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Fernie’s Ambleside dog walks

Nestled within the picturesque landscapes of Ambleside lies a treasure trove of scenic routes perfect for both dog owners and nature enthusiasts alike. Here, we’ll delve into four delightful dog-friendly trails near Waterhead, each offering its own unique charm and breathtaking views.

Stock Ghyll Force Trail:

Begin your adventure at the charming village of Ambleside and make your way towards Stock Ghyll Force, a captivating waterfall nestled amidst lush woodlands. This circular trail offers a moderate yet rewarding trek suitable for both dogs and their owners. As you meander along the well-marked path, listen to the soothing sound of the rushing waters and breathe in the fresh mountain air.

The trail leads you through enchanting woodlands adorned with vibrant flora, providing ample opportunities for your furry companion to explore and roam freely. Keep an eye out for native wildlife, including birds, squirrels, and perhaps even a glimpse of elusive deer.

Upon reaching Stock Ghyll Force, marvel at the cascading waters plunging into the rocky gorge below, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. Take a moment to soak in the tranquility of this natural wonder before retracing your steps back to Ambleside, rejuvenated by the beauty of the Waterhead.


Loughrigg Fell Loop:

For those seeking a more challenging adventure, the Loughrigg Fell Loop offers a panoramic journey through rugged terrain and sweeping vistas. Start your trek at the foot of Loughrigg Fell and ascend gradually towards the summit, where breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape await.

As you and your canine companion navigate the undulating paths, you’ll be treated to stunning vistas of Lake Windermere and the distant peaks of the Lake District. Pause along the way to catch your breath and admire the ever-changing scenery, from verdant valleys to rocky outcrops.

At the summit of Loughrigg Fell, take a moment to bask in the tranquility of the tarn below, with its shimmering waters reflecting the beauty of the surrounding fells. Let your dog roam freely as you soak in the serenity of this pristine landscape before descending back to Ambleside, invigorated by the exhilarating journey.


Rydal Water and Grasmere Circuit:

Embark on a scenic journey around the idyllic lakes of Rydal Water and Grasmere, where shimmering waters and verdant shores await. This leisurely circuit offers a delightful blend of lakeside strolls and woodland paths, perfect for dogs of all ages and abilities.

Begin your adventure at Rydal Water and follow the tranquil shoreline as it winds its way towards the picturesque village of Grasmere. Along the way, pause to admire the reflections of towering fells mirrored in the crystal-clear waters, creating a scene of timeless beauty.

As you continue your journey, traverse through enchanting woodlands alive with the melodies of songbirds and the rustle of leaves underfoot. Let your dog frolic amidst the ferns and moss-covered stones, reveling in the freedom of the great outdoors.

Upon reaching the quaint village of Grasmere, take a moment to explore its charming streets and perhaps indulge in a traditional cream tea at one of its inviting cafes. Then, continue your circuit around the tranquil waters of Rydal Water, savoring every moment of this enchanting lakeside adventure before returning to Ambleside, refreshed and rejuvenated.

The Wansfell and Jenkins Crag dog walk:

This scenic route offers a delightful blend of panoramic views, tranquil woodlands, and serene lakeside paths, making it the perfect outing for both dogs and their owners.

Begin your adventure by traversing the gentle slopes of Wansfell, a picturesque fell that offers sweeping vistas of the surrounding countryside. As you ascend, feel the crisp mountain air rejuvenate your senses while your canine companion eagerly explores the rugged terrain. Pause along the way to admire the breathtaking scenery, with Lake Windermere glistening in the distance and the majestic peaks of the Lake District looming on the horizon.

As you reach the summit of Wansfell, take a moment to soak in the panoramic views stretching as far as the eye can see. Let your dog roam freely as you revel in the tranquility of this pristine landscape, far removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

From Wansfell, descend towards the tranquil shores of Lake Windermere, where Jenkins Crag awaits. Follow the winding woodland paths as they meander along the water’s edge, offering glimpses of secluded bays and hidden coves. Allow your dog to paddle in the cool waters or simply bask in the sunshine while you admire the natural beauty of this serene lakeside retreat.

As you make your way back to Ambleside, reflect on the memorable moments shared with your canine companion amidst the stunning scenery of Wansfell and Jenkins Crag.

Whether you’re captivated by sweeping vistas or enchanted by tranquil woodlands, this scenic dog walk promises an unforgettable adventure in the heart of the Lake District.

Make sure you pop into Ambleside Pet Shop – Paws by the Lake. 

Paws by the Lake & Fernie’s Choice, The Old Toll House, Lake Rd, Waterhead, Ambleside LA22 0EZ, UK
015394 32014

10AM – 5PM



Pop in and meet Paws by the Lake Owner Caroline and Fernie before or after your walk. 



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