As a dog lover, there's no better feeling than going on holiday and not having to worry about which kennel to put your dogs in, and not having the guilt associated to going and having fun outdoors while the dogs are at home.
Hill of Oaks can act as your perfect little retreat, while you go and explore the great countryside that the Lake District has to offer. Oh did we mention you can bring your dog to some of our self-catering apartments and Pods?
Just 5 miles to the North of Hill of Oaks, along the shores of Lake Windermere, is Bowness, a fantastic hub with plenty of bars and restaurants. Most of these cater for dogs, but please ring in advance to double check!
Here is a few of our favourite things to do with dogs.
Go For A Quick Walk Up Gummers How
Gummers' How is the biggish hill off the Southern end of Hill of Oaks, opposite Fell Foot Park. From Hill of Oaks, there is a pretty steep hill up to the Gummers' How picnic area, where the trail officially starts, but we think it is a good lung buster to raise the heart rate a little bit! This is only a 0.6 mile walk from the A592 at Fell Foot Park. The circular distance from picnic area to summet to picnic area is about 1.4 miles, and should take around half an hour (providing you don't stop at the top to admire the amazing views). The path is generally well signposted and solid underfoot, but it is occasionally torn up by cattle. It's best to wear your trust walking boots! If you want to know more about the actual route, check out https://where2walk.co.uk
Once you are a bit tired, you can always stop at The Boathouse Café in Fell Foot Park for a bite to eat. They serve hot/cold drinks, soups and snack, homemade cakes and pastries.
Take a ride on the Ullswater Steamers.
The Ullswater Steamers is a heritage Lake Cruise attraction in Ullswater. They operate one of the largest heritage vessel fleets in the world, offering a truly unique day out on the water. The reason why we chose the Ullswater Steamers over other lake cruises in the area is the fact that there is the Ullswater Way, a 20-mile walking loop around England's most beautiful lake. You can get on the boat with your dog at Glenridding (£1 for the dog) get off at either Aira Force or Pooley Bridge and walk back to Glenridding via the Ullswater Way. That will definitely tire your dog out. Unless you have a labrador, in which case you might have to do it a few times!
The Ullswater Steamers operate 365 days a year (apart from when it's too windy), so you can even take your dog out for the day in Winter and avoid the Summer rush of tourists! Overall, it is a brilliant day out as Pooley Bridge has some fantastic dog friendly pubs, cafés, shops and restaurants. Perfect for a spot of lunch or dinner.
Tackle Englands Tallest Mountain, Scafell Pike
Standing at 978m, Scafell Pike is Englands tallest peak. The ascent is described as moderately challenging, ranging from a 6.5 mile direct route, to a longer 12 mile route from Great Langdale. On all the routes, there will be times when you'll be climbing over rocks, using hands and feet! Once you are at the top you'll be greeted with wonderful views, reaching as far as Wales, Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man on a clear day! You can take your dog up Scafell Pike, as long as it is pretty fit and well behaved! It's a long way to carry a tired dog down!
Please, check the weather, wear appropriate clothing and be prepared when walking up Scafell Pike. We have heard some horror stories about people wearing high heels, not taking any water, not taking a map or setting off in a storm!
Click here for more information about Scafell Pike
Let your dog run wild in Grizedale Forest
Grizedale Forest is a short drive (20ish minutes) from Hill of Oaks via the Windermere Car Ferry. There are 8 marked walking routes, starting and finishing at various points. The routes range from an easy 0.75 miles to a strenuous 10 miles, so there is something so all levels of fitness! There are loads of picnic areas and viewpoints along each route if you would like to break up the stroll with a spot of lunch.
Our favourite is the Silurian Way. Grade: Strenuous 16km (10 miles), 5 hours.
This is the ultimate Grizedale walk! A grand tour of the forest with many different artworks and views along the way. This is marked out in green on this map. A moderate to high level of fitness is expected to do a route like this, but the dogs will absolutely love it! Set off at 9 am, lunch at 12, finish at around 3pm ish is a great way to spend a day in the Lakes. After you have worked up a thirst and hunger, you can stop at one of the many dog-friendly pubs in Coniston and Hawkshead. The Kings Arms in Hawkshead (below) is one of our favourite dog friendly pubs in the area. They serve a hearty country food such as; Cumberland sausage and mash; Herdwick lamb hotpot and Hawkshead beer battered fish and chips. A must try on an empty stomach!
Thursday 1st of February 2018