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.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ruffwear dog boots

Seems like an eternity since we were descending Scafell Pike and the poor dog cut his paw whilst paddling in angle tarn. I learnt a few things that day:

- don't throw things for the dog in to lakeland tarns without checking the shallows first
- human first aid kits come in handy for dogs
- you need high strength self adhesive tape to stand any chance of keeping a bandage on a dog
- dogs don't like walking on cut paws
- 4 miles is too far to carry a dog off a mountain
- I wished I'd had a set of dog boots in my rucksack for such events

I subsequently learnt that:

- cheap dog boots from places like Pets at Home are useless
- you can get quality dog boots with Vibram soles (cool)
- not only mad people buy dog boots (possibly), after some searching of the net I purchased a nice set of Vibram soled Ruffwear dog boots (and socks of course)which I can now take out with me on our longer walks and if I ever enter a riot situation (unlikely) I know that my dog's paws will be safe.

The video was taken over the course of about 5 minutes....didn't take long to get reasonably used to them....enjoy!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

An autumn stroll at Roddlesworth

Summer seems a long time ago now, even though last month we were enjoying sun, sea and sand in Cornwall. Autumn's a great time of year to be out and about with the dog though. The cooler weather is perfect for dog walks and and if you choose a woodland walk you can't fail to be impressed with the amazing autumn colours in the landscape.

Today saw us make a welcome return to Roddlesworth woods near Tockholes Village, where we were not dissapointed. Parking at our usual spot near the visitors centre we took the Woods and Water Trail and followed the woodland paths down to the reservoirs where we sat and watched the fly fisherman delicately casting their lines in search of seemingly elusive trout. The leaves haven't yet reached the peak of bronze and gold brilliance but are wel on the way. I expect that by next weekend they'll be stunning. In any event, the woods make a great backdrop to the views over the reservoirs.

lovely walk in the woods this morning. on Twitpic

The dog was on form today, obediently returning when we caught sight of the occasional mountain biker and horse riders who were also making the most of the morning. He was though seemingly frustrated that he had to make do with a walk along the shores rather than be allowed a swim and on a number of occasions chose to voice his annoyance by barking loudly. I suspect the fishermen were less than impressed.

As always, Roddlesworth was a great place to visit. Now summer is behind us I've no doubt it will once again become a regular weekend haunt.

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Doggy rating 9/10

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Worden Park, Shaw Brook and Altcar Lane

Regular visitors to the blog will know that Worden Park is one of our favourite places to walk the dog. Sometimes though it's good to have a bit more of a purposeful walk rather than an aimless wander across the fields and through the woods.

For some reason (possibly to clear my head of yesterday's crushing 4-0 defeat of Exeter City at Huddersfield) today was one of those days so, whilst we set off to Worden, we'd planned an extension to our normal circuit of the park. We set off from the main car park as normal, with the dog chasing his ball endlessly (as is also normal) and headed towards the pond before following Shaw Brook Road along the edge of the football pitches to the white gate at the far side of the park. We continued along Shaw Brook Road, which is little used by traffic, until reaching Leyland Lane. This part of the route was a little disappointing. Recent cutting of the hedges along the road revealed numerous fly tipping sites, so pointless!

The short walk along Leyland Lane gave chance to remind the dog of what "heel" means before we turned down Altcar Lane. Passing open farmland where crazing cattle stared disinterestedly as we passed, we eventually reached Altcar Farm where our path took us left over a stile, before skirting the edge of the farm, through a gate and out in to open farmland. Be warned that we lost our way slightly here as the footpath sign has been removed from the gate. Fortunately for us the helpful and friendly farmer, who had watched us searching up and down for some kind of sign, was happy to show us the way and informed us that whilst the Council had replaced the gate, they'd not yet replaced the sign.

The path led us past hundreds of grazing sheep who, unlike the cattle, were very aware of our presence, before we reached another stile and small bridge over Shaw Brook near Runshaw Hall Lane. The bridge took us back in to the park and we turned left along the riverside path, with the dog off lead once more, before reaching the formal gardens of Worden Hall.

Finally, we headed back towards the car, with dog increasingly aware of the likelihood of a shower in the park's wonderful dog wash. I've never understood how a dog that loves mud and water so much hates the thought of a cold shower!

Despite the rain this morning we had a lovely walk. A well recommended extension to a trip to Worden and great for clearing your head. Huddersfield Town? Who are they?

Doggy rating 7/10

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