We’re walking and we’re talking……. National Walk your Dog Week October 1-7
How many times do you do it a day?
The experts recommend twice for 30 minutes at least.
We’re talking dog walking folks, so calm down! The sad truth is that some people don’t walk their dogs at all, and think that letting them out of the back door is good enough. With 35% of dogs being overweight, (let alone their owners), there is even more reason to get out there and get walking.
With eight healthy hounds between them, Alison, Ed and Richard at Ruff and Tumble have walked hundreds of miles with their dogs, and they thought that you may like to know where they stride out and switch off.
Alison has so many walks she loves in her home county of Norfolk, that it was hard to choose one. Brancaster Beach is a favourite because it is wide and long, and the tide goes out for miles. You can park by the beach, though there is a charge, but you’ll be lucky to find a parking place in the summer. At this time, you’ll only bump into Alison if you’re walking before 6am or after 8pm, when everyone has gone home! She also recommends the walk along the Choseley Road near Brancaster, where you can park your car in a layby, follow the track to the beach, walk through the trees and over the boardwalk, splodge through the marshes and return to the village, stopping off at the dog friendly Ship for a drink! She takes some bikkies for herself and the dogs, a thermos with tea and one with water for the dogs, and a collapsable bowl. Despite her busy lifestyle as owner of Ruff and Tumble, she always finds time to walk the doggies twice a day for at least 30 minutes, and says she wouldn’t miss it as it’s such a great opportunity to relax and think about new product ideas for Ruff and Tumble.
Ed’s Evening Stroll
Ed loves Norfolk too, but his fave spot is at Wells. With Red being rather fond of her frisbee, there is lots of space on the beach to throw it without worrying about hitting anyone. What both Red and Yoshi particularly love is snuffling about in the woods behind the beach, which are beautiful on a bright and sunny day in Autumn with the green pines against a cloudless blue sky. Norfolk is Ruff and Tumble’s happy place, and at the end of an hour’s, (Ed’s recommendation) walk, Well’s Beach Cafe is Ed’s happy place, especially if he has a giant piece of Victoria sponge in his hand…
Richard loves walking more than anyone, and can regularly be found at Burghley House, near Stamford, which has glorious deer filled parks which are free to roam in from dawn till dusk. He takes Coco, Rocky and Hooch there most days, and recommends a walk ‘no less than half an hour’.
There is a fantastic Sculpture Garden, and a water experience called ‘The Garden of Surprise’, but sadly dogs aren’t allowed in these. Take a picnic with you too, as although there’s a lovely restaurant called The Orangery, dogs aren’t allowed here either. Don’t let this put you off though as it is a beautiful place and the house is stunning. If you go, do not forget to pack your Ruff and Tumble Coat though, as Richard’s dogs always jump in the lake by Lion Bridge and roll in the deer and sheep poo, so a Coat is an essential on the way home!
KIT4DOGS Kick start to the weekend
Kit4dogs favourite weekend spot with Max, Pepper, Barney and Onion is the gorgeous stepping stones at Dovedale in the Peak District National Park.The dogs love to swim in the river and the current is not too fast flowing for even puppy Onion to have a splash at the shallow waters edge.
Close to the Tissington Trail which its a great safe place to do plenty of off lead walking and also take a bike to put some real miles in with the dogs. A great stop off pub is the Old Dog at Thorpe with a great menu. The dogs are very welcome in the pub and always supplied with their own bowl of water - a perfect place to wear their coats to dry off after a long swim and walk.