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A Dog Friendly Guide for The Lake District

The Lake District is one of the best places in the UK to take your four legged friend, with its wide range of open spaces and many pet-friendly attractions and places to eat.

So if you are looking for dog friendly attractions in the Lake District you will be delighted to know there are plenty of places where your dog is very welcome too Below we list some of our favourite walks and also list out the many dog-friendly attractions so you can plan your trip to the Lakes with ease.

Much of the land in the Lake District is used for grazing and farming, so when walking in open spaces please be aware of livestock and dogs need to kept to heel and under control. There are also ground-nesting birds at certain times of year. 

Top Dog Walking Spots

Both you and your four-legged-friend will love the scenic walks you can enjoy when you visit the Lake District. Tick off one of the many Wainwright routes or for the less adventurous, take a stroll around the lake. Below are a few of our favourite walks, all within a short drive of our hotel.

1. Grizedale Forest
Distance from The Swan - 27 mins by car | 10.3 miles
Grizedale Forest Park - set in the heart of the Lake District, is a wonderful place to walk your four-legged friend. There are 8 different marked routes to enjoy; ranging from a suitable for all 1 miler through to the Silurian Way, a strenuous 5hr walk. Grizedale is most famous for its many sculptures that can be found dotted throughout the forest.
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2. Scout Scar 
Distance from The Swan - 22 mins by car | 9.5 miles
Enjoy one of the best views across the entire southern lakes, Scout Scar offers an incredible panorama view of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria. There is a popular and fairly easy circular walk for those only wanting a short stroll (1.5 miles), but yet wanting excellent panoramic views. For those that want to head a little further afield the walk can be easily extended
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3. Cartmel Fell 
Distance from The Swan - 12 mins by car | 5 miles
Cartmel Fell is a hamlet with a population of just 329 (2011). This circular route is just over 3 miles long, enjoy open hillside, woodland,  traditional buildings and two endearing little tarns.
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4. Cockshott Point 
Distance from The Swan - 13 mins by car | 7.5 miles
Cockshott Point is a National Trust property located to the south of Bowness Bay, with meadow, woodland and a long foreshore. There is an easily accessible looped walk suitable for both dogs and pushchairs, so a perfect trip for the whole family. The highlight of the route is the views across Windermere and towards Belle Isle and the Round House. 
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5. Windermere West Shore & Claife Viewing Station 
Distance from The Swan - 17 mins by car | 7 miles
Wander in woodlands and stumble upon Claife Viewing Station, an 18th-century tourist attraction. The lakeshore path between Wray Castle and Claife Viewing station is a safe, car-free walk that’s perfect for the whole family. It features great views of the islands, interesting woodland archaeology and the Victorian Gothic Wray Castle and the café in the courtyard is dog friendly too.
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Dog Friendly Days Out

The Lake District is a great place to bring your dog on holiday.

Take a free ride on Windermere Lake Cruises or enjoy miles of walking trails at Grizedale Forest. As a holiday destination you will find that in towns such as Keswick and Ambleside dogs are welcome in many shops and pubs, whilst cafés often have tables outside.  

Below are our favourite places to visit with pooch. All within a 30 minute drive from The Swan. 

Places to go

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