The best dog-friendly days out in the Lake District

September 30, 2023

Just like Shadow, our much-loved black lab, we very much see your dog as a part of the family and that’s why we don’t expect you to leave them at home when you come to stay!

Every one of our cottages and cabins has been designed with the practicalities of dogs in mind from the utility rooms in our cottages that are perfect for wiping off muddy paws, to the easy clean flooring!

With several walks from the door across the Estate, you will be able to make sure that dogs come back tired and happy and ready to flop in front of one of our cottage’s log-burning stoves. Just pick up one of our Estate maps, grab your wellies and head out for a day’s exploring the local woodlands, rivers and rolling countryside.

If you fancy something a little further afield, we are fortunate to be near some of the county’s finest lakes, mountains and dog-friendly tourist attractions.

Here are our top dog-friendly places to visit, all within an easy drive away:

Explore the restored gardens of Lowther Castle

Just a short drive from Penrith, near the delightfully quaint village of Askham, sits the majestic castle ruins of Lowther Castle. Built in 1806, it was demolished in 1957 leaving just the walls and outer shell of the main castle. Since then, the once-abandoned gardens have been lovingly restored with delightful lawns, rose gardens, summer houses, ponds and more. More recently, the addition of a ‘lost castle’ in the woods offers the perfect adventure for little ones to run off some steam. The gardens welcome dogs on leads (excluding the adventure playground) making it the perfect place to visit for the whole family, whatever the weather.

Ullswater steamers across the lake

Steam across the water

Having been in service since 1859, Ullswater Steamers offers the perfect way to explore the dramatic mountains and large lake. You can pick up the steamer from nearby Pooley Bridge and explore the many quaint tea rooms and gift shops. Choose to take a tour of the lake or hop on / hop off and tie it in with a walk along the water’s edge or explore one of the many mountains lining the lake.

Check out our recent walking journal post on some of the best walks for all age groups in the area. 

Discover Aira Force

 Aira Force, a 65 ft waterfall offers dramatic walks and tranquil woodland strolls. A place once loved by Wordsworth, that inspired some of his finest works is now owned by the National Trust and dogs on leads are welcomed on all the trails around Aira Force. After a trek to the top, enjoy a well-earned treat at the tea room or take a picnic to enjoy at the lake’s edge.

Take in the view across the Eden Valley

 Just a few miles east of Penrith and located next to the River Eamont, Brougham Castle enjoys one of the finest views in the area. Founded in the early 13th Century, the great keep largely survived. A once formidable barrier from the Scots, the castle offers many passageways and staircases to explore. Climb to the top of the keep and enjoy panoramic views over the Eden Valley. The onsite shop serves a selection of hot and cold drinks or bring a picnic to enjoy on the banks of the river. Dogs on leads are welcomed in all areas.

Explore a medieval home and gardens

 Located just a 15-minute drive from Hutton Estate, Hutton-in-the-Forest is a spectacular
family home dating back to the 1400s. The unusual yet beautiful architecture and interiors
are perfect for exploring on a rainy day. The surrounding gardens and woodlands were laid
in the 17th Century and include topiary terraces, lawned gardens, ponds and woodland
walks. Keep a look out for the Estate’s many events throughout the summer including the
popular Potfest in the Park. The gardens and woodland walks are dog-friendly and perfect for picnics.

Dog-friendly stays at Hutton John Estate

We love our four-legged visitors so much that we won’t charge you a penny for bringing
them! Choose from our dog-friendly cottages sleeping four to 10 people here or, for
something a little more in the wild, check out our dog-friendly cosy cabins for two here.

Three beautiful and lovingly restored cottages. Where heritage meets modern-day living. 

Sleeps 4, 6, or 10.

Four contemporary cabins, immersed in nature. Where the outdoors meets luxury. 

Sleeps 2.

Passed down through generations, our family and history are at the heart of the approximately 300 acre Hutton John Estate.

any questions?

If you have any questions or queries about the Estate, or our Accommodation, get in touch.