A drive along the A592 along the shores of Ullswater gives loads of options for your dog to have a good run around or even a swim. There are various places where you can pull in and park for free, and access the wooded lake shores.
We chose to park at the National Trust car park at Aira Force (free for Members) and had a stroll up the side of the beck to the dramatic waterfalls. The round trip is only a mile or so but well worth a visit, especially after some rain. There are no real off lead opportunities though, and your dog must be well under control near some of the steep drops! The paths are steep and rough in parts.
Returning to the car park, we'd recommend the toffee cake and coffee from the nearby cafe. The lakeside is just a short distance away if you can still manage it afterwards!
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Doggy rating 5/10