Ambleside always seems full of dogs, and I'm sure many of them (and their owners) don't frequent the high fells. With grazing sheep prevalent on most of the lower fells and public footpaths it can sometimes be hard to find somewhere to let the dog have a good run around off the lead.
Borrans Park, on the banks of Lake Windermere, is a good place to spend half an hour or so. It's ideally suited to start or end a walk round Jenkins Crag or Loughrigg. The park is easy to find, next to the A591, beside the Waterhead Hotel and very near to the Steamer Piers. There are several small gently shelving beaches and a large grassy area, ideal for "fetch". When we visited it was quite busy, but we did find a peaceful spot to sit on a wooded crag, whilst the dog ran frantically over the rocks, pleading with us to throw something in the lake.
Unfortunately for him, we didn't fancy dragging a bedraggled dog around Ambleside, so this time he didn't get a swim.
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Doggy rating 5/10