Lifestyle: Dog friendly walks in the Lake District

The Lake District is a popular destination to go on holiday, and it’s personally one of my favourite places in the UK to visit. Myself and my boyfriend go walking a lot around there, and usually make a weekend out of it by camping and planning the best scenic routes.

As I tend to post a lot of photos from my UK trips on my Instagram and other social accounts, I get a lot of you asking for my recommendations for where to visit around the lakes – especially with pets.

Luckily, the Lake District is one of the pet-friendly places to holiday in the  UK (you’re in luck!), so what better way to enjoy it than to stay at a dog friendly hotel with your four legged friend?

So in answer to my readers who often ask for recommendations about places in the Lake District to take dogs on amazing walks with sensational views, here are four of my favourites:

Keswick to Threlkeld old railway line

There’s a great walk to be had from Keswick to Threlkeld, via the old railway line. Due to floods in 2015, the original through route is not available. However, walkers (not cyclists) now have access to a new path just past Low Briery which will take you through Brundholme Woods to Brundholme Road, giving you a way in to Threlkeld. It won’t be suitable for wheelchairs or prams but is fine for a good walk with your dog.

In Threlkeld, there is a coffee shop and also two pubs for drinks and snacks. You have the option of taking the bus back to Keswick from there (dogs travel free of charge). If you are feeling more adventurous, you can return on the Latrigg route.

Keep in mind there is some uphill hiking that way on the return. However, it includes a worthwhile view when you make it to the top.

Walla Crag

Walla Crag is 379 metres high, although the walk is not very long – around an hour of walking to the top and then back if you go from Ashness Bridge. Even so, you will be rewarded with stunning views. The Derwent Water vista is breathtaking. Dogs are allowed on the Keswick Launch to the Ashness Gate landing stage.

Pop a dog lead on to your furry friend on the narrow road from the landing stage to the Ashness Bridge, then keep going up to the top. Your way back down will lead you to Keswick.

Cat Bells and Derwent Water Lakeshore

For extraordinary panoramic views over Keswick, Borrowdale and Derwent Water, the Cat Bells walk is perfect. You will start this walk at Hawes End. You have the option of taking the dog-friendly Keswick Launch to Hawes End landing stage, the bus, or driving to get to your start point.

Keep in mind there are no watering holes, so you should bring water for you and your dog.

Barrow and Stile End, Braithwaite

This walk is great for newcomers to fell walking, with its simple to navigate route. It is very close to Keswick, beginning and ending in the village of Braithwaite and with easy access from the A66. Try to get there early during the peak tourist season, as parking is limited.

You will need a lead for your dog at the start of the walk, as you will be going past farmland, but after that, your dog can run freely. At the top of the Barrow and Stile End peaks, you will be amazed by the 360-degree views of the north-western Lake District. Keswick, Skiddaw, the Newlands, Derwent Water, and Helvellyn are all included in the view.

When you get back to Braithwaite, there are two dog-friendly pubs where you can enjoy a meal and a drink. There are also free public toilets on the B5292.

There is so much to see and do in the Lake District and around Keswick. I’ve simply pulled together just a few of the walks that are available in the area, so get the family together, check into a dog-friendly hotel  and see what beauty you can find. Your dog is sure to love you for it!

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