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Dog Friendly Walks In The Lake District

16 October 2018

Dog walking

As a nation of dog lovers, getting out and about with our beloved four-legged family members is something that many of us really enjoy. The Lake District is one of the most popular destinations for those who have dogs to come and enjoy some walking, and here at Pure Leisure, you are more than welcome to bring your dog with you if you’re visiting any of our parks up in the Lakes.

Bringing your dog with you is easy in the Lake District, as there are a great many walks that are dog-friendly. So long as you take care to keep them on a lead if you encounter any sheep or other livestock. There are also a lot of dog-friendly cafes in the area, meaning you can always find somewhere to enjoy some refreshments. If you aren’t sure how long your dog needs for walkies, try this fun tool by Rover, which calculates how long a dog needs to exercise!

So which are the best hikes to go on with your dog in tow? We’ve picked out some of our favourite routes to share with you, so read on if you’re looking for a little bit of inspiration!



Head to Keswick for one of the most stunningly beautiful parts of the region. A Stroll around Derwentwater surrounded by the mountains is a sight worth seeing. You can either choose to do the whole nine-mile route or enjoy one of the other routes around the area.

Route description for Lakeshore walk


Cat Bells

Cat Bells is a wonderful and rewarding walk as it is relatively easy one but with views that certainly don’t disappoint. The circular walk from Hawes End is popular with dog walkers, and you’ll be rewarded with amazing views over Keswick.

Route description for Hawes End circular


Grizedale Forest

Grizedale Forest is a wonderful place to walk your four-legged friend, as there is 24km of wonderful nature to explore. There are many different routes for you and your dog to enjoy. As well as sculptures dotted around throughout the forest, with new pieces added regularly.

Once you’ve tired your party out walking, there is a lovely dog friendly cafe where you can enjoy some refreshments and refuel for the journey home.

Find details of walks in Grizedale here


Whinlatter Forest

Another wonderful forest to enjoy is Whinlatter, near Keswick. You’ll be able to enjoy views across Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick, and there are a number of dog friendly routes.

There is a cafe in the forest, and although dogs are not allowed inside, there is covered seating outside where you can sit together.

Find details of walks in Whinlatter here



Loweswater offers a nice, easy walk for you and your four-legged friend. This is in one of the quieter parts of the Lake District, and there is plenty of lovely scenery to enjoy. The walk itself is easy and accessible to all, including those in a wheelchair. You’ll also pass through Holme Wood which is the perfect place for a game of fetch!

Route description for Loweswater walk


Lowther Castle and Gardens

This castle near Penrith was built in 1806, and its grand shell still remains within its 130-acre estate. There are gardens and woodland, and one of the country’s largest adventure playgrounds so it is perfect for bringing the whole family.

Dogs are allowed on leads in the grounds, as well as at designated tables in the cafe. But they aren’t allowed on the Lost Castle playground. There is plenty of strolling around to be done, and it makes for a great day out.

Find out more about Lowther Castle and Gardens here


We hope this has given you a few ideas for places you may wish to visit while exploring the Lake District with your four-legged family members. Do be sure to check the availability of our Lake District parks if you are planning a trip soon!