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Why Dogs Love the Lake District

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When you have a dog, they are always a big part of your considerations when looking for holiday ideas. For UK holidays, one area that dogs always love to visit is the Lake District and one of the best ways to enjoy all the Lake District has to offer with your four-legged friends is by booking a cottage holiday with the Coppermines.

Planning a great holiday with your dog is exciting, so below are some ideas on how you and your paw family can enjoy the lakes when the Covid restrictions allow.

Dog-friendly Cottages

One of the top reasons that the Lake District is a popular spot for dog and family holidays is that there are so many places that offer dog-friendly accommodation.  Luxury cottages are the perfect example – self-contained with all the facilities of home, you can live in them during your holiday and many will accept your furry family member too. You can search for specific dog friendly cottages on our website.

Also, when you are out and about in the area, there are lots of dog-friendly places to stop.  From water bowls outside the shops for those warm days through to pubs where your dog is as welcome as you, there are plenty of places you can all visit and feel comfortable.

The best dog walks

The other big reason that dogs love the Lake District is that there are so many amazing places to walk them.  Here are a few of our favourites.

Catbells to Derwentwater

The name aside, this is the perfect walk for humans and dogs.  It offers you the chance to get the best views across Keswick and is a circular walk so you end up back in the starting point.  Hop on the boat from Keswick to Hawes End then walk around the lake shore and up to Catbells then down the other side and back to the boat landing.

Rydal Water

If you want a short but enjoyable walk, this is the one for you.  There is a 1-mile route around the lake that is ideal for a short walk.  Or if you want to take the longer route, there’s a seven-mile route that starts in Ambleside and covers a circle.  Within the circle is Loughrigg Tarn and Grasmere as well as the lake.  There are some stunning views of Lily Tarn and Lakeland as well.

Walla Crag

This is another slightly longer one, running to about 6.5 miles so great for a dog with lots of energy to run off!  You start in the market square in Keswick then head along to Castlehead before proceeding to Calfclose and across the Ashness Bridge.  You then reach Walla Crag before returning to Keswick.


This is around route around a lake and is around 4 miles in length.  There’s some stunning scenery and also Holme Wood which is a great place to stop and play chase the stick for a bit.  It has its own car park too.

Stunning, dog-friendly area

The Lake District is a stunning area to visit and is also very dog friendly, with everything from cottages to pubs willing to include your furry friend.  With the many walks available, there’s plenty for you to see and your dog to sniff during your Lake District Cottage Holiday.

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