Much to the dog's delight we managed a walk of about an hour and a half, mainly on country lanes and footpaths this morning, without setting foot in the car. Best of all, our starting point was near to Leyland Road, only a mile or so from the centre of Preston.
We headed off on one of regular routes down Bee Lane. It's a lovely stroll, past the stables and over the cross roads, leading to a private lane and ending with a gate and stile, where the footpath leads over open fields.
After manoeuvring the dog over the stile, and keeping a watchful eye on nearby grazing cattle, we followed the path over the Penwortham Way bypass and through more open fields to a farm track which led us to Green Lane. Judging by the dog's excitement, I think the muck spreader had passed by recently but fortunately the dry weather of the past few days gave little opportunity for him to make the most of it!
Our route was completed with a circuit of Newgate Lane, Chain House Lane and Pope Lane before retracing our steps to home. Not before though the dog had launched himself into the biggest muddy puddle in sight, so ruining (for me anyway) an otherwise nice clean walk!
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Doggy rating 6/10