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Welcome to Rosco's Ramblings!  This is where we feature some enjoyable dog walks throughout the country.  We are starting with some that flatcoat Rosco has loved but we would really like to hear about your favourite walks - with/without a picture of your four legged companion. Email them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Shropshire (OS map 137)

We parked the car in Little Stretton, up a little road that leads to a camp site.  We then followed the left hand path up to Cross Dyke (fabulous views back over the village and beyond) and continued up to the road that runs along the top of the Long Mynd.  A very short walk along the road to the right and then off on a path to the left until you come to a footpath crossroads.  On a good day (and to be honest, it would be a waste of time and effort if it's not a good day!) you can see for miles in every direction.  Having stopped to admire the view, turn right and you shortly come back to the road.  A few yards to the left and you will see a path to your right that takes you back down to the village past something called Boiling Well - but we didn't see any sign of it!  It's a pretty path down beside the stream with lots of places just to stop and snack.  One word of warning about this path: it is littered with sheep so either you need to have a trustworthy dog or it should be on a lead.  As your reward for quite a lengthy walk, we recommend a meal in the Green Dragon.  Fabulous food for two leggeds and a large quantity of biscuits for those with four!

Suffolk (OS map 156)

If you park in the Dunwich village car park (donations to charity) you have a choice of walks north and south. These are walks that Rosco and I often do - and I meet a lot of my clients here! Firstly, head north along the beach towards Walberswick (you can see the Southwold lighthouse flashing in the distance). About half way between the two villages, take the path that leads inland, away from the sea. Just a little further on, you will come to another path to the left (if you get to the disused wind pump, you've missed it). There is a short section where you are asked to keep dogs on a lead due to ponies grazing on the marsh, but then you have a long, easy track to walk down the side of Dunwich forest which will take you all the way to the road. Turn left here and walk back to the car park through the village (church, museum and dog-friendly Ship pub all worth a halt!). For the second walk you need to head south from the car park along the beach. When the cliffs end, head right past the sign welcoming you to the National Trust. If you fancy a coffee, there is a cafe just the other side of the car park; if not head straight over through the marshes with Minsmere bird reserve on your left and the car park on your right. Follow this path all the way round and it will eventually bring you out on the road to the Trust car park. Cross over here, go through a small wood and you will join the driveway of a few houses to the road. Turn right and instead of staying on the road, take the footpath that doubles as a driveway to some houses. When you get to the cliff edge, turn left along the path and follow it, keeping the ruins of Greyfriars on your left. It will bring you on the road just above the car park where you started.

Cumbria (Lake District)

Pat has written to tell us about her favourite walk with her dog Lima (pictured below) from Helm Crag to Grasmere:

This clockwise circular walk starts on Easedale Road just opposite Sam Read’s bookshop. After 900m or so we pass through an iron gate and into fields either side and passing a pleasant house before going right and starting the ascent to the summit. This is a stony track through trees leading to a walled path and out onto the open fell side. The path, which has some steep sections, traverses left above Jackdaw Crag and left again around White Crag and ultimately making the steep ascent to Helm Crag and the first rock pinnacle of the summit. This pinnacle is the Lion & Lamb formation as can been seen from Grasmere and Dunmail Raise. The views from the summit are spectacular with the Helvellyn range to the north round to Grasmere and on to Lake Windermere in the south. Leaving the Crag summit we drop down past Bracken Hause then right to make a steep descent down the fell side to a wooden bridge crossing Greenburn Beck. We cross the bridge and bear right again above a walled garden and go through the gate on the left to a lane leading to Low Mill Bridge. After crossing the bridge we take the marked footpath to the main road and the welcome sight of the Travellers Rest Inn directly opposite. Following the taking of food and libation we follow the footpath alongside the main road back to Grasmere. Altogether a very satisfying walk!

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Gloucestershire

Caroline and Rob write to tell us about a recent walk with their black Lab Teasel (pictured below):

Go north of Frampton on Severn to the Old Passage Inn and park nearby (don't use their car park unless you plan to use the pub).  In their car park there is a noticeboard with three circular walks marked.  You can start by walking left or right along the Severn Way.  We went there last week in a howling gale and pouring rain so we just walked along the Severn until we were completely soaked and then turned round and went back to the pub!  But Teasel, our three year old Labrador thoroughly enjoyed it - wide expanses of grass on either side of the path to run around on - and he didn't go in the Severn!

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Somerset

Dave and Pam - and border terrier Lucky pictured below - want to share their favourite walk:

Starting point is Saltford, near Keynsham (Bristol/Bath area).  Start from Bird in Hand car park and take steps up to the cycle path.  Turn right on the cycle path, then shortly take the path off to the left down the embankment and on to the river bank.  Walk through the fields, following a clear path with kissing gates.  Opposite the sailing club, the path bends inland and goes past a row of old cottages which used to be a brass mill.  Follow this and then take the lane up to the right.  Where the lane bends round to the right, take the path straight on and follow this - you go past a cheese farm and then round to the right - just follow the stiles and kissing gates.  Eventually you will get back to the cycle path, turn right and this will take you back to the Bird in Hand.  Lovely views in all directions.

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Herefordshire  (OS Map 137)

Rosco and I found ourselves in Herefordshire, a part of England that I don't know at all.  We stayed at the Riverside Inn in Aymestrey - a pub I cannot recommend more highly.  Mine hosts Richard and Liz are very friendly (Rosco's welcome was as warm as mine!); they provide delicious food and first class accommodation.  There are walks from the pub's front door either into the woods behind or in front.  We followed a six mile path to the east, climbing up on to a ridge and then through fields and woods.  Unfortunately we could not do the whole circular route as we came across horses and cows, and also stiles which Rosco could not get over.  But we still enjoyed a fabulous walk and will definitely return for a longer stay later this year. Why were we so far from home?  Well, the answer lies below!  I went to see a litter of flatcoat puppies in the next village and fell in love with this cute chap who will be joining the team at the end of the month.

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