Top dog friendly pubs in The Lake District
There’s nothing better than loading the car up and heading out into the fresh air come spring, and the Lake District is a prime spot for stunning scenery, quaint towns and of course, dog walking routes! Every seasoned walker knows how important planning a refreshment stop is, and we’ve created a guide that welcomes both humans and canine explorers! Take a look at our selection of the best dog friendly pubs in the Lake District, and embrace the outdoors on these brighter, warmer days.
Crown Inn, Pooley Bridge
Located just a stone’s throw away from the breath-taking views around Ullswater, the Crown Inn welcomes thirsty pups and punters, warming paws with a cosy interior and serving up tasty grub. The Crown Inn is an ideal spot for refuelling if you’ve conquered Helvellyn, walked The Ullswater Way or taken in the breathtaking views of the 65 foot waterfall Aira Force. With beautiful interior and providing a large outdoor seating area, the Crown Inn is ready to welcome you and your dog no matter the weather.
Location: Pooley Bridge, Penrith, CA10 2NP | Visit: www.crownpooleybridge.co.uk
The Wilson Arms, Coniston
Any seasoned Wainwright walker will have admired the striking views from the peak of the Old Man Of Coniston, and with its 803m elevation, they’re also likely to have felt the endurance required. Remedying this requires a good, hearty meal and a refreshing beverage, and the nearby Wilson Arms is the perfect spot for this. The pub is situated in Torver, a small hamlet near Coniston. Dogs are certainly welcome inside the pub, but there’s also an inviting beer garden, ideal for soaking up the sunshine on warmer days.
Location: Torver, Coniston, LA21 8BB | Visit: www.thewilsonsarms.co.uk
The White Horse Inn, Scales, Keswick
This quintessentially Cumbrian spot is a must for those who endeavour to climb the likes of Blencatha or Sharp Edge, some of the most challenging hikes in the Lake District. Of course, four-legged companions that take on the climb will need some time to recoup afterwards, and The White Horse Inn is a prime spot for doing so. Situated on the outskirts of Threlkeld, the pub’s own beer garden marks the start of some of the most popular walking routes up the mountains, and it also makes it a welcoming site for those making their way back down.
Location: Scales, Threlkeld, Nr Keswick, CA12 4SY | Visit: www.thewhitehorse-blencathra.co.uk
The Watermill Inn & Brewery, Ings
It really is a dog’s life at The Watermill Inn & Brewery, where pooch-friendly treats and local ales are all on tap. If you’re visiting Windermere and looking for dog friendly pubs in the Lake District, then this is a must-visit spot. Complete with a micro-brewery and quirky interiors, the Watermill is often bustling with walkers fresh from Orrest Head, Reston Scar or those who enjoyed a more leisurely visit to the town of Windermere itself. While they’re strictly for humans only, some of the pub’s most popular ales are named after dogs – give ‘Collie Wobbles’ or ‘Golden Retriever’ a try while you’re there!
Location: Ings, Kendal, LA8 9PY | Visit: www.lakelandpub.co.uk
Tweedies Bar & Lodge, Grasmere
Grasmere is a prime spot for sunset seekers, with many dog walkers watching the day close over the lake and rugged surroundings before sniffing out a spot for a refreshing ale. Tweedies Bar & Lodge is the perfect spot for unwinding with your canine companion, serving up food and drinks long into the evening. Choose your go-to tipple or ask the knowledgeable bar staff for their recommendations and relax in this trendy haunt.
Location: Grasmere, LA22 9SW | Visit: www.tweediesgrasmere.com
The Shakespeare, Kendal
The town of Kendal is one of the gateways to the Lake District, so it’s always guaranteed to be a bustling hub of explorers and their trusty canines! You’ll find plenty of dog friendly pubs, but The Shakespeare is one of the most charming stops you could make after a day of wandering the picturesque streets, or taking on Kentmere Pike. Muddy boots and paws can rest up for the evening too with the pubs onsite cosy rooms, making a great base for a long weekend spent taking in the scenery of the tranquil South Lakes (and beyond!).
Location: Kendal, LA9 4HE | Visit: www.shakespearekendal.co.uk
Plan your next trip to this blissful part of the UK and explore some of the most awe-inspiring views with your four-legged friend – just be sure to anticipate for some extremely muddy paws upon return! Get your pooch back looking and feeling fresh with our expert dog grooming services, here at The Muddy Paw Carlisle.