Top dog walkies in the west

The fourth annual Top Dog Walk competition has been launched in the November issue of Your Dog Magazine alongside a feature on the latest winning walk from Pastow to Harlyn Bay.

This annual competition is backed by the Kennel Club’s access advisor Stephen Jenkinson, an expert on where dog owners can go and what they can do in the countryside. Stephen has worked closely with the South West Coast Path to advise dog owners about walking the route with their dogs and helped produce this short film with his top tips.

To register your vote for the top dog walk in the west, simply send us a picture of your dog enjoying their favourite walk on the South West Coast Path. One lucky voter will receive a complimentary stay at one of Toad Hall Cottages dog friendly holiday cottages in the region.

Dog walkers account for around a quarter of all visits to the Coast Path and clock up on average 1,800 miles a year according to research. There are hundreds of Coast Path walks that are dog friendly all year-round, with recommended places to eat, drink and sleep that are particularly dog friendly, so it’s not going to be easy to choose just one. To help us decide, Stephen will pick his favourite from all pictures of dogs enjoying themselves on the Coast Path.

Stephen has a number of top tips to walking with your dog. He says;

“Walking with your dog is one of the pleasures of life. Leaving no trace of your visit will ensure we can all enjoy great walks with our dogs on this magnificent coastline for decades to come. This means keeping your dog on a short lead near horses and farm animals, and always picking up your dog's poo wherever you are.”

Please also never leave filled bags behind as they get all dogs a bad name; any public waste bin will do if you can't take it home. Enjoy your dog walking.”

Deadline for entries is 31st January.

Entries need to be sent by email to [email protected] putting ‘Top dog walk’ in the subject line. Pictures should be good quality, high resolution images. Please include the name of your dog, where the picture was taken and why it’s your pet’s favourite walk on the South West Coast Path.

Pictured above: The Kennel Club's access advisor Stephen Jenkinson with his dog Jess.

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Published on: Nov. 1, 2015