The best dog-friendly days out in The Lake District

May 13, 2022

There is no doubt that the Lake District is one of the best places to bring your waggy tailed friends which is why we’ve put together a list of the best dog-friendly days out in the Lakes. 

We are huge dog lovers and welcome them at both our cottages and cabins. With acres of grounds to roam, we encourage all of our guests to wander and explore The Estate with their dogs. The Estate is also the perfect base to try out lots of dog-friendly days out. From adventure activities to heritage gardens and walks galore, there is something for dogs of all shapes, sizes and ages in the Lake District. 

Read on to find the best dog-friendly days out in the Lakes. 


Ullswater Steamers

9 miles from Hutton John Estate

Ullswater Steamers - dog-friendly days out in the Lake District

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ have been transporting people across Ullswater since 1859 and are a fun way to get to the starting point of lots of walks with your dog. All dogs are welcome on board for a small charge. The boats go from Pooley Bridge, stopping at Howtown Pier then onto Aira Force Pier and finishing at Glenridding Pier (and back again). From those various piers, there are walks galore – linear, circular, hilly and not – which makes a trip on an Ullswater ‘Steamer’ a great option for all sorts of dogs. Some of our favourite walks from the piers are Aira Force (from Aira Force Pier), Hallin Fell (from Howtown Pier) and for the super-fit pooches, the length of Ullswater using the Ullswater Way footpath starting from Pooley Bridge and ending at Glenridding, enjoying the Steamer back from Glenridding Pier. 

You can find out more here.


Lowther Castle & Gardens, Penrith

10 miles from Hutton John Estate

Lowther Castle and Gardens - dogs walks in the lakes

Built in 1806, Lowther Castle is a dramatic ruin that stands within 130 acres of park, gardens and woodlands. Dogs on leads are welcome throughout the gardens and grounds apart from the adventure playground (which is probably for the best as a hefty vet’s bill could occur if they were allowed!). The gardens are great for slow wanders and sniffs. The wider Lowther Park also allows dogs and is great for longer off-lead walks with lots of different routes and footpaths. Bear in mind that there is sometimes livestock along the routes, so remember to put leads back on when necessary. 

You can find out more here.



Various distances from Hutton John Estate

dog paddleboarding in the lake district

For the adventurous dogs, taking to water via some water sports is a fun way to explore the Lake District. Paddle Boarding and canoeing are fantastic activities that you and your four-legged best friend can enjoy together whilst taking in the scenery. If you have your own water sport equipment, bring it along with you and check which lakes within the Lake District National Park you are able to use. If you’ve never tried it before and fancy giving it a go with your dog, Windermere Canoe Kayak, allow 1 dog per vessel when hiring the equipment. They have some great advice on taking your dogs with you on your water adventure.

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Allan Bank, Grasmere

20 miles from Hutton John Estate

dog friendly places in the Lakes Allan Bank Grasmere

Allan Bank was home to William Wordsworth and Hardwicke Rawnsley and today is a National Trust property like no other making it perfect for a doggy day out. Well-behaved dogs are welcomed at Allan Bank, inside the house or out and about on the grounds, even muddy ones! Wander the historic house with your pooch and then take them out to explore the large woodland grounds which have fantastic views over Grasmere. The grounds often have sheep and red squirrels about so make sure you keep your dog on their leads whilst exploring.

You can find out more here.


Whinlatter Forest, Keswick

16 miles from Hutton John Estate

whinlatter dog walking in the lakes

The Forestry Commission’s Whinlatter Forest is England’s only true mountain forest. With nine walking trails (Gruffalo trail included!) ranging from 1.6km to 8km and two running trails, Whinlatter is a great spot for off lead woodland walks with your dog. Most walks have fantastic views across Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick plus there is a lovely dog-friendly tea room back at the car park which is perfect for a post-walk refuel. 

You can find out more here.

Fancy a dog-friendly friendly holiday in The Lakes? Both our cabins and cottages welcome dogs and can be booked here.

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