Cottages in the Lake District that take dogs

April 19, 2013 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Holiday Ideas

The Lake District is a stunning region of high peaks, open fells, lakes and sparkling rivers and this dramatic landscape offers endless opportunities for outdoor activities, especially walking, although if you want to take it easy there are charming villages and plenty of attractions to keep the whole family entertained. A holiday in this, England’s most breathtaking county, is truly memorable.

All the main letting agencies have a wide range of cottages in the Lake District that take dogs. If you have more than one dog the choice narrows. Cumbrian Cottages have over 300 hundred cottages that take dogs. However their website does not allow you to specify the number of dogs you have, meaning you have to go through all the pet friendly property descriptions to see if they accept more than one dog. Cottages4You have nearly a hundred cottages in the Lake District that take two or more dogs. Sykes Cottages also have approaching a hundred cottages that take more than one dog. When searching for these properties, you will need to click on the Advanced Search to specify this. Hoseasons have just a few cottages in the Lake District that take more than one dog.

So what makes the Lake District so special for you and your best friend? Without doubt it is the walking. There is no better way of experiencing this landscape than by spending time exploring it on foot, with your dog at your side. The character of the lakes varies, from popular and pastoral Windermere, to brooding Wastwater, beautiful Ullswater to island-strewn Derwentwater. Whether walking the high fells or the many lakeside paths, the visitor cannot fail to be captivated by this paradise, captured in words and pictures by so many writers and artists in the past.

The Lake District is a great place for you and your dog to explore and enjoy. To keep your pet safe, protect the environment and show you’re a responsible dog owner you should follow the advice of the Lake District National Park Authority, which is complicated by the fact that the rules vary according to the area of the Lakes you are in. When on a public right of way in most of the Lake District, you don’t have to keep your dog on a lead – but it must always be under close control. If you cannot rely on its obedience, it’s probably best to keep it on a lead.

However, within Copeland Borough which covers the west of the National Park along the coast and areas such as Ennerdale, dogs must be on a lead on all rights of way. The fells and moorland of  the Lake District is classed as Open Access land where you have the right to roam anyway, but you must keep your dog on a short, fixed lead between 1 March and 31 July (the breeding season for ground-nesting birds) and at all other times when near farm animals.

My pick of cottages in the Lake District that take dogs

Cottages in the lake Lake District that take dogs choice

In the heart of the Lake District, this modern two bedroom house stands in the centre of Windermere, within walking distance of all the town’s facilities as well as the lake. Caxton Cottage accepts up to three dogs. Click here for more details.