Sometimes we just need to escape, switch off from the everyday, pack up the car and take to the countryside. An escape to a place where wanderlust awaits.

When we say ‘wanderlust’, we don’t just mean sitting on a beach, cocktail in hand, sand between the toes. We’ve found wanderlust with the woof-factor.

A pampered poochy stay in the Lake District is the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors while still getting your holiday fix close to home this summer. 

Alfie checks in for a weekend of walks and tail-wags at the North Lakes Hotel & Spa, near Penrith. Stylish interiors, fine dining and a serene spa ticks all the boxes for humans; while cosy beds, blankets and a dedicated entrance for muddy paws, means there’s plenty to bark about when it comes to four-legged luxury.

The dog-friendly double rooms are kitted out as mini suites. A lounge to rest those legs after you’ve lapped the lakes, all the kitchen kit you need to keep the kids and canines happy, and cosy furnishings for curling up and switching off for slumber.

When it comes to planning the perfect weekend with your pooch – you’re in good hands! Ratcher, the hotel’s resident dog, will gently guide you on his favourite nearby walks – whether it’s a high peak hike, an Aira Force fumble or a leisurely lakeside stroll. The opportunities are endless when it comes to exploring the National Park with your pup.

On your return from a dog-friendly day out in this beautiful part of the world, you’ll arrive through your own, muddy-paw-friendly entrance, where you’ll be able to kick off your wellies, wind down after ‘walkies’ and get ready to refuel in the hotel’s FYR restaurant and grill.

An open-fire grill takes centre stage in the restaurant, creating a sociable space for seasonal supper and plenty of sipping. Foodies are invited to watch the dancing flames while succulent, sizzling steaks are prepared in front of you. Whether it’s a hearty, home-cooked main, a FYR signature steak or a fired-up, flavour-filled kebab, this place is sure to leave you feeling full and fuzzy.

If that’s not enough, pampered humans can check in at the hotel’s sumptuous spa. Leave your pup to snooze in their suite while you warm up in the sauna, dip your toes in the pool and get that feel-good glow with a Caudalie facial.

Fed, watered and fully refreshed, you’re perfectly placed to explore more of the Lake District with your well-travelled pooch. Now that is wanderlust.