With a healthy number and choice of pubs and bars, Windermere and Bowness are excellent places for dog friendly holidays.
Whether you’re staying up in Windermere and down in Bowness, there are plenty of well signposted and accessed walks to do to that you and your dog will love. Orrest Head is a must little walk. Starting across the road from the train station, Orrest Head is only a short uphill walk but the commanding views of Lake Windermere, the Coniston and Langdale fells are stunning. From Orrest Head you can choose to walk to Troutbeck and even onto Ambleside if you’re feeling energetic.
A lovely circular walk and for near panoramic views of the Lake District is up and around Gummers How. This walk is around a 3 mile walk, well signposted and with mostly good paths. A trig point at the summit means you’ve reached it and then it’s a case of taking in the view. Being 6 or so miles from Bowness, it is advisable to drive and park in the Forestry Commission car park at Gummers How.
What could be better than a cruise with your dog? Windermere Lake Cruises allows dogs on their regular sailings from Bowness where you can cruise down the full length of the lake or choose to just head down to Lakeside or up to Waterhead for Ambleside. Both locations have great walks for dogs as well as dog friendly places to eat and drink. The Windermere Ferry also operates from Bowness from Ferry Nab which can take you across the lake where the western shores of Windermere can be explored.
Onto places to stay that really are dog friendly. The choice in and around the Windermere area for dog owners is pleasantly extensive and its not just self catering properties. Hotels are now providing excellent dog friendly accommodation and facilities. Our tip is the Damson Dene Hotel, close to Bowness yet away from the crowds, the hotel is set in acres of landscaped grounds and furry friends are allowed in the special dog friendly rooms and the bar. There are plenty of walks from the door or just a short drive to the attractions and routes mentioned above.
One piece of advice, make sure you take a camera out with you wherever you go as they’ll be so many excellent scenic dog posing shots to take!