Well behaved four-legged friends welcome

Favourite Dog-Friendly Lake District Walks

Well-behaved dogs always get a warm welcome from The Tranquil Otter. Our own dog Leah (AKA Queen of the Realm) loves the freedom she has to roam and run in the countryside.

It is easy to bring your four-legged friends on holiday with you at the Tranquil Otter. We welcome well-behaved dogs. We’ve found the following basic rules enable us to meet the needs of guests accompanied by their dog as well as guests without pets.

If you would like to bring your dog with you during your stay, we have a few things we need to let you know about in advance.

  1. The owners are fully responsible for anything done by their pet. Pets can’t be left unattended – if you plan to leave your pet in the lodge in a cage, please let us know.
  2. Pets shouldn’t go into bedrooms or on beds or chairs under any circumstances, nor may they be dried with, or sleep on, any of the linen or furnishings provided. We can provide towels.
  3. Pets should have their own beds or blankets to sleep on. Please bring these with you.
  4. Pets are to be cleaned and, if wet, towelled dry before entering lodges.
  5. Pets are not to be allowed to foul the Lodge, decking, roads, paths or lawns of the site. In the event of a pet fouling any of these areas the owner must immediately clean it up and dispose of the fouling in the dustbins provided.
  6. Pets must not be allowed to disturb others Guests (for example, by excessive barking)or wild-life (by chasing ducks or swans) and are to be under control at all times. We understand that many of our guests are able to keep pets under control without a lead and that is fine. We ask that your dog is kept on lead around the lodges and near the main house, just because our chickens roam in the garden.

There is a fixed charge of £40 per one dog and £60 for two dogs per short break.

Walking your dog

Many of our guests who bring dogs, ask for recommendations for dog-friendly walks that allow them to get the full ‘lake district and Cumbria’ landscape experience. Many of the popular Northern Fells and Lake District Walks are accessible within an hour’s drive. Below we’ve listed some of our favourites.

Solway Villages

The Solway region is a special area of conservation and comprises coastal dunes, salt marshes, mires and delightful villages. This delightful circular walk takes you from the Lough at The Tranquil Otter (which is now a site of special scientific interest and home to birds and wildfowl) through a tour of the local villages. It’s perfect for you and your four-legged friends to get your bearings before venturing further afield to more adventurous and longer walks

Dodd Wood

Dodd Wood is a delightful place for dog-walking. It is situated on the East shore of Bassenthwaite Lake and has lots of trails and viewing points to take in some breathtaking scenery. It ‘s also a popular place for viewing Ospreys. Dodd Wood Summit and other trails can be found at: Dodd Wood Walking Leaflet


This is a very popular and picturesque Lake District Fell walk with exceptional views of Derwent Water. It does get quite busy, so unless you’re on the fells before 10am, expect to see many other people (and dogs) on the walk.

The walk starts with a climb of about 450m, the path is steep, rocky and slippery in parts; a map, compass, walking boots and waterproof clothing are a must.

Aira Force

The National Trust describes Aira Force as ‘a showcase for the power and beauty of nature.” We think it’s a pretty accurate description. It’s a magnificent waterfall and a network of trails that weave their way from Ullswater lakeshore to Gowbarrow summit. It’s truly breathtaking.

It’s only about a 40-minute drive from the Tranquil Otter. It’s great with teenagers who make mincemeat of the stairs and are captivated by the waterfall.

  • Free parking for National Trust members.
  • Found near Watermillock, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0JS – postcode takes you to the general area. More information about Aira Force can be found here nationaltrust.org.uk/aira-force.
  • Download an intermediate (4.5 miles) walk around Aira Force and Gowbarrow from the National Trust.
  • OS Grid Ref: 90:NY401203

For more information on amazing places to visit in Cumbria, take a look at our ‘Things to Do’ section.