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Edited: 9th April 2019

M6 Junction 38 dog-friendly pub and walk near Tebay, Cumbria


This walk follows the course of a river, and ducks underneath the M6 to emerge at the site of an ancient motte and bailey fortress in the middle of the water.

The pub is lovely and welcoming - it's old, and feels just right (sloping floors and all).


The Cross Keys is a 15th Century Coaching in set in the beautiful Lune Valley. Ideal for a stop-over or just a meal break on route. A warm friendly smile awaits and the food is all home cooked and fresh. The Cross Keys is pet friendly and provide watering bowls upon request.

If you're not using the pub facilities, there is limited off-road parking by the churchyard.

Pub Address

Main Street, Tebay, CA10 3UY


Food served Mon-Fri 0800-1000, 1200-1500, 1700-2100; Sat-Sun all day. For seasonal opening hours and food service times please check their website

Menu Style

Traditional pub classics. For full menu information, allergens, specials, prices and reservations please check their website.

Dog Rules

Dogs on leads are welcome in the bar and beer garden, and water bowls are available.



Turn left out of the car park, and then turn immediately left on Church Street. After a few paces turn left again, follow the painted sign for the Post Office and walk with the churchyard to the left. Pass through a set of wooden gateposts heading downhill. Just after a stile on the right go through a gap in the fence, at a yellow waymarker, to walk onto the bed of a disused railway.

Bear right at the next waymarker arrow to walk around a barn. The path at this point has seen some very conscientious fencing to separate dogs from sheep. Turn left onto a track and continue straight on at the Bridleway sign. Cross the river bridge ahead. Dogs can easily ford the shallow river in normal weather conditions if they don't like the slatted bridge.

Turn right at the Public Footpath sign to walk with the river on the right hand side and underneath the motorway bridge, now doubling up as an informal sheep byre. Carry on walking, crossing two stiles (no dog gate) to reach a large field. Look out for the birds here, we recognised buzzards, crested grebes and a heron, and there were many more varieties besides. Towards the end of the field there are the remains of a motte and bailey castle on the right across the river. If you decide to use the stepping stones to have a closer look, watch out for a squadron of highly territorial geese!

For a 40 minute walk, this is a good place to turn round and retrace your way back to the Cross Keys. Walking shoes or wellies recommended in wet weather.

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Report review Fionabrunton - Driving with Dogs


Green 60 Points
22 November 2019

Nice walk but noisy from motorway and railway line

I found an alternative route which avoided livestock. Go down church Street as suggested in directions but stay on this road all the way to the bottom. This brings you to the footbridge over the river but just on the right is a kissing gate. Go through here and there’s a narrow path that follows the river under the M6. Good shallow areas in the river for the dog to have a splash. This is a reasonable walk but very noisy with M6 and railway both very close by. If you have a noise sensitive dog like mine then you may prefer something further from the motorway and railway line.

Report review BrianTodd - Driving with Dogs


Green 15 Points
16 April 2019

Juno loved her swim

Will remember this spot next time we're travelling up the M6.

Traffic was terrible as usual but a riverside walk was just what Juno needed after a couple of hours in the car. The narrow sandy path through the woods is well maintained. She loves swimming and the River Lune was perfect for her. Nice and shallow and easy to get in and out of. It was nice to see so many lambs close up, although as the fencing is a bit low in places, large dogs which chase sheep would have to be kept on a lead. Pity about the traffic noise which you can't escape being so close to the motorway, otherwise would have got more stars.

Edited: 9th April 2019. The details of this listing may have changed, and though the Driving with Dogs team do our best to confirm the accuracy of every listing, we cannot guarantee that the details are fully up to date and accurate. If you know that any aspect of this listing is incorrect, please suggest an edit to let us know.