Your dog will love a cottage holiday in Coniston
Set on the southern outskirts of the Lake District and surrounded by some of the UK’s most breath-taking scenery, Coniston is an ideal holiday destination for lovers of the Great Outdoors. Book one of our dog-friendly cottages in Coniston and you can take your four-legged friend on your break, whether you’re travelling with the whole tribe or sneaking some time away with your better half.
Just half an hour’s drive away, you’ll find Lake Windemere. While the shores and mini-beaches offer plenty of scents for curious canine noses to get to grips with, one of the highlights of any Coniston holiday is a cruise across the waters. You can choose to ride on one of the large steamer boats or, if you prefer, take a more laid-back trip on one of the smaller boats. With intermittent stops, there are beaches and shores to explore – just remind your pooch to watch out for nesting swans!
When it comes to feeding time, you’ll find that both you and your canine companion are welcome at various places to eat. For something a bit special, The Sun Inn is the place to go. Overlooked by the looming Old Man of Coniston mountain, you can enjoy delicious meals, with your canine companion snuggled at your feet. Widely-hailed as the best bar in the town, you’ll find an excellent array of beers, wines and spirits and some doggie treats, behind the bar.
Dog-friendly things to do
The Lake District has so much to offer dog-owners and their furry companions, that it can be hard to know where to begin. If you’re visiting Coniston for the first time, we’ve put together some of our favourite dog-friendly things to do to help you make the most of your break:
Ravendale and Eskdale Railway
If you want to enjoy a full-on day of scenery and sights drive the hour to Ravendale, where you find the Ravendale and Eskdale Railway. The route covers the seven miles between Ravendale and Dalegarth, with stops along the way. You’ll be charged a small fee for your dog and it’s worth knowing that they won’t be admitted into any station cafés. However, you will find water bowls outside most of them.
If you don’t fancy the drive to Lake Windemere, Coniston has its own lake, the eerily beautiful Coniston Water. There are a variety of boats to hop aboard, from the steam-boats to the smaller launches. As a rule, dogs are restricted to the outer decks and must be on a lead.
Just 20 minutes’ drive from Coniston, you’ll find the lush Grizedale Forest. There are several signposted walks, designating the difficulty of the terrain and any restrictions. Part of the fun is discovering the statues tucked away in among the trees and the undergrowth.