Bark the Herald Angels Sing!

A group of us at Lake District Hotels recently hosted a free Christmas Dog Walk to spread some festive cheer to both our two- and four-legged clientele.

The festive dog walk, which took place on Friday 17th December, was hosted by Lake District Hotels in association with Keswick Tourism Association and attracted an impressive number of both humans and canines.


On the picture-pawfect afternoon, 27 adults & 24 dogs all pawed off from Keswick’s Market Square where we made their way to Friars Crag, then on to Castlehead View Point to take in the magnificent views of Derwentwater. The weather could not have been more amazing with many guests using this as an opportunity to snap lots of photos and the dogs even enjoyed a group play in the lake.

Afterwards, all two-legged guests were rewarded in true festive fashion with a steaming glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate & mince pies outside the 4-star Inn on the Square. Naturally, there were complimentary dog treats for four-legged friends also!


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A large selection of dogs dressed for the occasion sporting their finest festive attire including Labradors, Cocker Spaniels, Collies, Border Terriers, Springer Spaniels, plus more. One lucky dog, Coco, a Daschund who moved to the Keswick area just 18 months ago won best dressed festive pup and was rewarded with a wonderful Christmas hamper donated by local pet store, Podgy Paws.

 “Our 6 Lake District Hotels are all dog friendly, so we wanted to host an event that welcomed both humans and their pooches. We were incredibly pleased with the turnout and we couldn’t have asked for better weather! There was a great mix of local residents and visitors who came along to experience the Christmas atmosphere that our town is well-known for.” – Dani Hope, Director of Lake District Hotels


Laura Clingan and her best dressed dog, Coco

The event was held as part of Keswick Advent 2021 which has become quite an attraction in its own right. The calendar offers local businesses and organisations the chance to host a selection of Christmas events throughout the month of December to create a festive buzz around town.

For further information on all 6 of our dog friendly Lake District hotels, click here.