So what to do when you're not out with your dog? Here we've provided some information on dog friendly places to visit in the Lake District.
Muncaster Castle near Ravenglass in the Western Lake District. You can walk around Muncaster's spectacular gardens with your dog, see the impressive collection at the World Owl Centre and enjoy some refreshments in Creeping Kate's tearoom.
Brantwood is beautifully situated with fine lake and mounting views. It was the home of John Ruskin, a Victorian writer, artist and visionary. There are gardens to walk round and the Jumping Jenny restaurant is an excellent place for lunch.
Coniston Launch. Enjoy cruising aboard 1920's launches with solar-electric power. A unique and environmentally friendly way to enjoy beautiful Coniston Water. The Launch provides a ferry service to 7 jetties, including Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin.
Grizedale Forest near Hawkshead has walks to suit all abilities and all dogs. You'll have the added pleasure of spotting the scultures that are dotted along the way.
Holker Hall near Cartmel in the south of Cumbria has beautiful gardens and an excellent tearoom.
Windermere Lake Cruises
Windermere Lake Cruises. Sit back and enjoy the view by taking a trip on England's longest lake.
Brockhole – Lake District Visitor Centre
Brockhole near Windermere is the Lake District Visitor Centre with interactive exhibitions, Mawson gardens, adventure playground, shop, and information centre and lakeshore access for all.
Cumberland Pencil Museum
Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick is home to the world’s laongest pencil. Enter the museum through a replica of the Seathwaite mine, journey through the history of pencil making and finally relax in our coffee shop, while the kids follow the quick trail.
Honister Slate Mine
Honister Slate mine near Keswick is the last working slate mine in England. Fully guided mine tours. Browse the visitor centre. Enjoy home-cooked fayer in the Yewtree pub and restaurant.
Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway at the southern tip of Lake Windermere has steam trains running a seasonal daily service from Haverthwaite to Lakeside via the Leven valley. Licensed restaurant, engine shed, shop, picnic area.
Mirehouse Historic House and Gardens
Mirehouse House and Gardens near Keswick is a family run historic house with strong literary connections in a fantastic setting. Live piano music and children’s quiz in the house. Woodland playgrounds, lakeside and poetry walk in the grounds. Great tea room specialising in Cumbrian food.
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway
The Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway near Ravenglass has heritage steam engines that haul open-top and cosy covered carriages from the Lake District coastal village of Ravenglass to the foot of England’s highest mountain.
Rydal Mount and Gardens
Rydal Mount and Gardens near Ambleside was William Wordsworth’s best loved home for 37 years. It was here that he wrote many of his poems. He became Poet Laureate to Queen Victoria at the age of 74 whilst he lived at Rydal Mount.
Conishead Priory & Buddhist Temple
Conishead Priory & Buddhist Temple near Ulverston is a superb example of a romantic Gothic mansion with unique Kadampa Buddhist Temple dedicated to World Peace. Fascinating one hour guided tour of the house and temple brings alive the history of the Priory since 1160. Beautiful woodland gardens.
High Head Sculpture Valley
High Head Sculpture Valley near Carlisle is a family friendly contemporary art gallery and tea room set on a working dairy farm, 5 acres of outdoor sculpture park and 70 acres of farm walks. Luxury health suite with hydrotherapy spa bath and sauna.
Ullswater Steamers near Penrith allow for perfect days sailing on England’s most beautiful lake. Sailings are aboard comfortable heritage vessels all year round except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre
Nenthead Mines Heritage Centre near Alston. The North Pennine Heritage Trust works to conserve the historic remains of mans activities in the landscape of the North Pennines and to help people to understand and enjoy them.
The Heaton Cooper Studio
The Heaton Cooper Studio in Grasmere is an art gallery and art shop run by the Heaton Cooper family, selling original paintings and prints from four generations of the family.
For more information on dog friendly attractions visit the Cumbria Tourism website and click on 'dogs accepted' before you search.