5 of our favourite walks for International Dog Day
1 year ago
International Dog Day takes place every year on 26th August.
It is a day to celebrate our four legged friends and also think about dogs in need.
We’re big dog fans here at the The Guide Liverpool and here are five of our favourite walks in the area and some essential dogs walking tips.
Jump off the Southport train at Hall Road, a couple of stops before the busier beaches of Formby and Freshfield and get onto the Hightown Loop.
This 6.2 mile route is a mixture of paths, minor roads, bridleways and the coast.
The Hightown Loop does have some uneven surfaces so can be a little challenging, but you will see gorgeous countryside and coast along the way.
If you and your dog prefer a shorter walk, stay on the train to Hightown station and make the short walk to the Sefton coastal path and the beach for sweeping views of Formby and Lancashire to the north, and the Welsh hills to the south.
On the way back, stop off and sample the bustling beer garden at the Hightown pub before getting back on the train. Your pooch can enjoy a rest and a drink of water while you sample something from the brilliant food menu.
Take the train to Freshfield but rather than heading up Victoria Road, follow Fisherman’s Path which you can reach beside the car park on the ticket office side.
Taking care at the level crossing, cut across the golf course and make your way into the woods. Just make sure your dog stays on the lead while on the crossing and the path across the fairways, and pay attention to incoming golf balls.
Once across the golf course there are various trails you can follow that lead to the sand dunes and beach. Coming this way, you will avoid the hoards of people on the busier routes, and your dog can enjoy the shade of the famous pine trees.
Grab a coffee and snacks first at Kiosk Coffee beside the station, or enjoy some chips from the Good Catch on your way home. Better still, sup a cold drink at the dog friendly Beer Station pub to reward yourself for a good walk.
Steeped in history, and providing some of the best views in the area, you and your dog will love a walk through Parkgate and Gayton.
Park at the Old Baths car park and follow the old sea wall and enjoy spotting wildlife in the estuary and the views of north Wales beyond.
The walk will then take you inland along quiet country tracks and lanes, before returning to Parkgate Parade where you can stop for an ice cream or enjoy some food and a drink at The Boathouse, which is dog friendly in the bar area and outside.
This park is one of the best places to enjoy a wander with your dog in Liverpool this weekend, or any time. We love Calderstones Park.
This historic 94-acre open space, which boasts ancient megaliths and the 1000 year-old Allerton Oak, is perfect to spend a couple of hours with your pooch, however energetic or otherwise you are both feeling.
Just make sure you keep them on the lead when you pass by the lake with its ducks and geese!
After your walk, stop off for lunch or a snack at The Reader café in the Mansionhouse, with outdoor seating that is perfect for you and your dog. Or make the short walk to the Three Piggies in Allerton Road which is dog friendly friendly and serves coffee and cakes as well as a full pub menu.
Head out to the former Sutton Manor coalfields, St Helens, for great dog walking areas, paved with gravel paths and woodlands.
You can see the impressive Dream sculpture while your pooch gallops around the open spaces in 230 acres of park and woodland.
Enjoy the views towards Fiddlers Ferry power station in one direction and across to Lancashire in another. On a clear day you can see as far as the Welsh hills.
You can enjoy a 45 minute-one hour route around Sutton Manor or take a shorter route if you prefer. And at just a mile and a half from junction seven of the M62, the area is easily reached by car.
Pack a picnic and some water for your dog and there is no café on site.
Top tips to enjoy your dog walk
Always remember water for your dog. You can buy collapsible bowls or adaptable bottles which are easy to carry and will ensure your pooch is well hydrated.
Don’t walk if it’s too hot. Touch the pavement before you head out. If it is hot to touch then don’t take your dog out or you could injure their paws. If you suspect your dog is dehydrated get them to a vet straight away.
Don’t forget your dog poo bags and make sure you put them in a bin or take them away with you if there isn’t one. Hanging them off a tree is not acceptable.
Take some dog treats out with you if you are going for a long walk. Your dog might get hungry too and if the worst happens and they get lost in a new place, the smell of the treats will help attract them back to you.
Make sure they have a collar with a tag on it displaying the number of the phone you have with you. They are cheap and easy to buy, and could save you a lot of heartache if your dog gets lost and someone finds them.