Dogs Very Welcome
We welcome dogs (and their owners) to our Bed & Breakfast in the Lake District. We love them so much that DOGS STAY FREE! That’s a rare thing in the Ambleside area 🙂
We have lots of customers who return to us year after year, particularly with their dogs, as they know their pets are going to be made just as welcome as they are!
As well as the local fells, there are plenty of great circular dog walking routes that we can recommend to you. Just ask us for details.
Here’s our official policy on dogs:
Your dog is welcome at Brantholme. If you have a dog with you, we would prefer that it is not allowed onto the furniture or left in the room unattended. If you feel your dog can be trusted and will not panic when left alone, please let us know and let us have a way to contact you just in case it gets spooked!
Please be considerate enough to clean-up after your dog, particularly within the grounds (there is a bin in the car park).
Please be aware that there are sometimes children staying and not all children have been taught how to behave around dogs!
Our Favourite Walks
You’re in for a treat when you stay with us at Brantholme, if you enjoy walking, as there are plenty of walks you can access straight from right outside our door. You can be up in the fells, or down on the shores of Lake Windermere within minutes.
We’re often out walking with our dogs and have a number of favourite walks around Ambleside and The Lake District that we’d be happy to recommend to you. Just contact us beforehand, or ask while you are staying with us at Brantholme.
Ian, Helen and Hank’s Favourite: Tarn Hows
Tarn Hows really is one of the most beautiful places in The Lake District if not the World. After a short drive from our B and B in Ambleside you can park up and stroll round the stunning tarn. It is an easy yet picturesque 2 mile circular walk which you can get a wheel chair or pushchair round (we did both the day after Garfield and Hatti’s wedding!)
Garfield and Mindi’s Favourite: Wansfell and Troutbeck
For this one you can leave your car in our car park and make your way to Skellghyll Woods. From here you will be treated to a fantastic view of Lake Windermere from Jenkins Crag before carrying on to the beautiful little village of Troutbeck. Maybe even stop for a drink at The Mortal Man before heading up to the summit Wansfell Pike and taking in the views of Ambleside and its surrounding fells. Then follow the steep path back down to Ambleside visiting Stockghyll waterfalls on the way.
Liana and Oscar’s Favourite: Lily Tarn and Loughrigg Fell
Lily Tarn itself doesn’t compare to the much larger Tarn Hows(it certainly won’t take you as long to walk around it) but its the walk up there and the views that sell this one. You can make this part of a much longer walk or keep it simple and sit by the tranquil tarn for a picnic and then head back down into Ambleside.
The Boy’s Favourite: Ambleside to Grasmere via Rydal Caves
This walk takes you from our Ambleside B&B to the village of Grasmere and offers great views of two lakes and also caves to explore along the way. When you make it to Grasmere there are plenty of cafes to refuel before heading back to Ambleside. You can either make your way back the way you came or along the “coffin route” (a wonderful walk in itself) or if you have had enough walking by then you can always catch a bus.
This is certainly not an exhausted list of fantastic walks from our B&B in Ambleside. There are plenty of other easy walks like these ones or much harder hikes on our doorstep. If you have a full day set aside for walking you could attempt The Fairfield Horseshoe, Scarfell Pike(England’s highest mountain) or explore down the Langdale valley.