Dog walking in the Lake District

From challenging fells to easy lakeside strolls, there are some amazing dog walks in the Lake District. Here are just a few places you can enjoy the Lake District with your dog, plus some advice about keeping wildlife, livestock and your dog safe in the countryside.

Visitors walking through a garden in spring

Visiting this spring 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops and countryside locations are open to visit. Subject to government confirmation, we're planning to reopen houses in England and Wales from 17 May, and in Northern Ireland from 24 May. Advance booking for visits helps us keep everyone safe and socially distanced. At quieter times such as weekdays, booking shouldn't be necessary, but to guarantee entry we recommend booking in advance, especially at weekends and bank holidays. Please check the property webpage before you visit and follow government guidance.

Visitors walking their dog at Tarn Hows, Cumbria

Tips for visiting the Lake District with your dog

If you're exploring the Lake District countryside with your dog, there are some guidelines you need to stick to. Sheep, other livestock and ground-nesting birds are all at risk, so please keep your dog under close control.

A dog by the fire at Sticklebarn in Langdale Cumbria

Dogs at Sticklebarn and The Langdales

Access all the information you need about visiting Sticklebarn pub and The Langdales with your faithful, four-legged friend.

The welcome building at Aira Force in Ullswater

Dog walking at Aira Force

We know that there is no better companion for a walk than your dog and Aira Force is the perfect place to explore, on four legs or two.

Two ladies walking with dogs at Claife Viewng Station

A dog-friendly day out at Claife Viewing Station and on the west shore of Windermere

Four-legged friends are welcome on the west shore of Windermere.

Family and dogs walking in Stonethwaite, Borrowdale

Find your perfect Borrowdale walk

Download seven different walks, discover our way-marked trails and find out how easy it is to step out among spectacular lakeland scenery without venturing too far from a cup of tea.

Steam Yacht Gondola with steam

Take a trip on the Steam Yacht Gondola 

This restored Victorian yacht is dog-friendly, carrying people and pooches across Coniston Water in the spring, summer and autumn months. Hop on and off for great walks along the shore at Coniston and up to Tarn Hows.

Pet dogs with their owners outside a holiday cottage

Stay in a dog-friendly cottage 

Make your trip to the Lakes even more special with a stay in one of our dog-friendly holiday cottages.

A visitor walks her dog through parkland

Dog walking in the North West 

Discover some of the best countryside dog walks in the North West. From short strolls to longer rambles, here are our top picks for dog walkers around Cheshire, Liverpool and beyond.