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Dog friendly walks in the Lake District

Posted on 31st March 2017 by CE Team

When it comes to staycations in the UK, the Lake District is one of the most popular destinations. The Lakes covers more than 885 square miles of beautiful rolling hills and picturesque towns. If you want somewhere to enjoy the spring and summer weather with your dog by your side, then book one of our dog-friendly cottages in Lake District and there are some wonderful dog-friendly walks in the Lake District that you can both enjoy together.

Barrow Fell

This 3-mile walk should take around two and a half hours and is the is the perfect walk for you and dog. Its easy gradients give yourself a great reward with stunning 360 degree views at the summit. You’ll be able to spot Grisedale Pike, Bassenthwaite Lake, Whinlatter Forest, Causey Pike and over to Derwentwater and Keswick. You can also enjoy a relaxing drink in one of the local pubs in the village of Braithwaite.

Walla Crag

Walla Crag at 1243ft really stands out and boasts Derwentwater at its feet with the impressive Skiddaw dominating the landscape. This walk involves a brief trip on the Keswick Launch to the Ashness Gate, and of course your dog is welcome on the launch too. You can then follow the walk up a narrow road to the well-known Ashness Bridge. You will be spoilt by some of the most spectacular views, especially at the top of crag. On your way back you will pass pretty woodland before returning to Keswick.


This nine-mile walk will take you around four hours and is one of the most popular walks in the UK. Taking you a full circuit of Derwentwater is a moderate walk that is perfect for taking your dog along on too. You can choose to go clockwise or anti-clockwise around the lake commencing from The Moot Hall in Keswick, which offers information for tourists and maps too!


Castlehead Viewpoint is often overlooked as one of the quainter walks in the lake district. The 2.6 mile walk offers offering a moderate walk to ensure ease for taking your dog along. Located to the south of Keswick, Castlehead Viewpoint provides views of Derwent Water.


In the heart of the Lake District, nestled close to Coniston, Elterwater offers an excellent 4 mile stroll that will not be too demanding on your dog but will also offer a great deal of exercise for him and you!

Keswick to Threlkeld

This walk that takes you from the old railway line from Keswick to Threlkeld is wonderful for people of all ages and their doggy companions. It is an easy, flat walk that will suit dogs who perhaps prefer to take things at a gentle stroll rather than charging ahead. The 4-mile walk passes by some lovely woodland, fields and over a number of bridges that cross the river. Keep an eye out for deer, red squirrels, kingfishers, herons and woodpeckers along the way.

When you reach Threlkeld, you will find a couple of charming pubs and a coffee shop where you can have a rest and enjoy some refreshments. If you don’t want to take the walk back, then you and your dog can jump on one of the regular buses which will take you back to Keswick. Or if you want more of a challenge, then return via Latrigg, it does include a rather steep uphill hike, but once you get to the top, the wonderful views more than make up for the effort.

Caring for your dog on your walk

Don’t forget, it’s important to look after your dog when you take them walking with you. You also need to make sure that your dog doesn’t scare farm animals when you are out on your walks. If you spot a large herd nearby, then it’s wise to put your dog on their lead until you are well out of the way. You also need to make sure that dog is kept well hydrated along your walks with cool water.