Top 5 dog friendly places to visit in the Lake Districton a wet afternoon if you have a dog

Motor Museum at Backbarrow only 5 minutes from Woodside and 15 minutes from Fell View

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.

Backbarrow Motor Museum
Backbarrow Motor Museum

Lake Windermere boat cruises


Even on a wet day the cruisers will be on the lakes.

Windermere Lake Cruises  (if you are staying at Woodside, you can walk to the cruisers, 15 minutes from Fell View)

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,

Stay at either Woodside or Fell View and visit the Spa for free ,as many times as you like for the whole of your holiday. Providing that your dogs will settle and are happy, leave them at one of our cottages and enjoy the spa when its a wet day. What could be better?


Grizedale Forest

Dress for the weather and enjoy the scenery of Grizedale. 15 minutes from woodside and 25 minutes from Fell View.

 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 !

Grizedale Forest

Lakeside to Haverthwaite Railway

Lakeside to Haverthwaite railway

The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway (if you are staying at Woodside, you can walk to the steam trains, Fell View is 15 minutes away.)

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,

Lakeside to Haverthwaite steam railway welcomes well behaved dogs, who can travel for free, but not on seats!