It’s been ages since we found somewhere new for a lovely weekend dog walk. Between the weather (either being boiling hot or torrential showers) and getting the garden done, we’ve not gone beyond Abingdon for a while. However, last weekend, we needed to get out, get some fresh air and be surrounded by green! I wanted to go to Oxford and visit LYP so my OH looked for somewhere nearby to walk. Oxford is such a beautiful city with lots of lovely parks and green spaces, but even this one was new to us. We discovered The Kidneys and Aston’s Eyot in East Oxford. It’s such a beautiful space, full of gorgeous plants, fruit and wildlife. Some of the paths go right by the river, and we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a regatta taking place. Poppy had a little look at the river, but once again, she was freaked out by water!
If you’re looking for somewhere lovely to walk in the city that’s less well known and has loads of blackberries, ready for picking, this is an ideal spot.
The Walk: There are a number of pathways you can take around Aston’s Eyot and The Kidneys so you could spend a while there.
Cost: Completely free!
Car Park: There isn’t a dedicated car park, but there are some streets nearby which aren’t residents only. However, you will need to check, especially as there may be some time restrictions.
Refreshments: While there’s no where to buy refreshments, there are a number of lovely cafes and pubs in East Oxford.
Toilets: None that I could see.
Growing up, I always wanted stuff with my name on, though it’s not the popular spelling so I could never find it on anything. So it stands to reason that I adopt a dog that’s such a mixture of breeds, that I’ll never get anything with her on either! That being said, Poppy looks most like a Dachshund, thanks to her barrel chest, little legs and black/tan colouring. Whenever I see something with a Dachshund on, I want it. Here’s a little roundup of my current favourites.
1. People Tree Red Stripe Sausage Dog tee // 2. Fenella Smith Dachshund Cushion // 3. Dachshund Dog print scarf // 4. Dachshund Earrings // 5. Sausage Dog card // 6. (c/o) Dachshund Silver Brooch
Aren’t these adorable?! I actually have the earrings and love wearing them. I’ve got my eye on the scarf and cushion and think I’ll be adding them to my Christmas list, when the time comes. Dog prints are definitely becoming more and more popular, and naturally I’ll be championing the Dachshund print!
The lovely people over at Museum Selection had provided me with the Dachshund Silver Brooch for a giveaway. If you’d like to be entered into the draw to win the brooch, simply leave a comment below or over on my Facebook page. The giveaway will close Tuesday 12th August 2014 at 8pm.
Disclaimer: The Dachshund silver brooch was provided free of charge but as usual, all opinions my own.
I always like finding somewhere new to walk Poppy. Not only because it keeps things interesting for me, but her reaction whenever we go somewhere new, is priceless. So last time we were in Pembrokeshire, we headed to Manorbier beach, which is dog friendly all year round. It’s not the biggest of beaches in the area, but access to the Pembrokeshire Coastal path is really easy to get to, so if you wanted something bigger, head up to the path.
After a little stroll on the beach, which was packed due to the beautiful weather, we headed over the to the rock pools. Poppy isn’t keen on swimming in the sea, but she does love a good snuffle around rock pools. Fortunately, there are plenty to explore and she had us chasing after her, clambering over rocks, like the best of them!
Then, we headed up onto the coastal path. We hadn’t planned to go onto the path, so we just walked a bit and then turned around and walked back. However, there are a couple of circular walks encompassing Manorbier bay, which can be found on the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park website and I’d love to do one of these one day. It is a popular little spot and well worth a visit if you’re in the area.
The Walk: The beach isn’t very wide so if you’re interested in a long walk, then head up on to the coastal path, where you can walk for as long as you like!
Cost: There’s no entry charge, but you will need to pay for parking. We did consider heading to the Castle as well, but you do have to pay for entry there. More info here.
Car Park: Parking is pay and display in all Pembrokeshire Coast Car Parks, but it is pretty reasonable and transferable between Pembrokeshire Coast car parks.
Refreshments: While there’s no where to buy refreshments, there was an ice cream van in the car park and there is a cafe in Manorbier itself.
Toilets: There are some just inside the car park.
We’re very lucky to have so many places locally to walk Poppy. While they may not be sandy beaches or coastal paths, the countryside of Oxfordshire and Berkshire is still pretty impressive. A few weeks ago, we headed to Snelsmore Common Country Park to walk Poppy one Saturday afternoon.
There are endless walks you could go on within the park, with lots to see around the area. Be aware, it’s also used for cycling and horse riding, so you need to keep your wits about you. If you’re taking the dog, then you need to keep them on their lead, as there might be cattle grazing and you don’t want to set them off. It’s also great for picnics and there are picnic tables around the park
Poppy loved it there as there’s plenty for her to snuffle about in. We walked all over and didn’t keep to one specific walk. The walk is a bit rough and ready at times, so you need to be sure footed to get around. Walking boots are a must though, especially with the Great British weather keeping the ground nice and moist at the moment!
The site is managed by BBOWT and they work to help wildlife now and for the future. So it’s important to follow the advice given on the map as you go on and on their website. The Common will change so much throughout the seasons, so I’d quite like to make it a habit of going there a few times throughout the year so we can see how it’s different.
The Walk: There are a few different paths leading out from the car park and you can go on a number of different walks, criss crossing the common so there’s plenty to go back for again and again.
Cost: Completely free! Though, it wouldn’t hurt to make a donation to BBOWT, as they do such a great job for wildlife and for users of the places they manage 😉
Car Park: Completely free!
Refreshments: While there’s no where to buy refreshments at Snelsmore, there are plenty of picnic facilities. We swooped to Saddleback Farm Shop for a cheeky slice of cake instead, though next time, we’ll probably pack fill the Thermos and bring some cake with us.
Toilets: There are some just inside the car park, including a disabled loo.