Kendal – the gateway to The Lakes and dog friendly heaven

Kendal – the gateway to The Lakes in every sense. Visit Kendal to have the best of both worlds, a highly buzzing, vibrant town and just 15 minutes from the central Lake District including Lake Windermere.

All these factors make for a dog friendly holiday heaven and the town of Kendal is extremely welcoming to dogs. Walking through the town centre you’ll see locals and visitors with their dogs. And for dog walks then even though the Lake District National Park is on the doorstep, Kendal has so many walks to offer itself.

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Head up to Serpentine Woods, just 5 minutes from the centre and let dogs sniff to their hearts galore before rising from the tress to panoramic views of Kendal. Walk along the River Kent footpath, the length and breath of Kendal or look the The AA for inspiration and a fabulous 3 mile circular route, “Kendal’s Two Castles”,

Keeping with travel and with Kendal train station the heart of the town, jump on the train and visit Staveley where the dog friendly Eagle & Child pub is and lots of walking onto Windermere and well, need we say more.

Onto eating and drinking, extremely important holiday aspects for 2 and 4 legged visitors. For cafes then there are plenty of dog friendly ones to choose from including Farrers (where you can also pick up stunning freshly ground coffee to take home too) and Brew Brothers on Highgate. You’ll also find most pubs in Kendal are dog friendly too including The Factor Tap which has two outside seating areas and real ale.

Where to stay dog friendly? The Riverside Hotel in Kendal is a centrally based, dog friendly hotel with private car parking, 2 minutes from the train station with walks right from the hotel door and The Tannery bar serving food daily also welcomes dogs. Visit for more details and to book direct.