5 Dog-friendly Walking Routes in the Lake District

5 Dog-friendly Walking Routes in the Lake District

Whether your dog is a growing pup or an active adult dog, the Lake District is the perfect location to walk your four-legged friend.

From its winter trails to its woodland outings, there are so many wagtastic walking spots to choose from.

To help you decide, Craig Manor has mapped out the perfect walking route based on your dog breed.

Starting at the National Trust Shop, this 10-mile walk follows the well-signposted path right around Derwent Water. This walk is great for Labradors as there’s plenty of opportunities to walk off pent-up energy and they might even get the chance of a paddle. Walk the full route if your lab has plenty of energy or if your dog is a little older consider taking a boat from one of the landings back to your starting point.

This 1.5 miles walk takes about half an hour to walk, which is perfect for Jack Russells. You can take in some of the best views the Lake District has to offer with the Langdale Pikes close by. If you want to extend your visit, consider visiting Monk Coniston Hall, making the walk 3 and a half miles with a welcome break at the hall and gardens.

This 10-mile walk offers plenty of opportunities for your collie to burn off his energy and with a variety of terrain, he’ll need to use his intelligence on the way. Offering a tour of the forest, you will pass not only the many natural beauties in the area but the recent sculpture installations which add to the areas magic.

This circular route will take you and your four-legged friend about forty-five minutes to complete – the perfect length for a Dachshund. Passing along rugged paths and is fairly flat. With ancient woodland and beautiful views, you’ll want to visit this walk every season.

This 1.5 mile walk through varied terrain offers plenty of opportunities to explore. There is some steep walking and uneven paths, but this will mean your dog is using his brain as well as his four paws to explore the trail.

I hope that this has given you some ideas for dog friendly walks in the Lake District.

If you need more inspiration try these other routes:

Helvellyn 10 mile route

Top 5 beer gardens in the Lake District

Family Friendly Lake District Walks




  • Kids of the Wild Kids of the Wild November 01, at 05:07

    What a great idea, mapping out walking routes based on dog breed. Genius. Though I am amused since my boy is a Collie, Lab, Jack Russell, ‘something’ cross!!! You can imagine his personality and activty requirements! We’re going to get his DNA done to find out his fourth quarter. #AdventureCalling

  • Kate Lewis Kate Lewis November 02, at 10:56

    Oh what a great post. We’re hoping to get a dog soon so will come back to this. #adventurecalling

  • Lauren Lauren November 02, at 13:13

    I love this post!

    We have two cocker spaniels, and our Rocky is a fear reactive lad, so less busy is best for him. We found High Rigg (south to north) to be a perfect little fell for him. May Bank Holiday weekend and so quiet.


  • Clare - Flip flops or Wellies Clare - Flip flops or Wellies November 03, at 10:09

    These look like great options, our Lab xx needs plenty of walks and she certainly helps keep me fit. The Laks is on my to do list if I can persuade everyone the drive will be worth it from Devon #AdventureCalling

  • Alice V Alice V November 03, at 14:58

    Those look like great trails. I like that most have water such as a lake. I love walking around lakes and shorelines. #AdventureCalling

  • Liz Liz November 07, at 09:47

    The Lake District is just over an hour’s drive from my home and is somewhere I have enjoyed many happy times since my childhood. Although I have been on many camping trips to the area and had days out with my children, I only got a dog last year and have yet to take her to The Lakes with me. We are not completely sure what breed she is, but think she has some Patterdale Terrier in her. So, I would probably opt for the walk recommended for smaller dogs.

  • David - Potty Adventures David - Potty Adventures November 13, at 12:41

    I used to absolutely love walking our dog and these routes look great. We’re about to move house and the kids have already been asking about getting another one. Maybe. Just maybe. #adventurecalling

  • Helena Helena November 13, at 16:24

    What an interesting perspective #adventurecalling


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