A dog friendly day out on the west shore of Windermere

Claife Viewing Station and the west shore of Windermere is a great place for you and your four legged friend to explore.

The lakeshore path between Wray Castle and Claife Viewing station is a safe, car-free walk that’s bound to set your dog’s tail wagging. With lots of opportunities for pooches to paddle, it will soon become everyone’s favourite route.

Paws are permitted

At the end you will all be rewarded with stunning views across Windermere from the first floor platform in the Viewing Station. The hard-waring stone and steel materials of the Viewing Station are super dog-friendly and paws are permitted everywhere.

Dogs are also welcome in the café in the Courtyard where you can buy tasty doggy treats and they’ll appreciate the refreshing water bowl which is always kept topped up. There are even dog-friendly holiday cottages nearby that you can walk from and to, for a getaway that all family members, however many legs they have, can enjoy.

Follow our lead...

Help us keep the countryside a safe, healthy and enjoyable place for you and your dog, other visitors, wildlife and livestock:

  • Keep your dog in sight and under control - use a lead if requested
  • Don't let your dog chase wildlife or farm animals
  • Watch out for local notices. There may be restrictions in woodland or farmland at sensitive times of year, during the lambing season, or between March and the end of July when ground-nesting birds are on eggs or raising their young
  • Please always pick up after your dog

Different restrictions apply at each of our places and at different times of year, so we'd really apreciate it if you were a responsible dog owener. 

Dog sitting by fire

Dog-friendly cottages in the Lake District 

Bring pup along too and stay in our dog-friendly cottages. They’re based on the shoreline of Lake Windermere or close to Scafell Pike, so you and pup can enjoy hassle-free walks amidst the stunning scenery.