Keep safe!

Keep safe!
You are responsible for your own safety and that of your dog. The walks listed in this blog are not detailed guides. Plan your route! Click the landrover image for safety advice from Bowland Pennine MRT.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Langale to Scafell Pike (Cumbria)

There's nothing like a good challenge and with that in mind we set off on Monday to scale England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, from Langdale. Despite over 30 years of walking in the lakes, the ascent from Langdale is one that has evaded me, mainly because I've thought there were easier ways to reach such dizzy heights!

We set off from the Old Dungeon Gill car park soon after 10.00am and after what seemed like a never ending climb up beside Rossett Gill, reached the tranquil waters of Angle Tarn at about 12.00. Of course a quick paddle was in order before setting off again up to Esk Hause and then in to the clouds and a boulder strewn and rough ascent to the summit. Small dogs would find this route very tough!

After a few minutes of being the highest dog and dog owner in England we descended the way we had come, returning once again to the banks of Angle Tarn. This time, the dog enjoyed an extended paddle and swim before we once again set off for the final descent.

A few minutes in to the final stretch of our hike it was clear the dog was struggling and a brief inspection revealed a cut to his pad, probably gained during his watery playtime. Fortunately, the first aid kit was to hand and after some improvised bandaging we slowly (and probably uncomfortably for him) made our way back to the car, arriving back soon after six. It's the first time I've ever used my first aid kit on the fells and I confess that it hadn't really occurred to me that I'd be using it on the dog. There's a lesson in there somewhere for more adventurous owners!

All in all a good days walking, despite the injury. Definitely not a walk I'd put in a "dog walks" category though and consequently I'll not give it a score. Think of it as a mountain challenge and you'll not go far wrong.

Thanks to the new Lake District for Dogs website for giving us the idea. We planned our route and navigated through the clouds using route details from Walkingworld

In case you're wondering, the dog is fine. He'll be restricted to light grass walking for the next week or so though, so plenty of time for me to recover!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Get your dog chipped in South Ribble

The Lancashire Evening Post (13 August 2009) has run an article saying a microchipping clinic will be held in Leyland on Wednesday next week at the Civic Centre in West Paddock from 10am to 1pm.

"South Ribble residents can bring their pets to be chipped for a discounted price of £10 per dog. Microchipping involves a painless injection that takes just a few seconds and lasts up to 20 years."

Call 01772 625340 for more details

There has been quite a bit of coverage in the LEP about family pet dogs reported stolen or lost in the Preston and South Ribble area lately so look after your dog, even if it's in the garden, and think about getting it chipped if you've not already done so. Unfortunately, I've not seen any subsequent coverage which suggests that any of the owners have got their dogs back.