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Doggy Day Care Diaries: deer and falling trees

Hey Guys, it’s Grizzle again reporting back on our day care adventures and today was a lot of fun.

We set off first thing to pick up my pals, it was raining and usually this means I stay holed up in bed as I really do hate getting wet! But mom said I had work to do so after sighing a bit I put my gear on and off we went. Our first stop was Woburn Sands because I was kicking up a fuss in the van because it was poo’oclock (when will she learn!). After doing our business and peeing on every leaf in sight we kept driving to Aspley Guise because apparently it’s easier to park here, I don’t know anything about this technical stuff but it’s what I hear….

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Dog Walking in Aspley Guise

We usually start our walk near the church (MK17 8HN is the post code of the church if you’re interested in doing the same walk as us) because there are nice little spots to park, and if you keep on that side of the road you can just follow the public footpath which has been nicely marked out for you. We love walking here as not many people know about it so it’s usually just us. I had to stay on my lead for some of the walk because I spotted myself a deer early on and felt that the world wasn’t safe until I caught him. Lucky for mom – but unlucky for me – she read my mind and quickly secured me. What a shame, I came SO close to getting across to that cheeky deer, can you see how it just stares back at us?

deer in aspley guise

Anyways, after that we was hyped up: there was lots of rabbit poo to eat and smells galore as it had been raining. And that’s not all! We also watched some trees being cut down, massive massive branches were being thrown in the road and we had to stand still for absolutely ages waiting for them to let us cross. Sometimes I don’t think people remember we are dogs and have exploring to do.

Doggy Day Care Woburn Sands & Group Dog Walks in Brogborough

We were pretty wet by this point so mom packed us back in the van and brought just me and my pal Freddy to Boycie’s house. Apparently he was a bit scared to go out last week but he didn’t seem shy today. In fact, I couldn’t get him away from me, he kept following me around and smelling my bottom – I hadn’t eaten any tripe or raw egg today either so it couldn’t have been that :/

He showed us his favourite local walk in Brogborough and this place is even BETTER than Aspley Guise and the woods over there. Brogborough is only tiny with 150 houses and the area feels really remote. We took a left behind the Community Hall and just followed the path; you can go a few different ways actually but we just followed little Boycie because he seemed to know where he was going. There are just endless fields to walk through and explore, along with an old ruin right in the middle of them. There are little signs with arrows but I think it would be easy to get lost here, we walked for about 40 minutes before turning around and sure enough it took us ages to get home as we didn’t really know where we were going. Mom said we’re going back there later in the week as it was hard to take good pictures because it was raining so much.

We then all took a really long nap together on the couch because we were tired, cold and wet. And now it’s late, I can’t really remember what happened after that, oh Henry came over to see if he’d like to stay in our house next week and I didn’t stop licking his mouth and jumping up at his owner – yup I know how to be annoying!

That’s it for today, till next time …

 

Dog Friendly Walks in Milton Keynes: Old Stratford & The River Ouse

Today we picked up our exploration of The River Ouse from Old Stratford. As you can see from the pictures this is a really dog friendly walk. You’ve got the river on one side (great for cooling your dogs off in these hot months) and fields on the other. With a well maintained path, and no roads nearby, walking here with your dog is just a joy.

river ouse in stony stratford

We did a wide loop from Old Stratford and followed the river right the way around till we reached the old Mill. At this point it was dog on the lead as we crossed the fields which are full of cattle at the moment. As you first cross the fields there is no path and in wetter months you would definitely want wellies or waterproof walking shoes as it gets pretty swampy; however, on a hot May day my little shoes stood up to the job.

If you veer towards the left (away from the river) you will come across a little path again – it’s straight as you like and leads you to the canal. If you take a right you will meet up with the Grand Union canal (at the t-junction left takes you to Cosgrove and right to Wolverton). We usually go left and walk along the disused canal; there are wide dips where the water used to be and with plenty of wildlife dotting about your dog will be kept entertained throughout. A word of warning: sometimes there are sheep in the fields and you may not see them until it’s too late. Because of this I usually keep Grizzle on lead for the final stretch of the walk, but that’s really not an issue in my opinion – by the time you get to this point you will have been walking for a good hour and twenty minutes, your dog will no doubt have swam plenty and be ready for a gentle stroll next to you.

Near the end of the walk you will need to put your dog on a lead (if you haven’t before) because to join up to the starting point you will be close to a very busy road. You’ll hear cars well in advance though so if your dog is a plodder then just listen out and you’ll be fine.

In total the walk took 1 hour and 30 minutes. We walked a slow pace which allowed for plenty of swimming and chewing sticks.

dog friendly walks stony stratford

Doggy Day Care Diaries: dead swans in Waterhall Park

Hi Guys, it’s Grizzle here. I thought you may like to follow what us doggies get up to when in day care so I asked mum if I could have my own section on the blog and she said yes 🙂

Walkies in Manor Fields, Waterhall Park and Caldecotte Lake

After picking up my doggy pals we headed off to Manor Fields which leads on to Waterhall Park (MK2 3FJ). You can park at either end although mum usually picks a spot by the Orchard as there’s loads of room, plenty of poo bins and you can mix up the walk by starting either at Manor Fields or by going down the canal.

As you can see from the pictures, we had an amazing time. If you go first thing in the morning there are not many people or other dogs; to be honest I found this a bit annoying but we still had fun attacking nasty sticks that poke out of the water, it’s like they are there to tease us!

manor fields, mk

We also bumped into a man from Tiggywinkles who was carrying a big white bird in a blanket. Mum looked sad after I heard the nice lady at the farm tell her that a dog attacked the bird – well it was a swan actually – in the night and killed it. The man carrying the swan looked upset and told everyone to keep their dogs on a lead when passing by the nest. I wasn’t surprised as mum always does this – she knows I’m a naughty boy who likes to chase anything that moves!

Oh well, after that we met a couple of ladies who had some poofy poodles who didn’t really want to play and kept turning their bottoms away stopping us boys from having a good old sniff. I think this is because they were a little nervous of us because we sometimes bark and jump about a lot. Mum told us to be good and distracted us away with a treat.

snoozing doggy

We then went home for nap time as our legs were tired. I’m used to the noise of canal boats and stuff but the other doggies still find it weird so I have my work cut out to teach them not to be worried about what they hear. Everyone is really friendly so I think they’ll be fine in a few days.

After we recharged our batteries mum took us all out to Caldecotte Lake (MK7) where we met LOADS of joggers, cyclists and best of all: BUNNY RABBITS. Sometimes it’s hard not to chase them, especially when the little small baby ones stand there looking all cute and yummy but mum is boring and never lets us.

One day when she’s not looking we may get a chance … maybe … In the meantime, I guess we’ll have to behave.

 

Well that’s it for today. Follow our blog to keep up to date with all of our fun doggy day care adventures.

See you next time! 🙂

 

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Dog Friendly Walks in Milton Keynes: The River Ouse & Cosgrove

This is another one of my favourite dog walks in Milton Keynes because not only is the ever-changing landscape gorgeous, it is also another safe one if you have dogs who are slightly unreliable off lead – as my little Grizzle is.

I usually park near The Galleon in Wolverton and wander along the canal till I reach the slightly wonky stairs to enter Ouse Valley. I go this route because I love to browse all the ‘bric a brac’ in G Dads Collectables after my walk. When I was last there I picked up a gorgeous little antique desk for my new office and sampled a rather large slice of their home made carrot cake – it was lush! I highly recommend popping in next time you’re down that way, you won’t be disappointed.

However, if you’re watching your waistline and have no desire to shop then there is actually a fair bit more parking space in the area at Ouse Valley Park (it is on your left as you travel from Old Wolverton towards Haversham); it’s free too, bonus!

The circular walk is flanked by River Ouse on one side and the Gravel Pits on the other. As you follow the path around you will not only find plenty of areas to stop for a drink and bite to eat but also get a chance to nosy at some of the adorable little plots within the Cosgrove caravan site.

stone pit gravels

Time Your Walk:

Circular walk, option one; Car park > Manor Farm > Iron Trunk Aqueduct = 1.3 miles, 45 minutes

Circular walk, option two; Iron Trunk Aqueduct > River Ouse > car park = 1.3 miles, 35 minutes

Total circular walk = 2.6 miles, approximately 1 hour 10 min

Cosgrove extended walk option; Iron Trunk Aqueduct > Cosgrove > Iron Trunk Aqueduct = 1.5 miles, 40 minutes.

Total circular walk PLUS Cosgrove extension = 4.1 miles, approximately 2 hours

With or without livestock in the fields this is truly an amazing place to go for a wander with your dog. The views are simply stunning, and although the River Ouse floods from time to time so long as you come prepared with wellies and the understanding that you may get wet, you will have a fabulous time. I’ll be back next weekend!

wolverton walks

Walk Time Credits: The Parks Trust

Dog Friendly Walks in Milton Keynes: Stanton Low Park

If you’re after the most dog friendly walks in Milton Keynes you’ve come to the right place! We are spoiled for choice here and there are lots of gorgeous spots to choose from all across the city; however, in my blog I’ll highlight some of my personal favorites. The spotlight today is on Stanton Low Park in North Milton Keynes.

map stanton lowThe park takes about an hour to walk around and is fairly remote in terms of dogs and people – when you compare it to other parks or lakes in Milton Keynes. There are lots of fully enclosed fields which are, at the moment, empty (and it would appear used by numerous dog owners for teaching recall and letting fido play off lead safely); however, I should highlight that the fully enclosed fields will often have animals grazing within them and dog walkers using the fields may be moved off the site with no advance warning. If you would like to read more about The Parks Trust ‘code of conduct’ for responsible dog walking then you can visit here for more info.

As you meander down the quiet lane you’ll pass by the gorgeous ruin of St Peters Church which leads nicely on to the lake which is often frequented by relaxed weekenders sailing their boats. Along the way you will find plenty of spots for your dog to cool off and get a drink, with benches for you to enjoy a sandwich and a warm cup of tea.

dog in mk park

Stanton Low Park is pretty wide and open, which means even if there are other walkers with dogs out you are able to see them miles off and either say hello or avoid. With no roads, cars or dense foliage with hiding rabbits and squirrels within, even the most prey driven dogs are safe here.

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Dog Friendly Pubs Milton Keynes

Find out where you and your best friend are welcome in our guide to Dog Friendly Pubs in Milton Keynes!

I don’t know about you but I love to visit a local pub when out and about with Grizzle. There’s nothing better than meandering around parks, lakes or just having a walk down the canal and stopping off for a bite to eat and a drink (or three). At this point I should say ‘while my dog rests quietly under the table’ but the truth of it is Grizzle causes quite a stir when we go out so now we always bring a raw bone with us to keep him occupied while we chill.

There’s actually quite a few lovely dog friendly pubs in Milton Keynes so you are spoiled for choice. In my list below you’ll find a wide range of styles, some quirky and old (my favourite) others more modern, and everything in between! I do love my nosh so I steer towards places that serve up a good helping of it, but if you just fancy a drink then happy days you have LOTS of options!

I’ve been to most of these places without my camera and pen/paper, but that’s about to change. In future blogs I’ll be writing an individual review of each pub in my list below – these posts will include lots of pictures and greedy foody descriptions where applicable, yum! Oh and not forgetting Grizzle’s opinion as to just how dog friendly they really were.

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Let me know in the comments section if I’ve missed any good ones and what your own findings were.

  • The New Inn – Dogs are allowed inside where you can also enjoy pub grub, all day breakfasts and some interesting alternative menu items and specials.
  • The Galleon – Dogs seem to be okay inside or outside so long as on a lead. Decent honest pub grub. Big beer garden, really friendly staff who seem to like dogs.
  • The Shoulder of Mutton – Dogs permitted in the bar, where you can also order food. Beer good.
  • The Barge – Dogs are welcome in the bar area where water bowls are available. Full food menu can be eaten in the bar area.
  • Nags Head – Fabulous old building with dog friendly public bar next to the park and near the canal. Good ales and excellent food for humans. Treats given to the dogs!
  • The Barley Mow – More dogs than humans both times visited Easter 2015. Dogs allowed inside in all areas. Good selection of beer, Everards, and decent lagers.
  • The Navigation Inn – Ex-Gordon Ramsey Chef Owner with traditional but adventurous bar menu and adjacent fine dining restaurant. Overlooks the canal, great for walks.
  • The Dolphin – Dogs allowed in bar area. Pub serves meals, Sunday lunch and coffee and cake.
  • The Cannon – This pub does not do food but serves a good variety of Real Ales which are very well kept, it is a true pub in the old tradition, it welcomes dogs.
  • The Swan Inn – Dogs allowed in bar area.
  • The Inn on the Lake – Modern Restaurant/pub beside a lake in Milton Keynes. Dogs allowed in the bar area only.
  • The Wavendon Arms – Dogs allowed in bar area
  • The Betsey Wynne – the perfect place to relax and chat with friends, with a wide range of real ales always on tap
  • The Fir Tree Inn – The right blend of season local food, cosiness and quality
  • The Prince George – Log burners, lush wines, real ales and delicious food. And super dog friendly
  • The Black Horse – and cosy pub situated on the canal in Great Linford, serving up cask ales, exquisite wines and decent pub grub
  • The Lowndes Arms – friendly family-owned restaurant, bar and ‘motel’ rooms, free wi-fi
  • The Swan Inn – carefully selected wines, real ales and good food at proper pub prices

A couple additions were suggested by a reader which I have now listed below – enjoy!

  • The Victoria, Bradwell, MK13 9AQ – No food here (yet), but doggy treats always available and great for real ale
  • The North Western, Wolverton, MK12 5LJ – Owned by Boris who also owns the New Inn. Good food and Dogs allowed bar side
  • Halley’s Comet, Bradville, MK13 7AW – Value for money food, family & dog friendly during the day

Credits: The Swan Inn, Doggie Pubs & Seamus!