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A guide for dog lovers

A guide for dog lovers

As a dog owner, you’re no doubt keen to involve your pet in every aspect of your life; from days out and evenings in, to relaxing holidays and epic adventures, there’s probably very little you won’t share with your beloved pooch, which is why the Great British staycation is perfect for anyone wanting to spend more time with their four-legged friend.

Indeed, a holiday in the UK has it all: vast amounts of space to explore, some of the most breathtaking landscapes to be found anywhere in the world, and activities that will excite and enthral, as well having as the added bonus of shorter journey times and no need for a puppy passport.

Welcome to the Lake District

Rolling hills and mountains, jade forests as far as the eye can see, large open meadows, and, of course, vast, glittering lakes that tempt and tease; the Lake District offers a landscape that will continue to take your breath away long after you arrive, and enough open air adventures to satiate even the hardiest of travellers.

A national park that sprawls across Cumbria, the Lake District is a veritable haven for dogs and their humans, with a rich variety of sights to see, adventures to embark upon, and treats to enjoy throughout your stay. Whatever you’re looking for, this gorgeous region will offer it, and many of its attractions and activities are dog-friendly.

Where to stay

The Lake District is a fantastic destination for every kind of holiday, whether you want to spend yours in a five-star hotel, bed and breakfast, holiday park or self-catering cottage. The great news is that much of the accommodation across the region is dog-friendly, meaning your precious pup won’t need to be left behind.

Overwater Hall, a former winner in the Cumbria Tourist Awards, is one example of a dog-friendly hotel, while Fellside Holiday Cottages, Brackenbank Lodge and Castlerigg Farm Campsite are great examples of the types of dog-friendly holiday home you’re likely to find.

Food and drink

You’ve no doubt dreamed of the moment you complete a long walk and head to the nearest pub in search of a pint and a hearty meal; indeed, the Lake District is renowned for such establishments.

Many pubs and cafes in the region are dog-friendly, and those that aren’t will often point you in the direction of somewhere that is. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in a lot of places, but be sure to ask before heading in. The Packhorse Inn, Sweeney’s Bar, the Apple Pie Café and the Horse and Farrier Inn are just some of the dog-friendly places waiting to be discovered.

A wandering you must go

If you’ve decided to head towards the Lake District for your next holiday, there’s a good chance you’re hoping to do some walking and spend some quality time outdoors with your four-legged friend.

Particular favourites among pooches include the Brund Fell walk, the Great Wood and Derwentwater Lakeshore, the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway path, and the Rawnsley trail; walk for as little or as long as you’d like, but don’t forget to keep your dog under control at all times. An insider tip; try asking your hosts about the best dog walks to be found nearby, as they’ll no doubt be happy to share a local secret or two with you.

The best activities for dogs and their owners

While the Lake District is a dog walker’s paradise, there are numerous other activities you may wish to em-bark upon while you’re there, and many of them are dog-friendly.

The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Shap Abbey, Cumbria’s Treasure Trails and the Ullswater Steamers have all taken dog owners into consideration, while Windemere Lake Cruises and Lakeland Mountain Guides will ensure you can make the most of your stay with your faithful friend by your side.

Taking care of your pet while you’re away

Regardless of your reasons for visiting the Lake District, it’s essential you act responsibly when out and about with your dog; be sure to take your dog’s mess with you, always keep your dog on a lead when advised to, and be wary of other people, wildlife and farm animals.

In addition, it’s important to take care of your dog’s needs while you’re away. Extreme weather conditions, such as warm days and driving rain, can have a huge impact on your dog’s health, so always aware of the forecast conditions when heading out for a longer walk.

It’s also important to protect your pet against diseases and pests they may face; as a responsible owner you should treat your pet with worming tablets for dogs if necessary, and use a good flea and tick powder to discourage any nasty creatures that may be lurking in longer grass.

The Lake District is a haven for those who love to be outdoors and engaged with nature, and most welcoming to dogs, as long as you know where to head.

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