A DAY out on your doorstep can be made all the more memorable by adding one small thing to the mix – your pet dog.

Cumbria is quite simply a dream for dogs.

There are long walks to be had, beaches to run on, lakes to swim in, and much more.

So, where to go for your doggie day out?

The choice is endless.

There are mountain hikes, accessible strolls and lakeside walks. But don’t forget sandy beach runs.

Cumbria has miles of coastline to explore, dotted with beautiful dog friendly beaches.

Your dog will love taking a wander along Arnside promenade and onto the shoreline where low-hanging, trees guide you along the water’s edge.

The St Bees Heritage Coast is one of the most breath-taking stretches of Cumbria’s extensive coastline and offers a great chance for your dog to explore while you simply unwind.

And one of the finest beaches along the Cumbrian coast is at Silecroft with its long stretch of pebble and shingle beach, which – when visited at low tide, gives your dog a vast expanse of open space to enjoy on its golden sand.

Inland, around ten miles to the east of Carlisle and near the small town of Brampton, a walk at Talkin Tarn with your dog is well-worth the trip. Surrounded by ancient woodland this is a perfect location to get off the beaten track with your family and beloved pet.

There are also plenty of dog friendly hotels with spas including The Low Wood Bay Resort and Spa at Windermere, Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa near Bassenthwaite, Rothay Garden Hotel and Spa at Grasmere or the North Lakes Hotel and Spa near Penrith.

You could also consider dog friendly self-catering cottages, guest houses and B&Bs or glamping sites.

As well as all the home comforts for you, there are often little extras like towels for muddy paws, to cosy beds and treats.

Some places even offer dog-sitting services, so you can enjoy dog-free dining or a night on the town.

So why not plan your perfect day out on your doorstep with your dog – as a treat for the New Year.