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There are many Lake District dog walks that you and your four-legged friend will love, and we have narrowed it down to our top six.

The Lake District is known for its abundant bodies of water, picturesque fells and imposing peaks – why not take your canine pal along on a dog-friendly Lake District walk to get a real taste?

Read on to discover the six of the best Lake District dog walks…

1. Rydal Water, Ambleside (approx. 3 miles)

Rydal Water, Lake District

This circular Lake District dog walk leads you around the banks of the idyllic Rydal Water, just a stone’s throw from the characterful town of Ambleside. As well as marvellous rural landscapes and stunning bodies of water, you can also take in a number of attractions along this popular dog-friendly Lake District walk.

Begin this Lake District dog walk at White Moss car park, north west of Rydal Water. From here, you can head west along the glistening River Rothay and brush past the eastern side of Grasmere lake. Then head through enchanting woodland, past Rydal Cave and back towards the elegant Rydal Hall to complete this circular Lake District walk.

Bring your four-legged companion along to take in the mesmerising scenery on display throughout this dog-friendly Ambleside walk, and perhaps treat you and your pooch to a drink in one of many dog-friendly Ambleside pubs to unwind from your adventure. Check out the full Rydal walk route.

2. Grizedale Forest (choice of routes)

Grizedale Forest, Lake District

There is a walk in the Grizedale Forest to suit a range of abilities and difficulties, perfect for those seeking a choice of dog walks in the Lake District. Whether you’re seeking a 1-mile stroll or a 10-mile trek, you and your pooch are sure to discover a walk enveloped in sublime scenery.

Those looking to enjoy a relaxing amble through colourful forestry can take advantage of the low-level sculpture walks, also showcasing picturesque views of the Grizedale Valley. The more active can clamber to the summit of Grizedale, offering panoramic views of the Lake District landscapes below. Bring your pooch along to this stunning dog-friendly walk in the Lake District for an unforgettable, scenery-filled experience.

Avid ramblers can also check out a host of picturesque pubs walks in the Lake District.

3. Lowther Castle and Gardens, Penrith

Lowther Castle and Gardens, Lake District

The multitude of dog-friendly Lake District walks don’t just include serene bodies of water and luscious landscapes, you and your four-legged friend can also roam the ruins of the 19th-century Lowther Castle.

This majestic structure was once home to the Earls of Lonsdale, and now offers well-preserved ruins for you and your dog to roam around, not to mention the tranquil surrounding grounds. After exploring the imposing remains and luscious gardens, perhaps even stop off at the café for some well-deserved refreshments.

Lowther Castle and Gardens is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in the Lake District, for all the family to enjoy.

4. Derwentwater, Keswick (10 miles)

Derwentwater, Lake District

The flat, 10-mile path leading around the banks of Derwentwater takes in jaw-dropping scenery for you and your pooch to enjoy. This magnificent Lake District walking route passes through marvellous woodland and along serene shoreline, offering tranquil spots for a picnic as well as cafés and restaurants.

Begin this picture-perfect Lake District dog walk at the National Trust shop and gaze at the imposing Friar’s Crag, following the banks of the lake you will enter ancient woodland that your dog will adore running and jumping throughout. Many stunning sights appear as you tackle this dog-friendly Lake District walk, from the islands of Derwentwater to Lodore Falls and the Chinese Bridge.

View the full route of the Derwentwater walk, or browse our Lake District walking guide for more opportunities to experience this mesmerising region.

5. Catbells, Keswick (approx. 3.5 miles)

Cat Bells from Friars Crag

Bordering the banks of the idyllic Derwentwater, Catbells is a Lake District dog walker suitable for the more avid hiker. You and your canine pal can tackle short and steep ascents and minor scrambling to be rewarded with simply unbeatable views of the Lake District below.

Take the Launch from Keswick to the Hawes End Landing Stage and begin this magnificent Lake District walk and be immediately faced with the steep zig-zag climb up Skelgill Bank. Enjoy a bit of respite before tackling the ascent to the summit of Catbells, where you can take the obligatory picture across the landscapes beyond.

Check out the full Catbells walking route, and check out the best dog-friendly pubs in Keswick for some well-deserved refreshments after your expedition.

6. Scout Scar, Kendal (approx 1.5 miles)

Scout Scar, Kendal

Take you and your canine companion on this circular Lake District dog walk to experience magnificent fell views from the Scout Scar Mushroom viewpoint. The more serious walkers can extend their adventure beyond Scout Scar to really get a feel for this idyllic region.

This dog-friendly Lake District walk is ideal for those seeking stunning scenery with little effort, with mainly flat paths leading you up to the scar viewpoint. Take in views of a range of Lake District peaks, including the iconic Old Man of Coniston and Scafell Pike.

View the full route for the Scout Scar walk, and make the most of our Kendal Travel Guide, offering ideas and inspiration on the best things to see and do nearby.

Don’t forget to check out our cottages that welcome pets free of charge!

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Make the most of our handy Pet-friendly Holiday Guide for inspiration, and be sure to tag us in your adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Image Credits: Richard SzwejkowskiCC BY-SA 2.0; Dave BleasdaleCC BY 2.0

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