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Dog Friendly Faves: The Lake District

The latest edition of our 'Dog Friendly Faves' series, where we will cover different cities and towns we visit to showcase our favourite places to eat, drink, play, and stay!

Misty mountains and giant lakes peppered with quaint little villages give the Lake District a fairytale feel.


Inn on the Lake, Ullswater, Glenridding CA11 0PE

An impossibly cosy, dog-friendly hotel right on the lake. Stunning views of mountains and water, great food and drink, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We stayed here in December 2020, right before the great Christmas Covid lockdown. We have fond memories of sipping mulled wine in the lobby area, walking around the beautiful grounds, and warming up in our room. We ate all of our meals in the hotel restaurant, which was quite good, but sadly dogs are not allowed in the dining area.

Mr Win curls up in our room for a little nap

We visited during Christmastime and the hotel and the gazebo out back were both all lit with string lights.


Aira Force, Watermillock, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0JS

A beautiful woodland walk with sweeping mountain views and a GUSHING waterfall. I don't think we were expecting just how powerful this waterfall was going to be--we were blown away!

Castlerigg Stone Circle, Castle Lane, Underskiddaw, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4RN

Move over, Stonehenge! Not only is Castlerigg one of the oldest stone circles in Great Britain, it is free to visit, set against a gorgeous landscape of mountains, dog-friendly, and blissfully quiet. The day we visited (a rainy and windy afternoon in mid-December) it was quite cold and we didn't stay long, but we managed to get a picture of King Winnie traipsing about this prehistoric site.

Grasmere Lake Circular Walk, Red Bank Road Car Park, Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9SW

Park in the picturesque village of Grasmere, home to loads of dog-friendly restaurants, cafés, and pubs and the legendary (but, unfortunately, not dog-friendly) Grasmere Gingerbread. Most of this fairly flat circular walk hugs close to the shore of Grasmere Lake (and the paths are nice and wide), but there are some parts that bring you right along busy roads, so take caution. The views are absolutely stunning, and before you hop in your car and go home, you can meander through Grasmere along the paths that line the River Rothay.

What are your Lake District favourites? Comment below!

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