Dog Friendly Cottages in the Lake District

The Lake District is England’s largest national park – which is fitting considering how many people flock to the region to enjoy all the wondrous natural splendor it has to offer. The area is also known as the Lakes and Lakeland, helping to emphasise just how incredible the lakes are and why they are a worthy holiday destination.

12 Dog Friendly Cottages Found

Loweswater

Near Sawrey, Ambleside, LA22 0LB

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This beautiful stone cottages is close to Esthwaite Water in the Lake…

From £374 per week
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Wharf Cottage

Carnforth LA6 1HS, UK

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Wharf Cottage is a dog-friendly, 200-year-old canal-side cottage, very close to the…

From £446 per week
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Mill Cottage

Garnett Bridge, Kendal LA8 9AZ

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Mill Cottage is a Grade II listed cottage in the little hamlet…

From £474 per week
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Bibby Lot

Graythwaite, Ulverston LA12 8BQ, UK

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Bibby Lot is a dog-friendly, mid-terrace cottage, nestled in a courtyard of…

From £507 per week
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Anvil Cottage

Near Sawrey, Ambleside LA22 0LB, UK

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Dog-friendly Anvil Cottage in the Lake District is opposite the home of…

From £533 per week
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Thornyfield Cottage

Crook, Kendal LA8 8LW, UK

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Thornyfield Cottage is a semi-detached cottage next to the Winster Valley in…

From £536 per week
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Beech How Cottage

Windermere LA23 3LP, UK

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Dog-friendly Beech How Cottage is on the edge of Lake Windermere, just…

From £616 per week
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Deer How Farm

Patterdale, Penrith CA11 0NL

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Deer How Farm is close to the village of Glenridding in the…

From £1,053 per week
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Bassicks Cottage

Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22, UK

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Bassicks is a traditional stone-built Victorian cottage with the opportunity to explore…

From £1,237 per week
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Hammerhole

Near Sawrey, Ambleside LA22 0LB

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Dog-friendly Hammerhole is a cottage on the shores of Lake Windermere, with…

From £1,374 per week
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Take the dogs to the Lake District

Our dog friendly guides for The Lake District will ensure you make the most out of your trip, and highlight the landmarks, towns and experiences that make this part of the country one of the most popular dog walking destinations in Britain. From places to walk to castles to explore, the area is rich in family friendly activities and even some of the most human-orientated experiences allow you to bring along your four-legged companions. The villages themselves are exceedingly charming, so just walking down the streets can seem like a day-trip – not that you’ll find yourself at a loss for things to do with dogs in The Lake District.

Our guides will tell you where to walk, explore and enjoy by unpacking the significance of the best parts of the Lake District. Understanding the major towns and villages could help influence where you stay and subsequently what you do. That said, everywhere is relatively close if you have a car, so you don’t have to limit yourself to the closest activities. The Lake District National Park being as conserved, protected and pristine as it is, there aren’t actually that many settlements within the area, but the largest settlements include: Keswick, Windermere, Ambleside, and Bowness-on-Windermere.

Keswick is not just a market town surrounded by jaw-droppingly beautiful mountains which are perfect destination for a dog walk, but is also home to The Cumberland Pencil Museum, the Keswick Museum & Art Gallery, Derwent Water which boast boat tours and a lakeside theatre, and Castlerigg Stone Circle which has a fascinating Neolithic history.

Windermere Village is a civil parish whose name ought to be familiar to anyone even vaguely familiar with the natural scope of Britain, as Lake Windermere is the biggest natural lake in not just the Lake District but in England. Beaten on the biggest natural lake in Britain by none other than Loch Ness, of course, which remarkably contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined. Though the lake is a critical feature of this town, it’s not all it has to offer, and you can make a day of exploring Windermere Village, which expanded around its little railway station and is now home to picture-perfect cottages, the feat of architecture that is St Mary’s Church, and breathtaking viewpoints of the sweeping hills.

An amble through Ambleside should be a priority in this region, because this Cumbrian town marks the head of Windermere Lake. It is a small town, but it packs a punch and its quaint shops, streets and restaurants make it a top tourist destination.

Visitors of Bowness-on-Windermere usually have similar sentiments, and that is that they will be returning – dogs in tow. Due to its proximity to Windermere’s banks, it is one of the most popular parts of the Lake District to visit. It provides everything you’d need for an active, dog-friendly holiday filled with walking, splashing around and exploring the Victorian influenced town centre.

Using these towns as accommodation markers, you are then able to enjoy all the dog friendly activities in the Lake District with relative ease. You can from Lowther Castle and Gardens to Lakeland Motor Museum depending on whether you’re looking for a scenic meander or an informative one, and you’d still only be checking off two of the many things to do with dogs in the area. All in all, it’s definitely a neck of the woods you’ll be wanting to get familiar with.

Those into dog walking will have plenty to keep them occupied. Some of the best mountains are in this region, including Scafell Pike at 978 metres, Skiddaw at 931 metre and Great Gable at 899 metres.

You can’t go to the Lake District, though, and not visit its namesake. There are numerous lakes to visit. The biggest lake in the district is Bassenthwaite Lake, which is 4 miles long and ³⁄₄ miles wide. It’s shallow, so it’s perfect for wading, splashing and for children’s play. If you’re more interested in a lake that’s deeper and therefore suitable for water sports and the likes, Lake Windermere is more for you.

If you are visiting Lake Windermere, you’re going to want to go to The World of Beatrix Potter museum, a tourist attraction dedicated to this iconic British children’s writer who brought the likes of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny to life from this part of England.