The Lake District covers over 800 square miles of stunning countryside, with its rolling hills and beautiful towns set within them. It’s always been immensely popular with visitors, and the scenery and huge selection of walking routes makes it the ideal choice for a weekend getaway with your dog.
Here are just five of the best Lake District walks that you and your four-pawed friend will both enjoy:
- Barrow Fell – 3 miles
With a staggering altitude of around 1,500 ft, Barrow Fell offers stunning, panoramic views at the top. From the summit, you’re able to spot a range of beautiful bodies of water such as Grisedale Pike and Causey Pike, and the vast Whinlatter Forest, while you might even be able to see the dog friendly hotel in Keswick as well as nearby Derwentwater. The gradients of this walk are fairly kind and shouldn’t be too tiresome for you and your dog.
- Castlehead – 2.6 miles
Castlehead Viewpoint also offers stunning views of Derwentwater, but is often overlooked despite its easy and enjoyable route. It’s located to the south of Keswick and provides a nice, quaint walk for a stroll with your dog.
- Walla Crag – 6.5 miles
This walk is full to the brim with the best of the Lake District’s magnificent scenery and gives your dog a good, long run out. You can start at the market square in Keswick, before heading up to Castlehead and along the path to Calfclose, then heading onward to Ashness Bridge before finally dashing up Walla Crag. This route ends with a charming loop back to the market square.
- Keswick to Threlkeld – 4-8 miles
There’s a disused railway line running between Keswick and Threlkeld that is ideal for walkers of all abilities; the terrain is good and flat, making it perfect for pottering on over a nice distance. This route begins at the Keswick swimming baths and heads directly on to Threlkeld through stunning woodland, the rolling countryside, and features several river crossings. Herons and kingfishers can make an appearance along this route, as can the rarely seen red squirrel. Threlkeld has two pubs to refresh yourself at before making the return journey — which, if you don’t fancy it, can be replaced by a trip on the regular dog-friendly bus service back to Keswick.
- Ullswater – 8 miles
You and your dog can both travel by Ullswater steamer from Glenridding to Howtown, enjoying the fabulous cruise on England’s most beautiful lake. Once at Howtown, you take the path to the right and follow it all the way to Patterdale. There are miles upon miles of paths for your canine friend to enjoy before you arrive at the White Lion, which is a dog-friendly pub.
Your dog is bound to enjoy a trip to the Lake District as much as you
These walks are just a few examples of the breathtaking views on offer in walking routes across the Lake District. Whether a local to the area or visiting from afar, a holiday away with your dog couldn’t be as ideal as in the Lake District, offering everything that your pooch could want to enjoy the trip along with you.
Keswick is especially fit as a holiday destination as it carries a range of dog-friendly cafes and restaurants, as well as being at the heart of many of the most popular walking routes. For stunning views over countryside that is unmatched in its natural beauty, get yourself and your dog up to the Lake District this summer for the ideal outdoors holiday.