The Top 10 Dog Friendly Places To Visit When You Are In The Lake District

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The Top 10 Dog Friendly Places To Visit In The Lake District

1.Windermere Lake Cruises  (if you are staying at Woodside, you can walk to the cruisers)

There are many great days out that can be reached by boat on Windermere with Windermere Lake Cruises. Dogs on leads travel free on all boats, including the self-drive and rowing boats, and it turns out they even get a ticket of their own!

No Lake District holiday is complete without a lake cruise of some description, and with Windermere Lake Cruises you can enjoy a tour of the lake on one of its main ‘steamers’, Swan, Teal, or Tern, or travel on one of its smaller vessels to selected destinations. Dogs are welcome free of charge! 015394 43360,

2. The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway (if you are staying at Woodside, you can walk to the steam trains)

The southern tip of Windermere is home to the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, where you can take a ride on a steam locomotive, complete with 1950s carriages, as it makes its way along 3.5 miles of the former Furness Railway branch line. As Windermere Lake Cruises and the railway connect at Lakeside, consider buying a combined ticket to travel by both boat and rail – dogs travel free of charge on the railway too! 015395 31594,

3.Stott Park Bobbin Mill, Finsthwaite Across the road from Woodside Cottage

The only working bobbin mill left in the Lake District, English Heritage’s Stott Park Bobbin Mill gives you a great sense of the area’s industrial history.

Dogs on leads are welcome to explore the site along with their owners at Stott Park Bobbin Mill. Stott Park Bobbin Mill is an industrial museum which explains the process of bobbin making in the Lake District. Visitors can book a guided tour of the mill to see how a wooden bobbin is made.. There’s also a lovely walk nearby to High Dam, a man-made tarn which once fed the mill.

4. Grizedale Forest

The Forestry Commission’s Grizedale Forest is a great place to walk with your dog, and has several waymarked trails for all tastes and abilities. The forest is most famous for its outdoor sculptures, with around 40 artworks to be found along its network of pathways. Dogs are also welcome inside Grizedale’s café. 0300 067 4495,

Grizedale has everything for a great family day out.  Located to the east of Coniston Water and to the south of Hawkshead (15 minutes for Woodside) Set in the heart of the Lake District National Park, Grizedale offers an unrivalled day out for everyone.

Sculpture trails, picnic areas, forest way marked trails, (Riddings Wood is push chair/wheel chair friendly) Gruffalo Trail , mountain bike trails, Mountain bike hire but book in advance!, excellent café/tearoom. Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, Zip Trekking Adventure Forest Segway,

Have fun in Grizedale !

5.Backbarrow Motor museum Address: Old Blue Mill, Backbarrow, Ulverston LA12 8TA (if you are staying at Woodside, you can walk to the museum, in about 35 mins or take the car.)

A nostalgic visit suitable for all ages, this museum is located in Backbarrow, on the site of the former Backbarrow Blue Mill – best known for manufacturing the washing additive, Dolly Blue. Well-behaved dogs are welcome throughout the exhibition areas free of charge, but do note that Café Ambio next door doesn’t accept dogs, but you can sit on the terrace to eat food with your dog.

30,000 exhibits that trace the development of road transport throughout the twentieth century – cycles, motorbikes, motor cars and automobilia.

Housed in a converted mill in the heart of the Lake District, we’re minutes from Lake Windermere and offer joint tickets with Windermere Lake Cruises and other local attractions.

Much more than just a motor museum, our local history and period shopping displays, authentic recreations and picturesque riverside cafe makes it a great day out for the whole family.

OPEN 9:30am to 4:30pm 
every day except Christmas Day

The Lakeland Historic Car Club meet on the first Saturday of every month at the museum and Cafe Ambio. Everyone is welcome to attend whether you’re an owner, enthusiast or just keen to see some great examples of some classic local cars.

6. Claife Heights

If you want to experience a World Heritage site in all its glory, get yourself to Claife Heights Viewing station on the banks of Lake Windermere. Dogs can go into the viewing station . Four legged friends are welcome on the west shore of Windermere.  There’s a cosy cafe in the courtyard and it is open every day 11am-3pm.  With an undercover area where you and your dog can sit and enjoy a hot chocolate or soup!

By road  …Junction 36 off M6, then take A684 which becomes the A591 to Windermere and Ambleside. B5285 from Windermere via Windermere ferry 3 miles. B5286 and B5285 from Ambleside 9 miles. B5285 from Coniston 8 miles.

Parking: Ash Landing, very near Claife Viewing Station and Harrowslack, on Windermere’s west shore.

This colourful Viewing Station has endless lake views and waterside paths for you to explore

Claife Heights

7. The grounds of NT Wray Castle

Dogs are welcome in the grounds on leads; assistance dogs only inside. There are also some very good walks along the lake off the main grounds were you can let dogs off leads and play fetch by the lake. Picnic seating is available outside the castle (And cafe) so you can still partake of a lovely scone with your fury friend (weather permitting).

8. Coniston Launch and the National Trust’s Steam Yacht Gondola (outer decks only)

A cruise on Coniston Water is delightful. You can see the landscape that inspired Arthur Ransome to write his popular Swallows and Amazons series of novels! Coniston water is where Donald Campbell sadly lost his life during his ill-fated world water speed record attempt in 1967. You can choose from a number of short or longer cruise options on board a Coniston Launch or the National Trust’s Steam Yacht Gondola (dogs allowed on the outer decks but not inside the saloons), and Coniston Launch offers special ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and ‘Campbells on Coniston’ cruises too. Gondola and Coniston Launch both stop at Brantwood on the eastern shore of Coniston Water, where dogs on leads are also welcomed in the grounds (requires a ticket purchase) and café too. 017687 75753, and 015394 32733,

Coniston and the surrounding areas are full of many different attractions. From taking a cruise with the steam yacht gondola to climbing through the trees in Grizedale Forest, as well as many unique historical houses in the area, there is sure to be something for you at Coniston.

Fancy something totally unique?

Why not float back to Victorian times by travelling Lake Coniston on a steam-powered craft?

Painstakingly rebuilt from the original Victorian ‘Gondola’, passengers can enjoy the silent gentle gliding motion combining their cruise with a visit to Brantwood House or disembarking at Monk Coniston jetty for a circular walk to Tarn Hows.

Full Lake cruises run daily and take in the full length of Coniston Water with an interesting talk by the crew about Coniston’s famous connections.

Steam Yacht Gondola (outside of saloons), Coniston Water

If you’re after an extra special cruise on Coniston Water (again useful for breaking up a longer walk using the Walker’s Cruise), the National Trust’s Victorian Steam Yacht Gondola is a fantastic historic experience. Dogs are welcome on the outside decks, which is where you’ll want to be anyway on a sunny day. As with Coniston Launch, Gondola also stops at the Brantwood jetty.
Cruises commence from Coniston Pier from 11am, daily from April until the end of October.

You can also park on the road by the side of the lakes.

There are no toilets on board. Public toilets including disabled facilities are available at the pier. Refreshments available at the Bluebird cafe.

Opening details

Mon to Friday: 11am, 12 noon, 1pm (2.30pm Full Lake)
Sat & Sun: 11am Walkers/Full lake Cruise, 1pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm

Head of Lake Cruise (45 minutes)

Request stops at Brantwood for house and gardens (not NT) and Monk Coniston
Jetty for walks to Tarn Hows (approx 3 hrs). Walking leaflet available aboard. Break
your journey and re-join Gondola on a later sailing.

Full Lake Cruise (1hr & 45 minutes)

Enjoy an extended sailing aboard Gondola and soak up the atmosphere of this unique
steam yacht. Hear all about Coniston Water’s famous connections, with the option
to pre-order afternoon tea or the new ‘Steam & Cream’ hands-on experience – see
website for details.

Walkers Cruise

Cruise to Lake Bank Jetty (45 mins) for walks at the southern end of Coniston Water
or Parkamoor Jetty (55 mins) for the east shore. Walking leaflet available aboard or
download from our website (OS map and compass recommended). Walkers can
re-join Gondola at Brantwood or Monk Coniston jetties on a later sailing. You can also
stay on board for the round trip if preferred (Full Lake ticket required)51.

NT members note:
There is a 10% reduction on all scheduled round trip cruises on production of your current
membership card.

coniston gondala

9. Brantwood is a very peaceful garden. The grounds and natural gardens at Brantwood are a joy. Although not permitted in the house itself, dogs on leads are welcome in the gardens and at the café – you can buy a gardens-only ticket and parking is free. The road to Brantwood affords beautiful views of Coniston Waters. You can stop at the side of the road and take in the view. If your lucky you con see the gondola chugging up and down the lake.

10. Fell Foot Park (NT) (If you are staying at Woodside you can walk to the ferry at Lakeside and take the 5-minute ride over to Fell Foot. The ferry runs during the Summer only)

Plenty of space for your dog. Lovely walk along the bank of Lake Windermere to where it meets the River Leven. You can take a ferry over to Lakeside and then the steam train to Haverthwaite with dogs welcome on both

Stunning gardens in the Lake District

Holehird Gardens

If you are coming to the Lakes in the next few weeks (or in fact anytime of the year) and you enjoy nothing better than a walk around a beautiful garden. Then I have one of the Lake District’s best to share with you.

Holehird Gardens is spectacular . It is an extensive 10 acre site located near Windermere. It is the home of the Lakeland Horticultural Society. The garden consists of a large variety of plants, particularly those suited to the local climate with its high rainfall.
On the A592, 1 mile from Windermere. If approaching from the north, do not follow satnav but follow brown tourist signs.
The Lakeland Horticultural Society
Patterdale Road
LA23 1NP
If you are looking for quality accommodation in the area, check out Fell View and Woodside cottages