The best dog walks in the Lake District


We all love dogs in the Sally's Cottages office. Several of us have dogs ourselves and we know that there is nothing better than heading out for a walk with your four legged friend in tow. We have over 250 pet friendly self catering cottages in the Lake District and we are always keen to share our local secrets when it comes to taking your dog on a Lake District holiday.

Here are three of Sally's favourite dog walks in the Lake District.

Dog with a stickUllswater – about 8 miles
Take the steamer from Glenridding to Howtown. Dogs and humans can enjoy sitting out on the deck and taking in the fabulous view or sampling a drink from the on board bar. Alight at Howtown and take the path to the right. It leads all the way back to Patterdale without any navigational difficulties. There are several miles of paths alongside the lake for splashing and stick throwing. Arriving in Patterdale you can get refreshments at Side Farm or carry on for another half a mile to the White Lion, a dog friendly pub in the Lake District.

Grasmere and Rydal – 5 miles
For more varied terrain try the circuit of Grasmere and Rydal. The route starts from Grasmere village heading out on a quiet road to join a terraced bridleway overlooking Grasmere lake. The path then dips through woodland and emerges in Rydal where there are several dog friendly hotels serving food and drink for non residents. A path climbs out of Rydal past Rydal Mount and carries on along the side of the fell above the village and lakes. This part of the walk is known as a 'coffin trail'. Until the 20th century, it was the route mourners had to take to bury their dead, as there was no consecrated burial ground in Rydal. You will see several large resting stones along the way where the coffin would be set down for its bearers to take a rest! The path emerges behind several old slate cottages including Dove Cottage, the most famous home of Wordsworth

Hound dog in EskdaleKeswick to Threlkeld – 4 miles or 8 miles
The old railway line from Keswick to Threlkeld (or indeed the other way round) is a delight for all ages and abilities. It is nice and flat and there is no sense of urgency so it will suit dogs that can no longer charge across the fells but still enjoy pottering along. Set out from the swimming baths in Keswick towards Threlkeld. It is a gentle 4 miles passing through beautiful woodland, stock fields and over several bridges spanning the river. Watch out for red squirrels, deer, woodpeckers, herons and kingfishers. When you get to Threlkeld there are two pubs and a coffee shop for refreshments. If you don’t fancy the walk back then hop on the regular bus back to Keswick (dogs go free) or you can vary your route and return over Latrigg which involves a bit of an uphill hike but a rewarding view when you get to the top.