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Poo Bags and the Environment  

 

When it comes to dogs, for many the most unpleasant part is the picking up of their ‘mess’. It’s not only a legal requirement for you to pick it up, but it’s also more pleasant for others walking in the area, whether they have canine companions or not. Of course, most poo bags are made from plastic and with the recent charge for plastic bags and campaigns to reduce our plastic use to help the environment, it can lead you to wonder if picking up the poo really is beneficial, especially to our planet.

 

Well, you don’t have to wonder much longer. Our favourite company for all things environmentally friendly, Beco, have the answer. Made from corn starch, the Beco poo bag only takes 90-120 days to decompose in a landfill, a shockingly lower number than the 20-1000 years it can take a plastic bag. The Beco poo bag is much tougher than the standard ones you’ll find on the shelf, which means goodbye to the dreaded times when your finger goes straight through the plastic as you go to pick up the poo. We’ve all been there, it’s horrible. Their added toughness makes them perfect for handling all sized poos, especially the bear-sized ones we find in our larger canine friends.

Beco Poo Bag Range

Like all Beco products, they are affordable too – starting at only £4 for 60 poo bags. Or, to save even more, you can buy 300 bags for £10, a great price for something so helpful to the environment. Even better, you can purchase a Beco poo bag holder in addition to the bags so that you have something to keep them safe. Of course, the Beco poo bag holder is also made out of natural materials – being bamboo and rice husk- and is biodegradable, with a lovely vanilla scent. Not only this, but they don’t use the regular, slightly irritating, fragile clips that are often used on bag holders, they instead use the clever bungee system which tightly clamps the bag holder onto a dog lead, prams, even your belt. Refilling the holder is also incredibly simple, just unwrap the bungee and the two halves of the holder will come apart, it couldn’t be easier. At only £6 it’s something you can’t miss.

 

Helping the environment has never been easier with Beco, so stop using those standard plastic poo bags and switch the Beco version for something that is thick, reliable, and biodegradable. In fact, we recommend switching to Beco for a lot of things, from pet bowls and even to their toys. We can all help make a difference, even our pets.

About Alabama Rot

I’m sure many of you have heard of Alabama Rot and it’s occurrence in the UK over recent years. While the number of cases have remained small, it is still a disease worth looking out for. Alabama Rot often leads to fatalities in dogs, so please take a moment to read this post which explains the disease and also gives advice on how to try and prevent it.

 

What is Alabama Rot?

Alabama Rot was first discovered in the USA in 1980, and primarily affected Greyhounds. However, especially after its arrival in the UK, it has been discovered that the disease can affect any and all breeds of dog, and so far the disease has been found to only exist in dogs with no other animals contracting it thus far (including humans). While the number of the cases in the UK are quite low (around 60 cases between 2012 and 2015) the fatality rate is 9/10 and so is not something to be taken lightly. While the last thing anyone should do is panic, it is important to be aware of the seriousness of the condition so that any suspicions that your dog may have contracted it are reported immediately. Currently, the cause of Alabama rot is unknown.

 

What are the signs of Alabama Rot?

There are several symptoms of the disease that present themselves in dogs. While some of these symptoms may also be related to different conditions it is advised that you stay on the safe side and get your dogs checked out at the vet.

  • Skin lesions (usually on lower leg and elbows. Also on the tongue and mouth)
  • The hair around lesions will fall off, potentially causing the dog to lick excessively
  • Kidney failure (vomiting, fatigue, lack of appetite)
  • Ulcers and sores

The average time between skin lesions and kidney failure is around three days so it is imperative you get your dog to the vet in this window. While it can be difficult to distinguish lesions from cuts and other wounds, it is advised that you take action even if you are only a little concerned. As the disease is rare, most vets will not know how to treat this illness and so it is worth either calling or getting referred to the Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists. They have extensive knowledge of the disease and have dealt with the majority of cases. They are also an amazing practice, our experience with them when Inky was sick (with an unrelated illness) was amazing.

 

How can you protect your pet?

While there is no vaccine for Alabama Rot and no known means of cause or prevention, there are a few things you can try and do to help to protect your dog from the disease. The main thing you can do as an owner is keep a close eye on your dog while walking to monitor anything they may pick up, chew, or eat on their walks. If they become ill, call a vet as soon as possible and provide clear and accurate details of the illness.

It is advised that you try to avoid walking your dog in forested areas if possible, as this is where the disease is often contracted, however there is no certain evidence that the disease is based on environmental factors. So far, cases have occurred as far apart as Cornwall and Yorkshire with a spike of cases appearing in the New Forest in 2013. Recently, Gloucestershire was also affected along with Northern Ireland.

The disease is currently thought to be picked up on muddy paws and legs so it is strongly advised that you give your dog a thorough wash after a mucky walk. This may help prevention of the disease.

While the disease can be contracted all year round, the vast majority of cases occurred between November and May. This suggests a possible association with winter and spring, but unfortunately we still have no certain evidence.

 

How can you keep updated?

The Alabama Rot website is excellent for updates on recent occurrences of the disease and also for giving advice on what to do if you are afraid your dog has contracted it. We highly recommend that you follow them and their reports so that you can stay updated on news about Alabama Rot in your area and any signs that a cause or vaccine may have been discovered.

Please also be sure to keep Anderson Moores Veterinary Surgery’s details to hand in case you should encounter the condition, as they are specialists and know how to best treat the condition.

There are many dogs who have survived Alabama Rot, if you are even a little afraid that your dog may be sick with it then please do not hesitate to get veterinary advice. Please note that we at Philomena London are not veterinary professionals, and while we do our best to gather reliable sources information may not always be 100% accurate.

4 Ways to a Healthier Pet

The holiday season has, sadly, come to an end. With the new year come resolutions and the inevitable diet and exercise regimes from indulging just a little bit too much. Of course, it often goes that pets have a little too much to eat as well over the Christmas period and so your exercise regime also becomes theirs. As a helper to you and your pet, we have compiled a little guide to help you and your pet get fit not just over the new year but in general.

  1. Walking

Every dog needs a walk at least once each day. Taking your pooch for an hour long trot is incredibly beneficial for both of you. Your dog gets to run and work off some of their energy, and you get a low level cardiovascular workout. Not only that, but you both get to socialise with other dogs and owners – which is great for your mental health and your dog’s. If you get bored of the same walking spot be sure to mix it up and find new and exciting places to explore. Beaches and woodland are great in terms of a change of scenery but also exercise (especially the beach, walking in sand is hard work!).

2.  Running

If walking is a little too slow paced for you, or perhaps you are looking for the next step then give running with your dog a try. There are so many places to run, from open fields to quite riversides. In fact, when it comes to riversides it can be an ideal place for you to take a rest and let your pooch have a swim  – swimming is incredibly good exercise for your dog. It’s excellent cardio for you, and it’s a lot of fun for you both.

Our three are fans of the running part...
Our three are fans of the running part…

3. Agility

Agility training is active and fun for both you and your dog. It presents a mental and physical challenge for your canine companion, and it’s one that many of them enjoy. There are quite a few agility centres across the country where you can train your pet and it makes an enjoyable activity. It’s great for that extra physical activity but also makes a brilliant bonding exercise between you and your dog as you improve on communication and teamwork.

4. Eating Healthy

It may seem like the most obvious one, but it is important to stress the important of a healthy diet – both for humans and animals. While you may be cutting out the junk in your diet, make sure you are doing the same for your pet. Are you prone to feeding our dog the slightly more than occasional treat? It might be worth giving the Natural Dog Food Company’s natural dog treats a try. Chicken flavoured and shaped like little hearts they make a good and healthy alternative to general doggie treats. You can find them here. Of course, however, be sure to give your dog treats in moderation!

Loved by dogs everywhere

 

We hope that 2016 has started wonderfully for you and that these little tips for you and your dog have been of help to you.

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.

Image from Google

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!

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: Herefordshire

Here we come again with more dog walks for you and your best friend to take. Hopefully you enjoyed your long weekend, and some equally long walks with it! This week we’re taking a trip to Herefordshire where we will present you all with another five excellent walking spots. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a great new place to walk!

1. Amwell Nature Reserve

Amwell Nature Reserve

If there is one thing I can say about this walk, it’s that it’s beautiful. Wide open spaces and a little bubbling stream make this picturesque walk almost to good to be true. Your dog is sure to love this adventure, and you are definitely going to enjoy the peaceful aura that accompanies this delightful route. With all these spaces to run an frolic, why not nip over to our website and grab a ball or two to keep your dog entertained?

2. May Hill

May Hill

A favourite with many walkers in the county, this large open grassland is perfect for the warm Spring days that we are both currently enjoying, and will continue to do so until Summer. Another relaxing walk, this route has something else to offer on top of it – spectacular views. You can see across the Severn Plain, and it is a truly wonderful sight. For those of you who appreciate excellent scenery while walking, this is certainly the route to take and you likely won’t be regretting it. Bring a ball for a few light games of fetch and take some time to enjoy yourself while your dog explores and has an equally great time.

3. Brockhampton Estate

Brockhampton Estate

Ancient woodland is the star of this walk, and the romantic setting is just the icing on the cake. Of course, the use of romantic here can be taken in both senses of the word, and it certainly fits both the emotion and the style. Situated by a quaint medieval cottage this historical walk is sure to be enjoyed by both you and your furry friend. Ruins and wooden sculptures are just the beginning of this wild adventure, and the sights are sure to fill you with awe. If you are the quiet type of walker, you may be lucky enough to see some of the wildlife in the area. Of course, with all your adventuring you’re sure to get hungry and thirsty before long – be sure to visit the cafe on site to refresh yourself (and your dog) before the journey home.

4. Bodenham

Bodenham

This circular route takes your around the lovely little town of Bodenham. The route is not too long, but long enough to have your dog feeling a bit worn out after. There is a road for part of the walk, so do be sure to put your dog on the lead for that part! The town itself is quite lovely, and the walk will lead you past and through many interesting sites, from churches to an Iron Age hill fort. The historian dog walker is sure to love this one, as is their dog.  With a beautiful lake, and a little nature reserve to walk through, if you’re looking for a walk that isn’t too strenuous with an element of lead walking then this is the one for you. It goes without saying that you should  be sure to check of the local pubs and inns on your travels across the town – you and your dog will surely be in need of a beverage!

5. Shobdon Circular Walk

Shobdon

This circular walk is quite long and is filled with all sorts of interesting things for your dog. The mixed tree woodland is a lovely sight, and one that you will both enjoy travelling through. With steep slopes to climb up, this walk is sure to be a good one for those of you who enjoy a slightly challenging walk. These walks are always great though, as they provide excellent exercise for you and your dog. This loop will lead you all over the place, from wood to field, to hill, and by the end of it you and your dog will be ready to snuggle up in one of our lovely dog beds for a well deserved rest – after a quick stop at the pub of course!

 

Thank you for a reading another week of walks, and we hope that you are able to find a great new place to walk. Next week we will be visiting Aberdeenshire, so be sure to check back in for more areas to look at and hopefully visit!

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: Shropshire

Another week, and another installment in our epic tour across the country, highlighting the five best places to walk your dog in each county. This week we’re moving up to Shropshire. Hopefully you’ll find some great places to walk your dog, and so without further ado here we have the top 5…

1. Ludlow Castle

Ludlow Castle

For the historic dog walker, this walk adds a little bit of history to your experience. The surfaces are generally very hard, and so I would recommend this for those of you that have difficulty walking. There are one or two steep hills but these are avoidable as there are other routes if need be. Situated by a beautiful river, your dog can run free and play in the surrounding area. Be sure to visit the cafe after for some refreshment!

2. Granville Country Park

Granville Country Park

This country park is perfect for those long, relaxing walks. Whether it’s summer or winter, you and your furry friend are sure to enjoy this walk. If you stick to the main path it’s very smooth and flat, which is good for any of you who have difficulty with mobility. If you feel like exploring there are several smaller, rockier paths that you can take instead which are great for exploration.

3. Vinnalls Loop

Vinnalls Loop

This walk is just great. Filled with hills and forest, it’s a place of exploration gone mad. As if that wasn’t enough to keep your dog happy there’s also water on route that your dog will no doubt dive straight into. This walk is big and bold, so you best be prepared for a good work out! There are some areas with livestock on the route, and in these areas you must put your dog on a lead, so don’t forget.

4. Blackpool Loop

Blackpool Loop

For the archaeologist within you, this route is a plethora of discoveries from ancient quarries to Iron Age hill forts – you’d be a fool not to check it out! Aside from that, this walk has wide open spaces and some wooded areas that your dog is sure to love running through. If your dog worries livestock, be sure to watch out for the areas containing them so you can put them on a lead though! Other than that, this walk is sure to be relaxing and enjoyable for you both.

5. Ironbridge

Ironbridge

If you find yourself looking for a lead walk that is pleasant and interesting, then perhaps you will consider this route. A key part of our history, Ironbridge is really quite spectacular, and dogs are welcome pretty much everywhere around it (and by that I mean the castles and other historical sites) as long as they are on the lead. Perhaps take some time to admire this historic town, and maybe visit a few of the local pubs and cafes for a nice lunch or dinner.

 

Thank you for reading another week of 5 Great Places to Walk Your Dog. Next week we will be looking at Hertfordshire, so watch this space! Until then, why not nip over to our website and maybe think about stocking up on dog walking supplies – don’t forget your poo bags!

5 Great Places to Walk Your Dog: West Midlands

Here we are with another Friday post on the great places to walk your dog. This week we are focusing on the West Midlands, and so for those of you that live in and around the area it’s finally your turn! I’m sure you will find some great places to explore this week, and you and your dog will have a great time.

1. Barr Beacon

Barr Beacon

Both a historical site and a nature reserve, this walk is great for the dog walkers that enjoy these two areas of interest. For those of you that enjoy stargazing this place is just perfect for that as well. After all, the walk is about both you and your dog enjoying themselves. The area is really quite beautiful and consists mainly of flat land with some hilly areas. In fact, I would say that this location would be a great place for you to use one of you Beco Balls for playing fetch with your dog. They’re bound to love it as well as get some great exercise.

2. Malvern Hills

Malvern Hills

With several different commons to walk across, this location is definitely one that you’ll have to come back to. Partly because you definitely cannot get across all of it in one walk, but also because it’s just really lovely and one visit really isn’t enough. You might just find this is your new regular walking spot! A word of warning, however. If your dog does not like livestock or tends to worry them, I would not suggest that you walk them here as there are sheep about that are used to keep the grass down and generally maintain the area.

3. Kingsbury Water Park

Kingsbury Water Park

Here, there are lots of open spaces for your dog to play in. A family friendly park, this area has a lot to offer. Of course, some restrictions to access for your dogs and rules with leads do apply in certain areas, like the children’s play area, but other than that this park is just brilliant for relaxing walks with your family. With places to eat in the area, you might want to try out some of the treats and coffee available either on the way there or perhaps after you’ve gone for your adventure.

4. Kinver Edge

Kinver Edge

Forests and hills always make for an interesting dog walk, and Kinver Edge is no exception. As you walk you may notice there are houses built into the rocks, which is quite interesting to look at and learn about. Your furry friend is sure to find this walk just great, especially considering the woodland area. When you get to the summit there is a glorious view that is quite difficult to beat. before you continue through wood and field. Be sure to go prepared for a long and energetic walk – I know your dog will be!

5. Clent Hills

Clent Hills

This place is nothing short of dog paradise. Pools, forest, mud, and open grassland are sure to be a utopia for your canine companion. The rustic paths will lead you through fields and woodland, all of which will offer exciting new sounds and smells to your dog, as well as an excellent adventure for you. Be sure to wear wellies in the winter and spring months as there is no guarantee you’ll get out of there mud-free! The dog friendly pubs nearby can offer you some warming food as a reward for your arduous walking, but it’s sure to be a great experience for you and your best friend.

 

Thank you for reading another week of the 5 great places to walk your dog! Next week we will be looking at Shropshire, and so as we move up north those of you in the area should look forward to some great places to walk this time next week! Stay tuned!