering an area of over 885 square miles, visitors have flocked to this beauty spot to experience its patchwork of lakes - 14 in total - valleys, fells and forests. Outdoor enthusiasts have their pick from leisurely bike rides to challenging mountain climbing.
Its scenic grandeur has been inspiration for some of England's best-known writers. William Wordsworth, John Ruskin, Alfred Wainwright, Arthur Ransome and Beatrix Potter have all drawn influence from this landscape.
Dog friendly days out in the Lake District
There are lots of dog friendly attractions in Lake District which you can adapt to fit in with a good walk too. Great news for families who don’t like leaving their four-legged friend in the car.
Lowther Castle and Gardens
You'll feel like you're in a period drama at this historical spot. Beautiful gardens with a pleasant pathway to guide you through its hidden treasures. The charming castle ruins are covered in wild flowers and ivy. Dogs are welcome in the grounds, exhibition area and even the cafe.
The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
See the beautiful sights of Cumbria on this lovely little steam engine. Sit in the open carriage and experience the seven mile track that takes you from Ravenglass to Dalegarth in about 40 minutes. There's plenty to do at the end of the line too, well-marked walks and the nearby village of Boot has Roman remains to discover. Dogs are welcome on board for a small fee.
Muncaster Castle is the tourist attarction to visit in this part of Cumbria.
Holiday homes in Ravenglass Village
Ravenglass Village is worth a look. It consists of little more than a collection of houses - some of them holiday homes. It is a peaceful spot with a green overlooking the river. There are a couple of cafes and a hotel, therefore somewhere to go for a drink in the evening.
Self-catering has its advantages, such as being able to prepare packed lunches to take out onto the fells, but sometimes, especially after a long walk, it is a treat to just go out for an evening meal and a chat with other hoidaymakers.
Relax and enjoy the stunning lake scenery of Ullswater on a steamer. This lovely two hour voyage offers you three different points to get off and explore. The boats are well stocked with refreshments and dogs are welcome on board for just a nominal charge.
Dog friendly beaches in the Lake District
If you can tear yourself away from the Lake District’s inland charms, there are plenty of stunning beaches to discover. Sweeping south from the wild salt marshes of the Solway Firth to the vast sands of Morecambe Bay, you’ll find a plethora of pretty dog-friendly beaches to take your pick from. Perhaps you may also like the idea of a coastal dog-friendly place to stay? Here’s three of our favourites.
The handsome Georgian town of Whitehaven was once the UK’s third-largest trading port, exporting coal and textiles and importing sugar, rum, coffee, tobacco and spices. And the coastline walks around Whitehaven are some of Cumbria's best. Keep your eyes peeled for the only breeding colony of black guillemots in England. Dogs are allowed all year round. It might suit to find a dog-friendly accommodation in Whitehaven and to base the holiday around the coast with day trips to the nearest lakes of Ennerdale Water, the small lake of Cogra Moss, Crummock Water and Buttermere.
This gently shelving sand and shingle beach stretches as far as the eye can see in both directions. You can walk for miles along the coast here and enjoy views of Ireland and even Scotland on a clear day. Make sure you stick around for the stunning sunset. Dogs allowed all year round.
St Bees Beach
One of the most popular sandy spots for dog walkers. A wild and wide beach that remains totally unspoilt by commercialism. There’s just one cute café. Enjoy a bracing walk over the cliffs and check out the amazing views of the surf rolling in from the Irish Sea.