Issue 85

Discovering Pet Friendly Britain – Best Dog Walks (Part 1)

Exploring with your dog can be a lot of fun. Finding the best places to visit and take in the sights, and scents, it can be a great way to get active and keep fit in the company of your four legged friend.

This month K9 Magazine is launching a new six-part series, sponsored by Direct Line Pet Insurance, as part of our Pet Friendly Britain campaign to help you find some of the best dog walks across the country.

This month we begin close to home with Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire.

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Set in more than 3,800 acres, Clumber Park is popular with dog owners for its breath taking views across its parkland, health and woods. The view across the lake at the heart of the estate is also not to be missed.

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Now owned by the National Trust and open to the public, Clumber's history dates back to the Domesday book when it was a monastic property in the Middle Ages, but later came into the hands of the Holles family, which gives the house its ties to the Dukes of Newcastle.

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Although the house was demolished in 1938, there are still links to its history in the park grounds. For example, you can see the Gothic-style chapel, soemtimes referred to as a 'Catherdral in miniature' the Trust says, and you can take a stroll in the Duke's footsteps taking in the sights of the historical 19th-century glasshouses, which incorporate a palm house, vineries and working apiary, before strolling around the peaceful Walled Kitchen Garden.

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Very dog friendly, Clumber Park lends itself well to a peaceful walk where you can take in some of the country's historical sights passing likeminded dog owners and cyclists on your journey.

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Dogs can roam under their owner's supervision throughout the park but the National Trust asks that your dog be on a lead while walking around the kitchen garden, grazing areas, pleasure ground and visitor facilities, where dogs can also take a refreshing drink of clean water, or sit with you outside the friendly cafe.

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How to find Clumber Park

Approximately 4 miles from Worksop, Clumber Park is located in Nottinghamshire. Find out more on the National Trust site.

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Direct Line Pet Insurance has recently released its new Walkies app in the Apple App Store. The GPS-enabled app has been created especially for dog owners, allowing them to record and share their favourite walking routes online and via social media channels. Owners can add any number of dogs to a ‘pack’, with the option to record each dog’s walks separately as well as group walks.

Once recorded, users can post maps of their walks to Facebook and Twitter, or share PDF reports of their ‘Top Walks’ via email and print. The app also features a list of Top Walks from across the UK, providing users with a near limitless bank of routes to choose from. Alongside the Walkies app, Direct Line is running the ‘Fit Fred’ campaign which follows the journey of Fred, an overweight Golden Retriever, as he embarks on his weight loss journey over the next six months –

Prit Powar, head of pet insurance at Direct Line said: “The Walkies app provides a simple and social way for owners to share their walks with friends and track their dogs’ fitness over time. At Direct Line, we are committed to helping owners keep their pets healthy and we believe the Walkies app will appeal to dog lovers across the country. Both the Walkies app and the Fit Fred campaign aim to promote a healthy lifestyle and to encourage dog owners to try new routes and share their progress with family and friends. We look forward to seeing how Fred progresses over the next six months.”

Next month we discover somewhere new, but please do get involved and share your favourite places to visit on by commenting below – we'd love to hear from you and where your dog loves to visit!



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