Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and Merseyside.
North West England has a lot to offer the outdoor-bound dog owner. It is bounded to the east by the Peak District and the Pennines and to the west by the Irish Sea.
The Lake District is famous for its lakes, forests and mountains (known as fells) and pretty villages. It also has a good reputation for making dogs welcome. There are walks for all levels of fitness (dogs and humans!) with fantastic opportunities to spot birds and wildlife, including the Red squirrel. Explore dog friendly Grizedale Forest near Hawkshead or enjoy the views from a boat while cruising Lake Windermere on a pleasure boat.
It’s worth being prepared and investing in good waterproof clothing though — rainfall is higher than any other part of in England!
The area is really geared up to welcome dogs, and the town of Keswick has gained a reputation for being particularly accommodating, with a good number of dog friendly cafes, bars and shops.
Coastal highlights of the North West include dog friendly beaches at Blackpool and Morecambe with public art including the statue of the comedian Eric Morecambe. The Solway Coast (covering most of the English Solway First coastline from Rockcliffe to Maryport) has an abundance of natural landscapes renowned for spectacular sunsets and perfect for evening strolls with your dog.
The attractive Forest of Bowland (or Bowland Fells) has barren fells, deep valleys and moorland, and features Pendle Hill, famed for its historial and intriguing association with witches!
Top dog friendly attractions include Chester, with its ancient and well-preserved surrounding walls perfect to walk and view the city from. Heysham, on the coast to the south of Morecambe, is said to be one of the most picturesque villages in the UK, so why not add it to your 'must visit' list.