We are always getting asked where we go with our dogs and where we recommend for walkies so I’ve sat down with the pack and picked out our favourite spots! For anyone that hasn’t met me in store am Anya, am the boss lady at Hounds and I have five Dachshunds, Charlie, Woody, Cinnamon, Loki and Ubba.
so here are some of our favourite spots
Park Hall Country Park
We have recently moved but before that, we lived super close to park Hall Country Park and the gang love it there! park Hall is great because there are endless walks and all of them very different, there’s ponds for a swim, sand for a dig, hills to run up and woodland areas to explore. Am a big fan of going in the morning, heading up to a viewpoint and enjoying the sunrise.
There are lots of car parks at Park Hall, there are even toilet facilities and picnic benches. Just a note, there are lots of rabbits and horses about so if like mine they like to chase bunnies wear your running shoes.
Now we’ve moved we have some new favourite spots
One of our favourites, Knypersley is a great walk, it has lakes to walk around for a nice easy walk with the dogs or you can head down one of the many paths and explore woodlands, waterfalls and open countryside. In the spring the woodland areas are filled with bluebells and make great photo opportunities. Our dogs love a dip in the waterfall to cool their paws after a big walk. There is a car park on site.
Biddulph Country Park
A great place to let the dogs run about. It’s like a big woodland with pathways to explore. It can get muddy but the dogs never seem to mind! Car park and toilets on site. The Talbot inn a few yards up the road is a great dog-friendly pub well worth a visit after!
What Dog doesn’t want to climb up to a folly and feel the wind in their ears. Mow Cop is a must-visit and there are lots of walks around Mow Cop so you can make the walk as big or small as you like. There are lots of dog-friendly pubs in Mow Cop worth visiting.
You can’t beat a windy walk to the top of the Roaches. We’ve been so many times and despite the sausages only having little legs they love all the climbing. Every time we go we come across something new. I would recommend leads at all times at the roaches, there’s a lot of sheep and the drops are scary high so best to stay safe.
A few walks out of Staffordshire we love
Talacre Beach North Wales
A gorgeous beach is well worth the drive with the dogs, I’ve lost count how many times we have visited its such good fun! The lighthouse on the beach always looks gorgeous in photos. There are pubs and cafes on the way into the beach but we like to take a picnic and let the dogs dig some holes while we eat.
A great day out with the dogs, it’s a big walk but the views are stunning! There are a lot of steps on this walk and with there being so many waterfalls it can get a bit wet so bring the right coat and shoes and you’ll have a blast. There are lots of sheep running about so I would definitely keep your dog on a lead here. After the walk, you enter a little village with a chippy, cafe and a few pubs. Perfect for a little stop before the drive home. There is parking and it’s a couple of English pounds to get in but very much worth it.
Llyn Crafnant Snowdonia
we often stay here in one of the many dog-friendly cottages and there are lots of amazing walks including the one around Llyn Crafant lake. There are a car parks and toilets. Lots of picnic spots. If you walk around the lake it’s a good hour walk. If you are still up for exploring I recommend walking to the fairy falls waterfall, it’s conveniently near a pub that’s dog friendly for a rest before heading home.
Don't get me wrong, travelling around with 5 Dogs isn't easy! Here are a few essentials I always pack in my bag.
Water bowl and water bottle
Lots of Poo bags
Pet first aid kit
Chews - great if you stop at a pub and want some peace!
Harness and collar - I always take both in case one gets wet or too dirty. If you are out all day it's great having a spare.
Dorwest Valerian compound half an hour before we get in the car helps calm the pack down. Great for long trips.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing where me and the Sausages end up. Let me know if you visit any of the spots in this blog.