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The Doggy Handbook: The Bare Necessities

In your home, there are a few basic things that you are going to need for your dog. Without these items, you won’t have the right tools to not only care for your pooch, but also to train them. At Philomena London, we strive to provide as many products as possible to make your dog feel right at home. In the Doggy Handbook series, we will be looking at some fantastic training tips, the essential products, and also some great guides on activities and days out that are completely dog friendly. This first chapter will take a look at some of the basic items you need for your dog.

 

Food and Water

Of course, every dog needs food and water – but they also need a bowl for each as well. There are so many different bowls to choose from, as well as a wide price range so you don’t need to feel pressured into spending a fortune. We have bowls ranging from £4 to £60, so make sure to check out the section on our website here.

We also have a great range of food and treats from the Natural Dog Food Company, which is made from completely natural ingredients for a better and healthier food. Plus, dogs absolutely love it. Make sure you stock up on the treats – they will be essential for training!

 

Sleep

Every dog needs a comfy bed to sleep on. After all, chasing rabbits all afternoon and playing with friends can be exhausting work. So when the day comes to an end and it’s time to settle down, dogs want somewhere soft and warm to curl up for the night. We have a fantastic range of dog beds available from Charley Chau and John Whitaker, so that your canine companions can have sweet dreams and a comfy rest. Check out our selection here.

 

Walk

The dog walk is the part of the day every pooch looks forward to the most. When out on the field or in the dog park, they want to look their best, and what better way to express that than with a fantastic new collar and lead? We have an absolutely amazing range of collars and leads available from a range of designers – including us!

If you are looking for something low cost but with amazing designs, then Sweetpea and Boo are the ones you should look at. On the other end of the spectrum, you can take a look at our own line of collars with Charlotte Dujardin that are made from soft English leather. Plus, we have everything in between, with brands like Pioneros and Simba Jones. Take a look at our entire range here.

 

Play

Toys are so important to dogs, both as a form of entertainment but also distraction. We have a great range of Beco toys available, which are made from all natural material and also incredibly durable. The plush toys are double stitched and we have a great character selection, as well as three sizes so that every dog can have one. The rubber bones and balls are really tough, perfect for dogs who like to have a good chew. Plus, the fact that they are all natural means that if they tear a chunk off of one of the bones there is a lot less panic is it ends up being swallowed.

 

Poop

Every dog needs to poop on a walk, and often people are reluctant to clean it up because of the impact on the environment that plastic bags have. Well, we have the answer to your concerns in the form of the Beco eco-friendly poop bags.

It only takes a matter of weeks for these to start decomposing and they are 100% biodegradable, so there are no negative effects on the environment. Plus, they come in two sizes – so the bigger dogs are accommodated for. At an affordable price and with the option to buy an eco-friendly poop bag holder, these are a great buy and essential for any dog walk. Take a look here.

 

To Conclude

At Philomena London, we aim to provide everything we can for your canine companion. We know they are important to you, and so we always ensure that our products are the best possible quality. Hopefully this guide has given you some insight into the basic items you need for your dog, especially if you are about to rescue one or buy a puppy. With so much to offer, we’d love for you to visit our website and check out some of our great doggy products.

A Happy New Year for Your Pet

Hopefully you all had a wonderful Christmas, and your pets were spoiled rotten (just like ours). After the joy and warmth of Christmas Day, the preparations for New Year’s celebrations begin, and I’d like to take the time to talk to you about the ways in which your pet can stay safe during the celebrations. Below are things you can do to reduce stress and keep them happy while you party.

The main thing that causes pets stress during New Year’s celebrations are the fireworks. They can cause incredibly high levels of anxiety and so it is important to take some precautions before the evening celebrations begin.

  1. Exercise

Take your dog for a long run or walk before the evening festivities. Play fetch or have them run around to really work off that energy. Our dogs respond really well to flyers so it’s worth giving them a go. The more tired they are from the walk, the more likely they are to sleep through the noise from the fireworks.  When it comes to your cats you can try playing games with them with a cat wand or a laser pen – most cats love the laser pen game. They will be tired out in no time.

2. Keep them indoors

Keep your cats and dogs indoors during fireworks. If they are outside and unattended during the celebrations there is a chance that they will escape through fear and stress. When it comes to cats it’s best to keep them inside as the noise can lead them to running away and hiding, many cats go missing every year as a result of them getting lost and disorientated during fireworks.

3. Keep them confined

If you are having the party at your house then be sure to keep your cat or dog confined to a safe room in the house where guests are unlikely to accidentally let them out. By giving them a room to be confined in you are reducing the chances of escape through fear but also decreasing stress levels. So many dogs go missing every year after they run away through fear.

4. Feliway and Adaptil

Feliway and Adaptil are pheromone diffusers, for cats and dogs respectively. The release of pheromones helps to calm and de-stress pets and are often used during fireworks. Generally, Feliway and Adaptil are incredibly effective and really help when it comes to keeping your pet calm, all you have to do it plug it into the wall. If your pets gets very anxious during fireworks it is definitely best to give this a try.

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As a final note, it is important to remember to watch what your pet is eating. No doubt there will be a delicious array of snacks for you and your guests to eat throughout the night, so be sure to watch your cats and dogs to make sure they aren’t eating anything that is potentially dangerous to them such as nuts, raisins, and chocolate. No one wants to rush to the vet on New Year’s Eve.

We hope you have a safe and happy New Year’s celebration tomorrow night. We at Philomena London wish you all the best for 2016 and thank you all for your support over the past year and look forward to seeing you again in the new one!

The Christmas Dinner for Pets

Christmas is not just about us having a delicious dinner together, but it’s a time for the animals to join in as well. We like nothing more than sharing our roast dinner, but as we all know there are things to be wary of when sharing with your pet (see this post). So we have gathered together some of the things that we eat on Christmas day that won’t harm your pet and are still just as enjoyable for them – this way you can share without worry.

The best bit is you just need to put it all in the bowl together, your pet isn’t going to mind!

  1. Turkey or chicken

Whichever bird you are having this Christmas, you can feel happy giving it to your dog or cat. Turkey is the healthier of the two birds, and with each make sure it is just the meat and not the skin/drippings as those are high in fat. Also, it would be an idea to put your pet’s serving aside before you cover it in onions, fat, and other potentially harmful ingredients.

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2. Salmon (not smoked)

A favourite for the festive season, salmon is high in omega 3 and helps keep your pet’s coat lovely and shiny. In fact, we have always given Inky our salmon skin and people often remark how soft his coat is at the grand age of 12 (13 next month). It’s good for them, and so you can feel good about giving it to them – just remember that everything is good in moderation.

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3. Christmas Veg

Generally, vegetables have little to no nutritional value for dogs or cats so there is no harm in giving them the classic Christmas veg with their dinner. Carrots, sprouts, parsnips, and potatoes will go down a treat with your pet so be sure to give them a generous serving. We have found that our dogs prefer raw carrot (whereas the cats prefer cooked) but every pet is different.

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4. Gravy

We do not recommend the fattier foods be fed to your pets in general, even during Christmas dinner, but it’s okay to put a teaspoon of your delicious home made gravy on top as a special treat – our menagerie get a tiny spoonful each every year. The same goes for the cranberry sauce (again in a tiny amount) as cranberries can be eaten by your cats and dogs, but we prefer to give them fresh cranberries as the sauce is full of sugar (hence the tiny portion if you choose to give it to them).

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5. Pudding

Christmas pudding is a tradition, but sadly not for your pet as it is filled with raisins and nuts, not to mention that it gets covered in alcohol! A healthy alternative? Some blueberries and apple slices (maybe even some left over cranberries). This will be a much nicer treat for your pet as it is both delicious and non-toxic.

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Your pet’s health is important this Christmas so be sure to remove anything potentially harmful or toxic to them from your Christmas feast. Merry Christmas from all of us from Philomena London (and the assorted animals that live with us.)!

Merry Christmas from Inky!
Merry Christmas from Inky!

12 Perfect Gift Ideas

It’s the holiday season and everyone has started their Christmas shopping. Everyone in the human family has been accounted for and now it’s just the pet members left to buy for. Here, we have a little Christmas gift guide, highlighting twelve of our favourite gifts for your furry friend. Don’t forget, we have free UK P&P this Christmas as well – something that is sure to help out a little with the Christmas shopping!

  1. Christmas Gift Boxes for Cats and Dogs

Our Christmas Gift Boxes are probably one of the most exciting things we are selling this season. Packed full of exciting gifts and tasty treats, they are something your dog is certain to enjoy and make the ultimate all-in-one gift. There are toys for your dog to play with (and keep them distracted while you open your presents!) and a coat for that chilly pre-lunch walk, as well as some tasty natural dog treats. We have two boxes available; the Millfield Box at £29.95, and the Hyde Park box at £39.95.

Hyde Park Christmas Gift Box

2. Beco Christmas Cat and Dog Toys

Beco,  with their love for the environment and pets, make a perfect combination for the production of dog toys and accessories. Our choice of Beco product for you Christmas gift list are the Beco Christmas toy range for cats and dogs. Beco toys in general are great quality and provide excellent entertainment for your pet, but the festive themed soft toys for cats and dogs are definitely a must for this Christmas, and with prices from £3.99-£8.99 who can resist?

Toby the Teddy…

3. Wilmot Red Cable Knit Sweater for Dogs

Also available in grey, the Wilmot Red Cable Knit Sweater makes a very warm and festive outfit for your dog. Inspired by a 1930’s men’s cable knit jumper, these sweaters are hand knitted in England using only the finest wool. They have an added loophole so that a harness can be worn underneath, and so are great for dry days out with your pooch.  At only £45 this jumper makes a warm and chic gift for your dog this Christmas!

Wilmot Red Cable Knit Sweater

4. Hawkins Organic

Someone that we really love is Hawkins Organic. They create dog and horse grooming products that are completely organic and “free from nasty chemicals.” The products are made in England, and the packaging is mostly made from recycled plastic  – two things that we strongly support here at Philomena London. When it comes to dog shampoo, our favourite has to be the Lemon Drizzle, it left our three lovely and clean after a particularly filthy walk! Definitely give them a look as shampoo can make a great gift for the muddy puppy, and even the muddy horse, in our lives.

Lemon Drizzle Shampoo for Dogs

5. Drink Devour Dog Dishes (Set of Two)

Rae Dunn makes some of our favourite dishes, and this set is definitely in the top three. Handmade in California, Rae Dunn strives for imperfection – in keeping with the Japanese tradition of wabi-sabi (the beauty of things imperfect). These dishes are solid and thick, making them quite sturdy and therefore a bit more durable than your average ceramic dog dish. This particular pair highlight exactly what a lot of dogs do – drink and devour! At £59 they make a lasting gift for your furry friend. Why not have a look at the cat ones too, at £54?

Drink. Devour.

6. Sweetpea and Boo Liberty Print Cat Collar

Hand-crafted in the UK, the Sweetpea and Boo Liberty Print cat collar is just too sweet to resist. The lovely floral themes brings forward thoughts of the coming spring and is sure to look stylish on your feline friend. With an elasticated back and shiny silver bell, this collar will fit the majority of cats, and at only £12 it makes the sweetest Christmas gift. We even have Liberty Print collars for dogs at the same great price.

Sweetpea and Boo Liberty Print Cat Collar

 

7. Love My Dog Hoxton Harris Tweed Dog Collar

This wonderful collar is made from Love My Dog’s signature Hoxton Tweed. Hand-crafted, it is hard-wearing, durable, and strong. Easy to clean and lined with suede it has the power to make any dog look smart. We love the Tartan pattern on this collar, and it feels particularly festive –  a favourite of our own dog, Inky. With prices starting at £56 it’s a must have for your dog. Some have even bought the smallest size for their cats!

Hoxton Harris Tweed Collars.

8. My McDawg Lilac Herringbone Harris Tweed Dog Collar

My McDawg produces fine Harris Tweed collars at great prices for your dog. With a super soft moleskin lining it provides incredibly comfort for your pooch as well as giving them the stylish look that they deserve. Made in the Outer Hebrides, and using only the finest Harris Tweed, My McDawg ensures that your pet receives the quality they deserve from their collars. The Lilac Herringbone (shown) is one of many collars available at our online shop. You can buy it here for £24.95, but if you’d like to see the rest of the line then take a look here. Collars make great gifts for dogs, so why not make it McDawg?

Lilac Herringbone Harris Tweed Collar by My McDawg

9. Charley Chau Silver Fox Faux Fur Blanket

Charley Chau is an award winning pet bed design company. Their beds and blankets are made to make them irresistibly comfortable for your pet.  Featured on our gift list is the medium Silver Fox Faux Fur Blanket at £70. It can be used as a throw for the furniture or perfectly paired with a Charley Chau bed. All Charley Chau products are machine washable, so important to dog owners!

Silver Fox Faux Fur Blanket by Charley Chau

 

10. John Whitaker International Union Jack Dog Coat

John Whitaker’s Union Jack dog coat has definitely been one of our best sellers this year. The only downside is that there is a limited supply as they are a limited edition coat. With a warm and fleecy inside and a waterproof outside they make a perfect, and affordable coat – ideal for the icy winter months ahead. If you want one of these for your pooch it’s best to grab one sooner rather than later because when these are gone, they’re gone for good. Grab yours now for only £20!

John Whitaker International Union Jack Dog Coat

11. The Natural Dog Food Company Chicken Treats

The Natural Dog Food Company is one of our newest suppliers, and we are so glad to have taken them on. Based on the same delicious and wholesome principles as their complete foods, Natural Dog Food Company Treats offer a tasty, low calorie, hypoallergenic treat that your dog will love. Whether you’re looking for an effective yet healthy training treat or simply to pamper your dog day-to-day, Natural Dog Food Company Treats make the ideal choice! At only £3 a bag they are wonderful as stocking fillers for your pets on Christmas morning!

Natural Dog Food Company Chicken Treats

12. Alessi Lula Storage Jar in Black

Alessi is a great brand with original and fun designs filling their pet range. We love carrying them, and we think that you will love buying their products for your pet. On our gift list we have the Lula Storage Jar in Black, a clear jar for filling with tasty treats for your canine (or feline) friend. It’s a great design and at £24 it makes an equally great gift. Pick one up for your dog, or maybe even take a peek at the ones for cats at the same price. If you like the Alessi treat jars then do feel free to browse the rest of their range here.

Alessi Lula Storage Jar in Black

 

So ends our Christmas gift guide for this year. Hopefully you found some great gift ideas for your pets or even pet friends. Didn’t find what you were looking for? Shop everything at Philomena London.

From everyone at Philomena London we wish you the Merriest of Christmases and a happy and prosperous New Year!

A Christmas Surprise

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This year we have something really exciting to offer you all – our first Christmas dog gift boxes. With varying content and prices, we are sure you will find the perfect combination of gifts for your pet, or pet friends. Your pet will be cozy, entertained and enjoying their treats on Christmas morning, and with free UK deliver what more could you ask for?

The Hyde Park Christmas Gift Box

The Hyde Park Christmas Gift Box

Named after the famous, and beautiful, London park the Hyde Park Christmas Gift Box offers a great range of exciting presents for your furry friend.  With the price at £39.95 you get quite a few gifts, all of which will be lovingly packed for your dog. Take a look below to see what this particular box includes.

1 x John Whitaker Dog Coat (size of your choice)

1 x Beco Travel Bowl (colour of your choice)

1 x Beco Ball (size of your choice)

1 x Natural Dog Treats

1 x Christmas Beco Toy of your choice

 

The Millfield Christmas Gift Box

The Millfield Christmas Box

Named after Inky, Finn, and Philomena’s favourite walking spot, the Millfield Christmas gift box is smaller than the Hyde Park one, but is no less exciting for your dog. At £29.85 you get to choose three great gift to put in your box that are sure to bring joy to your canine’s Christmas. Have a look below to see what this festive box includes:

1 x John Whitaker Dog Coat (size of your choice)

1 x Natural Dog Treats

1 x Christmas Beco Toy of your choice

 

Christmas is a time of giving and sharing, and what better way to share the holidays with your furry friend than with an exciting gift box filled with festive treats?  Shop now and take a look, we have free UK P&P for Christmas time to make the holiday shopping that little bit easier.

5 Great Places to Walk Your Dog: Cheshire

Thank you for joining us for another week of discovering great places to walk your dog. Sorry for the delay in posting this week, we had some technical difficulties and so were unable to post on time. This week we’re taking a trip to Cheshire as we explore some really great walking spots.

 

1. Dutton Locks

Dutton Locks

Starting off with an accessible route, the Dutton Locks route is very much wheelchair friendly, and so for those of you who have difficulty getting around with your dog this walk would be great for you. This riverside walk has a lot to offer, from long journeys that are sure to wear your dog out to a large river that might be good for some shallow paddling on hot days. If you’re looking for a peaceful walk this is the one for you. Make sure to stock up on poo bags before you set off – you can pick some up on our website!

 

2. Sandstone Trail

Sandstone Trail

This walk is definitely for those of you who are looking for a good workout. A hilly environment with beautiful woodland, this walk is for the dog and walker who really want to exercise as much as they can. Of course, the physicality of this walk should not dissuade you from giving it a go, as the views are spectacular and the walk itself is wonderful to look at. Why not stock up on some balls and have a game of fetch to keep your dog running while you take a break?

 

3. Spike Island Walk

Spike Island

From four miles to ten, it’s up to you how far and long you walk out here. With gorgeous views and wonderful flat lands to walk across you and your canine companion are sure to enjoy this adventure. If your dog is the swimming kind there is plenty of water en route that they are sure to enjoy splashing about in. With miles of open land, every walk can be a different one, and with plenty of places to stop for refreshments along the way you can keep going for hours, after all what perfect time is there for a day long walk than the weekend?

 

4. Delamere Forest

Delamere Forest

For the walker who doesn’t want a hardcore walk but certainly wants a bit more exercise than the average, this walk is the one. With both flat and hilly land, it covers a large area and offers different levels of walking. For those who enjoy the woodlands, this walk is excellent, and when you want a little bit of open space there’s a park area to explore as well. Your dog is sure to enjoy the excitement of this adventurous walk, with so many new sounds and scents. Not only this, but there are plenty of places to pick up a quick drink and a snack on your travels.

 

5. Grappenhall Heys

Grappenhall Heys

Open fields and woodlands make up this scenic route in the Grappenhall Heys. With a forest and several different fields, this is a walk that your dog will no doubt enjoy to the full, and it’s the perfect place for a game of fetch. If your dog is the swimming type there’s also a river that your furry friend might enjoy taking a dip in, especially during the hot spring and summer days to come (and they likely will after the heat we have been experiencing lately!).

 

So concludes another week of the great places to walk your dog. Next week we will be looking at the walks available in Durham, so be sure to check in! Also, on Wednesday we will be looking at Philomena’s favourite pet treats, so be sure to keep an eye out for ideas on what to give your dog as a little treat to say ‘well done!’

5 Great Places to Walk Your Dog: Aberdeenshire

Welcome to another dog-walking Friday evening. While you’re sitting back with a cup of tea and browsing the internet, why not stop by and take a read of our places to walk your dog series? For those of you who read regularly, welcome back and please enjoy yet another installment. This week we’re in Aberdeenshire, Scotland for fun and adventure!

1. Alastrean Circuit

Alastrean Circuit

This peaceful walk leads you through picturesque woodland and fields, with vast amounts of flat land that will have your dog running for hours on end. This kind of area is ideal for casual games of fetch, so consider stocking up on balls before you set off. There are areas where it is advised you clip the lead on for a bit, so do be prepared to do so should you take this route. Despite this, you’re sure to enjoy this quiet country walk!

2. Castle Fraser

Castle Fraser

For every dog walker with even a little interest in history, this is sure to be a great walk for you and your dog. With several points of historical interest, this is not a walk to miss. If you’re planning a day out that includes your dog, then why not bring a picnic along? After all, there’s nothing nicer than everyone enjoying a walk together! With forests and water that your dog will no doubt enjoy swimming in, this route has every canines favourite things. Do be warned that if you go after it’s been raining you may need your wellie boots!

3. Drummy Wood

Drummy Wood

This forest walk really is one of beauty. Peaceful, and consisting mainly of flat land, this walk is really the best way to enjoy nature and the time you get to spend with your dog. If you’re quiet enough you may get a peek at some of the glorious birds and animals that live in the forest, and with over five kilometers to walk you’re sure to have a few chances to spot some!

4. Banff

Banff

A historical and iconic coastal town has so many great walks to offer, whether you fancy taking a stroll along the coast, or want to walk through grassy areas instead, you’re sure to find something you like. If you’re interested in boats, this town holds the Scottish small boat festival, and so you might consider making a trip up with your furry friend for the occasion. A village filled with such interesting architecture and walking spots is not one to miss.

5. Bennachie

Bennachie

This hill ridge may not be tall, but the walk is spectacular. If you’re in a hiking mood and you have a dog that requires a really good run then this is the walk for you! Bennachie is the site of an old Iron Age hill fort, and from the top you can gaze across the surrounding area and determine where you and your canine pal will be travelling to next. With heather filled hills, forest, and a winding river the possibilities are endless on this great adventure that you and your dog will share.

 

So there we are with another week, and another list of wonderful walks. Next week we will be looking at Cheshire, so join us again for our travels across the United Kingdom!

5 Great Places to Walk Your Dog: Hertfordshire

Welcome back to another installment of the 5 great places to walk your dog! Hopefully you’ve been enjoying all of our walking destinations, and maybe you’ve tried a few out yourself. If you have, we’d love to see some of your photos in the comments or maybe sent into our Philomena London Facebook page!

This week we’re taking a look at the walks in Hertfordshire, so clip on your dog’s lead, get out of the house, and start looking for a new walk time adventure!

1. Radwell Meadows

Radwell Meadows

As always, I am sure to put in at least one accessible walk every week. This week I bring you Radwell Meadows, which is 13 miles of beautiful open land. The flat, paved routes make this both an excellent walk for those of you who need more accessible travels, but also for the walker who is looking for an easy walk with their dog. If you are into wooded areas, however, there is a small one to be found within the open land. This particular walk would be the perfect opportunity to use one of our Beco Rope Balls for a fantastic and energetic game of fetch, so why not pick one up from our website and have a game with your dog?

2. Northaw Great Wood

Northaw Great Wood

Perfect for the age old art of Picnics in the woods, this walk is both wonderful and peaceful. Take a little basket of food and be sure to take advantage of the picnic tables along the route. With loads of wildlife to see and a forest filled with nature, this walk is sure to please everyone involved – including the dog! With a sweet little river, this woodland walk is sure to encourage your dog to explore and sniff to their heart’s content. For the historian dog walker, one of the routes takes you to an old WWII site, so do be sure to check it out!

3. Therfied Heath

Therfield Heath

If you’re looking to walk aimlessly for miles then I think we found the perfect walk for you. Hundreds of dogs are walked on this heath, and so for a day of mindless walking and socialisation with other dogs I couldn’t recommend this walk more! Whether you stay on or off the path it won’t challenge you and so while your dog wanders and interacts you can have some time with your thoughts and yourself. After you’ve enjoyed your wander, why not stop at the local dog-friendly pub for a quick refreshment (of the non-alcoholic type if you’re driving) before the journey home?

4. Colney Heath

Colney Heath

Another relaxing walk, this health-land is large and open, with some woodland spotted around and a little stream. A picturesque and peaceful stroll, it’s sure to be great fir you and your furry friend, after all you both need some time to unwind with a little peace and quiet. This walk can be made as long or as short as you like, with some extended routes stretching across to some fishing areas. If you do decide to take a particularly long route, however, do be careful when you come to the road as it can get quite busy so do be sure to put your dog on a lead before you cross! When you’re finished your walk, you’re very close to the town, so maybe stop by in one of the local pubs or cafes for a refreshing beverage or even a spot of lunch.

5. Hyde Lane

Hyde Lane

Our final walk this week is at Hyde Lane, which is a combination of woodland, open fields, and (every dog’s favourite) a river. With several different routes to take, every walk is sure to be a new adventure, although if your dog loves to swim and play in the water we recommend the water route. With the ability to make the walk as long or as short as you like, there is no end to the combination of walking activities you and your dog can take part in. There’s even something for the historian dog walker, with an excellent and informative information board on the Roman villa site that can be found in Hyde Lane’s surrounding fields, so be sure to take a look and maybe learn some new and interesting facts about the area.

 

Thank you for reading another week of 5 great places to walk your dog, hopefully you have some enjoyable walks ahead of you and maybe you’ll take this long weekend to give them a go. Next week we’ll be looking at Herefordshire, so be sure to tune in again next Friday for the latest news on where to walk and why!

5 Great Places to Walk Your Dog: Derbyshire

Welcome back to another Friday where we talk about the great places to walk your dog across the country. Last week we looked at Kent, and this week we’re moving on to Derbyshire. Maybe you’ll find a new place to explore in this exciting installment.

1. Mam Tor

Mam Tor

Mam Tor is a truly breathtaking site. A really central part of the Peak District, this is a highly recommended place for walking. The wind can be quite strong here, but as long as you brace yourself it shouldn’t hit you too hard! Your dog will really love this place too, as its great for them to explore, although there are some areas that recommend you keep them on a lead. If you enjoy exploring magnificent landscapes, this is the place for you.

2. Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village

I have to start this with saying what a great little place this is, both for families and dogs. The dogs are even welcome on the rides! Crich Tramway Village is also wheelchair friendly, and this place is perfect for everyone. The museum has been recommended by the Dogs Trust as a dog friendly venue, and while they have to be kept on the lead, it’s sure to be a fun day for everyone – just don’t let your dogs into the catering area!

3. Longdendale Trail

Longdendale Trail

whether you cycle or walk, this trail is for you. It’s beautiful, and if you’re into the supernatural you might want to keep an eye out for the ghosts of the Roman soldiers that pass through the hills. If you and your dog enjoy games while you walk, why not pick up a Beco Ball from our online shop and bring it along? There is something serene about this trail, and if you are the type who enjoys long and peaceful walks (this one is seven miles!) then this is the route for you.

4. Monsal Trail

Monsal Trail

Another Peak District walk, this trail is both accessible and good exercise. There are nearly nine miles of trail as you walk along what used to be a railway line, but is now a great place for you and your dog to walk. Perfect for games of fetch and strolling, this route offers all of the best things about dog walks.

5. Hayfield to Kinder Scout

Hayfield to Kinder Scout

If you and your dog are very energetic creatures there is little better than this intense walk. Great for hikers and their dogs, there are a number of great trails that you and your dog can walk. Be sure to go prepared for a truly excellent and picturesque hike. When you and your furry friend are thoroughly exhausted there is a lovely little dog friendly pub at the end of your route.

Thank you for reading another week of 5 great places to walk your dog! Next week we will be looking at the county of Cumbria. Be sure to check back next Friday!

5 Places to Walk Your Dog: Kent

Here we are with another week of 5 places to walk your dog. This week, we’re looking at Kent and the wonderful places you can take your furry friend. As we work our way across the country, feel free to suggest the counties you would like to see appear sooner in the comments. Here we go with our list of five places…

1. Mote Park

Mote Park

Mote Park is Maidstone’s largest public park, and consist of 450 acres of land with a 30 acre lake. This location is great for walking the dog, but also for taking your family out while you do so. There are masses of land for you to walk through with your dog, but there is also a large play area, a small gold course, and a model boating lake that your family can enjoy. During the summer months, there is a miniature railway that runs through it, definitely something to consider on a fun day out. Should you require refreshment after your dog walk, there are some quaint little cafes that you can stop at on your way home. Definitely a great place to walk and enjoy yourself!

2. King’s Wood

King’s Wood

This is a beautiful and unique place to walk. Even looking at the pictures of this magnificent forested area you get a sense of grandeur and age. King’s Wood has a variety of different tracks that you can follow – from hard stone paths to small woodland trails – and there is a path for every kind of walker. While it is evident there have been some complaints about the lack of signage across the wood, it really adds to the sense of peaceful solitude and many argue that it adds a certain something, just try not to get lost.

3. Shorne Woods County Park

Shorne Woods County Park

As always, I find it important to include sites that are especially friendly to those who have difficulty walking or are in a wheelchair. Shorne Woods County Park is especially friendly to walkers such as this, with both disabled access and disabled toilets en route. There are 300 acres of land for you to explore with your dog, and if your dog doesn’t enjoy this vast landscape I don’t know what it will. Woodland and rivers have to be some of the best combinations for dogs, and that’s exactly what this park offers you. At the end of your adventurous walk, there’s a lovely little cafe and a restaurant that you can visit afterwards.

4. Jeskyn’s Country Park

Jeskyn’s Country Park

Once again, another great place for walking and exploring. Dogs are very welcome here, and as long as you abide by the rules for certain areas (by keeping your dog on a lead in them) there will be no issues. On top of that, there’s a Jeskyn’s Country Park dog club where you receive a free goody bag on registration, which is a great way to help make dog walkers and visitors aware of the park rules and also aids in educating people when it comes to cleaning up after your dog. This forest is a wonderful place for walking and exploring and is highly recommended, and when you don’t feel like walking through the forest there is a vast field that dog walkers are very much welcome to use – especially for game of fetch!

5. Cobtree Manor Park

Cobtree Manor Park

Featuring a mature woodland, this park makes for beautiful and relaxing walks with your furry friend. Dogs are very welcome here, and for those of you that enjoy plant life, this park has some of the finest and most extraordinary around, it even has it’s own elephant house. The fields that surround the area and the small lakes should be great fun for excited dogs. There is playground equipment available for the younger family members, as well as a cafe for when you start to feel a little hungry or thirsty. Currently, the park is working it’s way towards becoming more accessible, and so those of you who have difficulty getting around may also be interested in visiting this stunning parkland.

So concludes this week’s installment of the 5 great places to walk your dog. When it comes to playing with your dogs in these great places, we highly recommend the Beco Ball on a Rope for long and exciting games of fetch with your dog. Hopefully, you have found an exciting new place to walk either within the area you live or out of it (for those extra long adventures). Next week, we will be looking at the places to walk in Devon, so remember to check back on Friday!