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Best doggy days out

We are lucky to have a whole host of attractions, walks, restaurants and more, right on the doorstep, that are all completely dog-friendly.

Lowther Castle

First up on our list is Lowther Castle. Built at the turn of the 19th Century, it was a grand affair with a different room for every day of the year. 

In the 1950’s, a large fire destroyed the majority of this statement castle and along with its gardens, it was left to ruin. 

Lovingly restored it now has various walks throughout gardens and woodlands, with a lost castle to entertain little ones. 

Dogs are allowed across in the gardens, but must be kept on a lead. Tickets can be purchased online. For more information visit their website. 

Ullswater Steamers

The heritage Ullswater steamers have been offering cruises around one of the Lake District’s most impressive lakes and vistas for over 160 years.

Cruises run daily covering an 8-mile serpentine route across the lake and connecting some of the most picturesque walking routes in the county. 

Take it easy for a full cruise, or combine it with a walk along the lake. 

Each of the boats is dog-friendly, tickets and timetables can be viewed online. 

Brougham Castle

Founded in the early 13th Century, this great keep largely survives in tact with an impressive ‘Tower of the League’ and double gatehouse. 

There are impressive views from the top of the keep and plenty of space for picnics or a paddle in the river Eden. 

Dogs are allowed on the site but must be kept on a lead at all times. More information can be found here.  

George and Dragon, Clifton

Part of the Lowther collection which includes Askham Hall and The Queen’s Head in Askham, the George and Dragon is a classic country pub offering food from across the estate’s gardens and land complete with open fires, cosy corners and an impressive wine list. For sunnier days, there is a large outdoor dining area. We would recommend visiting on a Sunday to enjoy one of their cracking Sunday lunches.

Dogs and families are welcome in the bar area. Visit their website to book a table or view the menu.

Acorn Bank

This historic house dates back to the 13th Century, then home to the Knights Templar (where Temple Sowerby got its name) and was subsequently passed down through various families including the Dalston’s, who owned a large amount of land near Carlisle. 

Now a National Trust property, this historic home has a working water mill, acres of woodland and formal gardens.

Dogs are welcome on leads throughout the various woodland walks and there is a range of activities for families too. Visit their website for more information.