Visiting Fell Foot with your dog

Ranger dog Bob looking over Windermere in the morning mist

Take a stroll alongside England’s largest lake with your four-legged friends here at Fell Foot. With parkland, Windermere’s lakeshore and the south meadow to explore, there’s plenty of space to stretch your legs.

Where can I take my dog?

We love dogs at Fell Foot and they are welcome in every part of the park apart from the children’s play area. Please remember to keep your dog on a lead in the parkland, along the lakeshore paths and in the café. If you'd like to walk your dog off lead you can do so in the south meadow provided cattle are not grazing there.

Are dogs allowed in the lake?

Yes, dogs are allowed in the water, off lead. Please keep a close eye on them during busy periods like the summer, and also remember to look out for blue green algae which often blooms in Windermere and can be potentially fatal to dogs. More information can be found on the Lake District National Park's website here (external link). When water levels are particularly high the lakeshore path can flood, concealing hidden drops and creating dangerous undercurrents, so we strongly recommend that you stay away from the water’s edge at these times.

What else do I need to be aware of at Fell Foot?

To make sure everyone has a great visit please follow our Canine Code:

Take the lead: help reduce the chance of your pup disturbing wildlife and other visitors by keeping them on a lead.

Scoop that poop: bag it and bin it to help keep the park clean and safe for others. A doggy bin can be found at the entrance to the meadow at the southern end of the park.

Paws for thought: look out for information signs and take extra care along the lakeshore path – there is a steep drop in places, especially when water levels are low.

Be on the ball: remember not everyone loves dogs, so please keep them close by.