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Dog Friendly Accommodation – Lake District

The English Lake District has a wide range of pet friendly accommodation to choose from, ranging from self-catering cottages to quality hotels. If you are someone who wants your dog with you on holiday there should be little difficulty in finding somewhere to suit your taste – unless, of course, you leave it so late that everywhere is full!

Dog Friendly Hotels

Dog friendly accommodation lake districtLet’s look first at dog friendly hotels. Many Lake District hotel owners are well aware that that people visit to enjoy the scenery, to breath the mountain air, and often want their dogs with them on their walks. Unlike self-catering accommosation, which we’ll look at next, hotels will have other guests. It is important to take account of this as dog-averse people (Is that a new word?) may be quite troubled by your canine friends and the guidelines of the hotel management should be followed meticulously.
A list of some Pet Friendly Hotels in Cumbria

Dog Friendly Cottages – Lake District Self-Catering

The whole of Cumbria, whether in the Lake District National Park itself or in surrounding areas such as the Eden Valley, the Howgills or Furness Peninsula, is popular with people looking for an “away from it all” holiday in splendid countryside. This is walking country par excellence. And there’s a tremendous choice, from tough mountain scrambles to leisurely river and lakeside strolls. Dog friendly accommodation is to be found throughout the region including self-catering cottages.

When choosing a cottage make sure to read carefully the description of pet facililties. Everyone’s requirements will be different, depending on both the individual humans and the individual dogs involved. Some cottages provide extras such as dog beds, gates for the stairs and even enclosed garden areas specifically designed to keep your dog safe.
Check out this selection of pet friendly holiday cottages

Dog Friendly B&B in the Lake District

Small hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation are often preferred by dog owners on walking holidays. Quite often the proprietor will have a dog and, well beyond merely tolerating four-legged visitors, may positively welcome canine guests.
Click here for some dog friendly B&B and smaller hotels.

Enjoying The Dog Friendly Lake District
Code of Conduct

This is not an official code but I thought it would be good to add at the end of this short article a few guidelines for enjoying the Lake District with your dog. If you think more should be added, why not write a comment below; if I like it I’ll add it to the list.


  • Please don’t take a dog to a hotel if it is not properly housetrained.
  • If there are other guests please be considerate to them; not everyone is a dog lover (even if that is difficult to understand!).
  • Remember that noisy dogs may disturb other people’s sleep; some people like a lie in while on holiday and not to be woken by incessant yapping.
  • Always follow the house rules for your pets; running a hotel or B&B is not an easy occupation so don’t things difficult for the manager or proprietor.


  • Always clean up after your dog and use dog litter bins where provided.
  • Remember that the Lake District fells are home to thousands of sheep. Keep your dog under control, especially during the lambing season.
  • Do not over-exert your dog up in the hills; a dog (especially if small, young, short-legged or heavy) may well tire before you do.
  • Be careful not to get your dog stuck in rocky places; there have been mountain rescue call-outs recently to rescue not humans but their dogs that were taken very unwisely onto terrain that they were incapable of handling.
  • Finally, if there’s a sign saying, “Dogs must be on a lead”, keep it on a lead; the sign is there for a reason.

Keeping to these guidelines will help to keep the Lake District dog friendly.

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