Dog Friendly Walks in The Lake District

There's no better companion to take on a walk than man's best friend and there’s no better place to explore than the Lake District National Park. Packed with outstanding natural beauty, lakeside strolls and challenging climbs that you and your four-legged friend can enjoy.

Take a look at our top 5 rambling routes for you and your pooch.

Derwentwater Circuit, Keswick

Photo Credit: Jonny Gios

Known as the ‘Queen of the Lakes’, Derwentwater is a relatively easy walk along the impressive shoreline and ancient woodland. There are lots of picnic spots along the way to rest your weary legs and take in the stunning scenery. The walk in its entirety is 10 miles long, however, there are options to do smaller sections if you prefer a more leisurely stroll.

Simpson Ground Reservoir

Simpson reservoir Lake District

Nestled in between Newby Bridge and Cartmel Fell, this lesser-known route is a real gem of a find. You may be lucky enough not to see another soul on your ascent through the enchanted woodland. As you climb through the trees, remember to look east for the most spectacular views.

The route can be very wet and boggy at times so be prepared for some seriously muddy boots. Once you reach the summit the tranquil waters of the reservoir will be worth all the effort. The walk is a great route to experience with your dog, with lots of nooks and crannies for you both to explore.

Grizedale Forest

Photo Credit: Jonny Gios

Fancy some culture? Then a day out at Grizedale Forest could be your perfect destination. Explore one of the 10 forest trails that the towering woodland has to offer. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the unique sculptures which are dotted amongst the trees. The forest is very popular with cyclists, horse riders and even segways, so make sure to keep your dogs on a lead. After your walk, you can treat yourself to a slice of cake and a cuppa in the café.

Tarn Hows

Tarn Hows, Lake District, in the winter months. Snow can be seen on the mountains in the distance.

Get ready to soak up some spectacular views. Tarn Hows is a man-made beauty spot on the outskirts of Ambleside. Surrounded by wooded hills, it’s the perfect location for an easy stroll. This stunning tarn is a big hit both with locals and visitors to The Lake District. We recommend getting there early to beat the crowds. The tarn is most popular during the summer months, although it is just as spectacular on a crisp winter’s day. Just remember to pack something warm for lunch.

Orrest Head, Windermere

Photo Credit: Ian Cylkowski

Possibly the most popular walk in The Lakes and once you reach the top it is easy to see why. The top of Orrest Head delivers 360 panoramic views over Lake Windermere and beyond. The stroll to the top will only take you around 20 minutes, a minimum effort for maximum results! You can then decide to meander back down to Windermere for a well-deserved cuppa and slice of cake, or you can carry on through Causeway farm and St Catherine's woodland. This walk is extremely popular, especially during the summer, so please remember to keep your furry friend on a lead.

Advice for walking your dog in The Lakes

Be mindful of wildlife

Cumbria has the most concentrated number of animals living in the county than any other, with sheep out-numbering people by 6:1. Farm animals will certainly not be the only creatures you will encounter on your walks. You may be lucky enough to see Red Squirrels, Osprey, Otters or Red Deer, to name a few. The Cumbrian landscape is home to lots of wildlife so take care not to disturb them in their natural habitat.


Keep dogs on a lead

It’s particularly important to keep control of your dog in areas where there's livestock.  Keep your distance from cattle which can be dangerous, especially when they have calves to protect. While lots of us love dogs, some people aren't too keen. That's why it is important to make sure your pooch is under control when other people are around, especially children.


Leave it as you found it

In 2017 the Lake District was given UNESCO status for its historical significance and outstanding natural beauty. All visitors to The Lakes are asked to take all belongings and litter away when they leave. Take a look at The Countryside Code.


Pick up the poop?

Scooping up your dog's poop helps keep the Lake District clean and safe for everyone to enjoy. Please use bins provided.


Pack the essentials

Herdy Marra Ewe Tube, Neck Warmer

Ewe Tube

Marra Foldaway

Crossbody Bag

Herdy Yan Food Flask

Food Flask

Herdy Snack Boxes

Snack Box

Beanie Hat