Tails and Trails: 5 Dog-friendly Walking Routes in the Lake District

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Tails and Trails: 5 Dog-friendly Walking Routes in the Lake District

If you love dogs and the great outdoors then The Lake District is the place for you, with everything from lakes, forests and rolling hills reaching up to mountains, it is a region with something for all four-legged companions.

Getting it right can require a little planning, to ensure a day to remember for you and your dog. Craig Manor have uncovered the perfect Lake District dog walking routes, based your breed.


Labradors have a friendly, calm temperament and a stunning ten mile walk around Derwent Water, with the option to take a boat back to base for older dogs. There are even opportunities for a paddle!

Jack Russell’s

Jack Russell’s are little and full of energy, but sometimes reliant on you to know when it’s time to call it a day. This 1.5 mile walk through Tarn Howes, in Coniston, offers stunning views and plenty of chances for exploring new sights and smells.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s

An intelligent and affectionate companion, such as a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, needs stimulation, and the varied terrain at Whinlatter offers just that on this 1.5-mile route that will challenge your dog’s mind as much as his senses.

Border Collies

Border Collies are made for the open spaces of Grizedale, The Silurian way is a long ten-mile path offering a wide variety of things to admire and chances for plenty of off-lead exploration.


Much-loved but limited by stature and prone to injury, Dachshunds will appreciate the flat, even paths that the banks of the River Allen offer, the 2.5-mile length is perfect for all but older dogs.

Discover the Lake District dog-walking routes in more detail, with an overview of each walk which explains why taking your companion along might just create the perfect day.

H J Bullimore

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