DOG WALKING

Listings of our favourite coastal walks, riverside strolls, city parks and mountain hikes…

Buster’s Favourite Social Walk: SANDBANKS BEACH with a stop at the dog-friendly JAZZ CAFE (POOlE, UK)

Buster maybe be a country dog, but his tastes are not limited to fields and woods and forests. He also loves to frolick between the waves lapping on the shore of sandy beaches. Such is the luck of a dog who lives on the south coast of England! Buster loves Sandbanks, not because he’s elitist, yes Sandbanks is home to the rich and famous, but because a visit there is an event on his social calendar.

Buster mixes with all sorts there, from the urban dwelling bournemouth shih tzu to the sherborne based labrador, he meets new friends and encounters old ones. Occasionally Buster meets the odd French hound on his vacation, and Buster makes sure to make them feel as welcome as possible by having a group jog (and sometimes quick straddle, but only as a gesture of friendship). His favourites are whoever will share a ball.

The social scene is not beach front alone, the merriment continues at the Jazz Cafe where dogs are welcomed (indoors and out) with a nice bowl of water and a friendly pat.

Oskar’s Favourite Walk: GRANTCHESTER RIVERSIDE WALK (CAMBRIDGESHIRE, UK)

As Oskar (a Newfoundland) is a bit of superstar in Cambridge, he often finds it hard to pound the city streets without requests for a cuddle or a picture with ‘the BEAR dog’. So sometimes he likes a quieter, tranquil stroll along the River Cam in the pretty village of Grantchester. The village is famous as a home of  Rupert Brooke, Syd Barret and Jeffrey Archer, but also has classically bucolic features like the Old Mill and the Old Vicarage. Have a stroll and a picnic in the Meadows or your dog can have a dip in Byrons Pool (the Romantic Poet’s favourite swimming spot). You can also sip a cup of tea in the Orchard or have a leisurely riverside pint at The Green Man.

The Times maps out a route here

Times Walks: Grantchester to Cambridge

and UKStudentLife.com has some lovely pictures of all the highlights

Visit Grantchester

Buster’s Favourite Walk: FOSSIL FINDING ON THE JURASSIC COAST, SEATOWN TO GOLDEN CAP (DORSET, UK)


Buster (a Clumber Spaniel) always has his snout down to the ground sniffing out for interesting finds, which in this case could be 180 million year old fossilised starfish, ammonites or golden iron pyrites!! Dorset’s Jurassic coastline is a veritable gold mine for these artifacts. We start at Seatown, often with a scrumptious beachside lunch at The Castle Inn. I always eat lots because  as we start to walk west I know it will all burn off in the climb up Golden Cap, at 191 metres, the highest cliff in southern England.

UKFossils.co.uk give a detailed description of the geology and fossils so you know what to look out for, as well as mapping out a route

Seatown fossils and fossil collecting

Koala’s Favourite Walk: HISTORICAL WALK IN INWOOD HILL PARK, NYC (NEW YORK, USA)


Koala (a Poodle/Havanese Terrier mix) is in hound heaven exploring the woods, caves, salt marshes and glacial boulders of the largest forest land on Manhattan Island. It’s hard to believe you’re still in the city as you amble along the criss-crossing woodland trails. Be sure to look out for Wild Turkey, Cormorants, Red-Tailed Hawks, Owls and Blue Jays to name just a few of the fabulous birds that make their home here. Also look out for Shorakopoch, a boulder that commemorates a tulip tree that grew to 165 feet and thrived for 280 years that was the last link to the Native Americans who lived here.

For maps and more details check out NYC Department of Parks & Recreations

Inwood Hill Park

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