We are seeing more and more people who like to bring their four legged furry friends on holiday with them and we have 4 rooms where dogs (and their well-behaved owners) can stay. However, bringing your dog with you on holiday isn't always as straightforward as just finding dog friendly accommodation, you also need to know that there are places where dogs are welcome for days out.
Being in the beautiful Lake District we are lucky enough to have some of the best dog walking countryside right on our doorstep but there are also lots of places you and your dog will be most welcome if you fancy a change from walking.
Just across Bassenthwaite Lake from us is Mirehouse and Gardens where canine friends and owners can enjoy the beautiful gardens including one that has been planted especially for bees and butterflies. Mirehouse was voted one of the prettiest picnic spots in the county by Cumbria Life and there are lovely herb beds, a heather maze as well as walks right down to the Lake shore.
If you fancy taking in the view of the Lake District by boat, then you will be pleased to know that dogs are very welcome on Keswick Launch sailings on Derwentwater. This is a beautiful way to take in the stunning scenery surrounding Derwentwater and even better, your dog is free of charge.
If you are visiting Carlisle, continue a little further north and you will come to Kirklinton Hall & Gardens which is a great place for dogs. There are 14 acres of dog friendly gardens and grounds, including walks through the ‘Fairy Glen’ and the bluebell walk down to the River Lyne. Home-made cake and tea are also available and if it is a little on the chilly side you dog can warm up in front of the log fire in the Carriage House.
Unusually for a museum, dogs are welcome to join you as you wonder around the Lakeland Motor Museum near Newby Bridge where you can see a fascinating collection of cars and motoring memorabilia as well as recreations of period shops, a 1920s garage and 1950’s café. There are also water bowls on hand and an exercise area next to the car park.
At English Heritage's Brougham Castle, near Penrith dogs are very welcome to join you as you explore the ruins of Lady Anne Clifford's former home whilst enjoying panoramic views of the Eden Valley. At another English Heritage site, Stott Park Bobbin Mill at Newby Bridge, dogs are welcome to join tours of this the last remaining working Bobbin Mill in the Lake District and see bobbins being made.
Dogs are also welcome to travel on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway or the L'aal Ratty as it is locally known. This is a narrow gauge steam railway which runs from pretty Ravenglass on the western Lake District coast through the gorgeous valley of Eskdale to Dalegarth station at the foot of the Scafell range. Great if you and your dog fancy some sight-seeing or if you are feeling a little more adventurous then you can access some cracking walks from the top.
Further down the western coast of the Lake District is historic Muncaster Castle, which has fantastic gardens to explore with your dog. There are lawns, woodland walks and gorgeous views and if you are visiting in Spring you can witness the stunning bluebells or rhododendrons and azaleas in full bloom. Whilst dogs cannot enter the Hawk and Owl Centre or the Castle itself, they can stroll the most other areas and enjoy watching the exciting “Sky Hunters” flying display every day at 2pm from the special reserved dog viewing area.