Dog-friendly days out
John Ruskin’s former home on Coniston where dogs and their owners can explore a 250 acres estate. The on-site café has an outdoor terrace overlooking the lake. From cultivated areas, to shaded glades in woodland, it’s an ideal dog and owner venue, where water bowls are provided for those visitors cannot use a cup or glass.
Surrounded by beautiful gardens and grounds dating back to the late 17th century. They have evolved since that time but the basic elements can still be seen and are a wonderful background to the plants and flowers.
One of the nicest ways to spend the day, cruising along Ullswater, admiring the landscape, waving to fellow travellers, with your canine buddy at your side.
There are launches at Howtown, Pooley Bridge, Aira Force and Glenridding. We often take the Steamer from Glenridding to Howtown and then walk back to Glenridding which is most enjoyable.
South Tynedale Railway
On the South Tynedale Railway you can joy a scenic ride through the beautiful South Tyne valley from Alston station. What better way to see the sights of The North Pennines, An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
On the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway you can take a narrow-gauge train journey from Ravenglass (the only coastal village in the UNESCO World Heritage Lake District National Park).
Travelling across the Ravenglass estuary, the line passes up through the hills, past seven request stops with a 1:40 gradient at times, en-route to the final destination some seven miles up the line at Dalegarth Station in the village of Boot.
Please note that dogs are welcome to travel on the railway (small charge applies) and are also welcome in some of the buildings.
Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
Jump aboard a train at Haverthwaite Station. Enjoy views from your carriage up to Lakeside; the southern tip of Lake Windermere. Then if you fancy, combine the trip with a visit to The Lakes Aquarium or continue your journey aboard a Windermere Steamer to Bowness or Ambleside. The Station welcomes dogs and friendly owners.
The Lingholm Kitchen & Walled Garden
The Lingholm Kitchen & Walled Garden sits within the beautiful Lingholm Estate on Derwentwater. The stunning new café and shop looks down onto an octagonal walled garden built in a Victorian style using reclaimed materials. Reachable via a lake jetty using the Keswick Launch, or by car.
Lowther Castle and Gardens
Lowther Castle is one of the most intriguing visitor attractions in the country. Built at the turn of the 19th Century, today you can see the dramatic ruins, gardens within gardens, an adventure playground to rival the best in the land.