Dog Friendly Attractions:

All these attractions allow dogs on leads.

Coniston Launch. Enjoy cruising aboard 1920’s launches with solar-electric power. A unique and environmentally friendly way to enjoy beautiful Coniston Water. Experience traditional lakeland launches on 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.

Windermere Lake Cruises.  Sit back and enjoy the view by taking a trip on England’s longest lake.

Brockhole – Lake District Visitor Centre 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 in Keswick is home to the world’s longest 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.

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.

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. (NOT IN CAFÉ) 

Brough Castle Ice Cream Parlour and Tearoom, delicious luxury ice cream homemade hot and cold food served on the site of Brough Castle Ancient Monument.

South Tynedale Railway, take a journey from Alston’s Victorian station on a steam or diesel train through the lovely South Tyne valley to our new terminus at Lintley.

Ullswater Steamers, we have been sailing on England’s very own “Lucerne” since 1859 and still operate one of the largest heritage passenger vessel fleets in England. Referred to as “The Dark Lake” in Arthurian legend, its beauty was inspiration for famous poets such as William Wordsworth.  Shaped like the letter ‘Z’ it’s unique serpentine shape is the creation of three separate glaciers from the past ice age, that sculpted this spectacular landscape where Helvellyn (3,117ft) crowns its head.

Stainmore Railway Company, (Kirkby Stephen Railway Station) railway restoration project in Victorian station.

Lowther Castle and Gardens, come and explore the gardens, see glimpses of their past in this unique and precious past of the Lake District.

Fell Foot Park, situated in the very southern tip of Lake Windermere, Fell Foot Park is a great, family friendly location to play, explore and relax. Sweeping lawns offer plenty of space for games, picnics and gentle walks, while easy access makes the park perfect for paddling , swimming, boating and kayaking. Boats and Kayaks are available to hire.

Whinlatter Forest, Rising to 790 metres above sea level Whinlatter Forest offers spectacular views of the Lake District mountains and into Scotland. The forest has walking trails of varying lengths to suit all abilities, giving you lovely views across Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwent Water, Skiddaw, Grisedale Pike and to Helvellyn. It is home to the Lake District Osprey Project which runs from April to September as well as a range of other wonderful wildlife such as red squirrels, woodland birds and deer. The Whinlatter WildPlay trail is a unique play trail for children, with 9 different play zones to explore through the trees. If you’re a mountain biker, try the Altura or Quercus trails, which make full use of the stunning mountain setting. Or if you’ve got a head for heights, swing through the trees on the Go-Ape course.

Keswick Launch on Derwentwater, see the spectacular scenery of Derwentwater by launch. Derwentwater is the third largest of the Cumbrian Lakes is three miles long and one and a half miles wide. At its deepest point it measures seventy five feet although its average depth is fifteen feet.

Lakeland Motor Museum, at Backbarrow. The museum is located on the site of the former Backbarrow Blue Mill, which closed in the early 1980’s and is best remembered for the manufacture ultramarine pigment, an optical brightening agent often referred to as Dolly Blue.

Brougham Hall, is a hidden gem, budded by the Victorian’s as ‘the Windsor of the North’. It has been the site of a fortified home since 1307 but the 700 year old hall reached its height between 1830-1900’s. Wander freely in the ground and immerse your self in the tranquillity of this beautiful and inspiring setting, while observing the continuing restoration.

Hutton-in-the-Forest, the romantic and historic home of Lord and Lady Inglewood.

Abbott Lodge Jersey Ice Cream, near Penrith, Cumbria is a working dairy farm set in the Eden Valley’s spectacular scenery. Producing over 30 flavours of high quality homemade ice cream. (Outside Only.)

Eden Valley Railway, enjoy a friendly ride on the Eden Valley Railway.

High Head Sculpture Valley, Set in 5 1/2 acres of rolling farmland a delightful gallery, tearoom & health spa offering peace and relaxing, good food and delightful walks.

Little Salkeld Watermill, working traditional watermill producing organic stoneground floors, with Award winning organic vegetarian tearoom.

Parkfoot Trekking Centre, pony trekking on the open fells. Fabulous views overlooking Lake Ullswater.

Acorn Bank Woodland Walk

The Puzzling Place – Keswick, Blurring the boundary between Reality & Illusion…

Dog friendly pubs in the Lake District & Cumbria:


Appleby Area

  • The Stag Inn, Dufton, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6DB
  • The Three Greyhounds, Great Asby, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6EX
  • Sandford Arms, Sandford, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6NR
  • The Royal Oak, Bongate, Appleby-in-Westmoreland, CA16 6UN
  • The Midland Hotel, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6TS
  • New Crown Inn, Bolton, CA16 6AU
  • The Tufton Arms Hotel, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6XA
  • Crown & Cushion, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6XB
  • New Inn, Hoff, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6TA
  • Pennine View Bar & Restaurant, Wild Rose Holiday Park, CA16 6XG
  • The Steak House, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6XR

Penrith Area

  • The Punchbowl Inn & Restaurant, Askham, Penrith, CA10 2PF
  • Brackenrigg Inn, Watermillock, Penrith, CA11 0LP
  • Sun Inn, Pooley Bridge, Penrith, CA10 2NN
  • The Kings Arms, Temple Sowerby, CA10 1SB
  • The White Horse Inn, King’s Meaburn, CA10 3BU

Kirkby Stephen Area

  • Golden Fleece Inn, Main Street, Brough, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4BL
  • The Black Bull Inn, Nateby, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4JP
  • Fat Lamb Hotel & Restaurant, Crossbank, Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4LL


  • Bojangles, Bridge Street, Appleby, CA16 6QH
  • Eden River Café, Bridge Street, Appleby, CA16 6QH
  • Kennedy’s Chocolate Factory, Orton, Penrith, CA10 3RU
  • James’ Temptations Cafe, Appleby-in-Westmorland, CA16 6QH