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Dog Friendly Pubs In The Lake District

9 August 2019

Dog friendly pubs


There’s no better place to get out and about with your dog than in the Lake District. It’s a great place for us to get out and enjoy the beautiful landscape with our four-legged friends, and there’s nothing better than a cold drink and a hearty meal after a day of exploring or wandering the fells.

For many dog owners, knowing that there are dog-friendly pubs in the area that they are visiting put their mind at ease when planning their holidays – after all, knowing that your faithful friend is welcome always makes for a happier holiday!

Luckily, the Lake District is very dog-friendly, and there are plenty of dog friendly pubs in the Lake District that welcome pooches of all sizes!


Ship Inn, Coniston

If you’re in or around the Coniston area, have taken on Coniston Old Man or simply passing through and need to stop off for a drink and bite to eat with your dog, the Ship Inn is a great place to choose.

With beautiful views over the town of Coniston, the Ship Inn is the perfect pub to just kick back and enjoy the real Lake District vibe. It’s located on the Cumbrian Way route, so is always welcoming walkers and their dogs. It has a wide range of local and well-known beers, wines, ciders and spirits, as well as soft drinks. 

The pub also serves food, so make sure that you take a look at their delicious, locally sourced menu.


The Drunken Duck Inn, Ambleside

With many beautiful walks around Ambleside, it’s only right that there are dog-friendly pubs in the area. At The Drunken Duck Inn, you can take your pooch into the bar area and enjoy a meal, but unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed in the restaurant area. This means that you will be unable to book a table, but you will still be able to take advantage of the extensive bar menu and range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

The Drunken Duck Inn is another establishment which prides itself on using delicious local products, you won’t be short of delicious food choices, including a unique vegetarian selection.


The Royal Oak, Keswick

Keswick has been named consistently for a number of years as one of the most dog-friendly towns in the UK, and in 2018 was in the top three. With this kind of recognition, it’s definitely a location in the Lakes that is popular with dog-walkers… and for good reason!

The Royal Oak is one of the dog-friendly pubs that many walkers enjoy stopping off at. Describing themselves as being located ‘in the heart of hillwalkers paradise’, you can definitely see why it’s popular.

Situated in the beautiful town of Keswick which is as picturesque as it is practical for walkers, many people enjoy taking their pooches on one of the many walks around Windermere, Rydal, Grasmere, Thirlmere and Derwentwater. 

Tuck into their delicious menu, which showcases the best produce of the area, and enjoy a sit in their beautiful bar area or beer garden with your pooch. It’s the perfect place for you both to fuel up and relax.


The Wateredge Inn, Windermere

The tourist hotspot of Lake Windermere is perfect for dog-lovers and, like Keswick, there are plenty of dog-friendly pubs to attract walkers and their dogs to refuel and relax. With plenty of walking routes to choose from, dog-friendly boat rides to take and more, Windermere is a great place to enjoy with your pooch by your side.

The Wateredge Inn is situated just off Lake Windermere and you are welcome to bring your dog into the lower bar area, where you are able to enjoy meals including breakfast with your dog by your side. They also suggest Borrans Park, which is adjacent to Wateredge Inn, to walk your dog, but all dogs are required to remain on leads while in the pub’s grounds.


Sticklebarn Tavern, Langdales

If you’ve taken on some of the famous fells in the Langdales with your dog and are looking for somewhere to kick back for the evening where your pooch is also welcome, the Sticklebarn Tavern is definitely worth taking a look at.

Their menu is also a little different, with a huge focus on being planet friendly. With so many people passing through the area, the pub has taken it upon itself to be as environmentally conscious as possible when sourcing their ingredients. You’ll still find a whole host of pub classics, as well as some local dishes for you to try.

They look after your pooch as well as you – even the muddiest of pups are welcome! They have towels, water bowls, dog treats and more to help keep your pooch comfy and happy.


The Wasdale Head Inn, Wasdale Head

Situated in the shadow of Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, The Wasdale Head Inn is truly a walker’s pub… which means they understand that dogs are avid walkers too!

Wasdale is one of the more remote areas of the Lakes, and you’ll benefit from the beauty of its unspoilt land. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the more tourist-orientated areas of the Lakes, and enjoy a pint or two with your best furry friend by your side. 

Treated to a proper doggy welcome, your pooch will have access to water and dog treats – and all the attention that they could possibly need – what more could they ask for?


Our pets deserve holidays too, especially when it’s in a perfect location like the Lake District. Why should they miss out on the beautiful walks and fun? That’s why here at Pure Leisure, we have a wide range of pet-friendly holidays for you to choose from. Use us as your base and head out with your pooch and enjoy  – you both deserve it!

For more information, or if you have any questions about bringing your dog with you to one of our dog friendly lake district parks, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.