We discovered yesterday that our dog is afraid of lions, hardly unsurprising, but this walk on the edge of Blackpool gave an unexpected opportunity to find that out!
We parked up at the Devere Hotel, opposite Stanley Park, and walked a few yards back down the road before taking the path on the right which leads between the car park and Blackpool Zoo. The dog was able to be let off lead almost immediately and trotted of happily with his Springer Spaniel buddy before freezing in his tracks and sniffing the air with an uneasy look on his face. Puzzled by his behaviour, which wasn't mirrored by his carefree companion (who turned out to be more interested in a dog on heat coming round the corner) we took a look round and spotted the cause of his concern. High up on a rock to the left was a lion, proudly surveying his kingdom! Whether the dog actually spotted the lion is debatable, but the smell at least certainly spooked him.
Our walk continued on a well marked and occasionally muddy bridleway and footpath which skirted the edge of Herons Reach Golf Course towards Staining and back past Marton Mere. The route was busy with joggers and the occasional horse rider, and is clearly popular with dog walkers. The path was generally well sperated from the adjacent golf course and the dogs were off lead throughout. It took about an hour to complete the circuit. A good time was had by all.
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Doggy rating 7/10