If you’re a dog walker, a new Lake District guide book could be your next pet project.
Peter Naldrett has put together the first Lake District dog walkers’ companion.
The Lakes have always been a popular place for walkers and there are many guide books to choose from.
But there has never been a book specifically designed to include a dog or dogs across the whole of the National Park.
In ‘The Lake District, A Dog Walker’s Guide’, you’ll find 20 circular walks varying in length from one-and-a-half to eight-and-a-half miles.
Each route has been researched and walked by Peter who is a keen walker himself.
To make sure he chose the best available walks, he spoke to local dog owners to find out their favourite routes, checked recommended routes on the internet and talked to all the local Tourist Information Centres.
Peter then spent weeks doing the walks and checking that they were suitable.
Each walk description includes a map, a clearly numbered route and notes on how to get to the start and where to park.
A special ‘Dog Factors’ box gives details of any road walking, stiles or grazing livestock.
The author has also listed dog-friendly pubs and cafés and, in case of emergency, the nearest vet.
The walks are mainly off-road giving as many opportunities as possible for dogs to run, swim and explore.
The scenery is spectacular and the walker is likely to see plenty of wildlife too.
From the walk at Dodd Fell it is possible to see ospreys nesting at Bassenthwaite and buzzards and merlins can be spotted on the Whinlatter walk.
At Ennerdale Water, one of the area’s lesser-known gems, it is possible to walk in the footsteps of Bill and Hillary Clinton and there are interesting routes along disused railway lines at Keswick and Cleator Moor. At Eskdale the return journey can be taken on the preserved railway which runs from Boot down to Ravenglass.
Other routes include Tarn Hows, bought by Beatrix Potter in the 1930s and left to the National Trust, Rydal Water close to Wordsworth’s home Dove Cottage, Forest Art at Grizedale Tarn and Castles at Sizergh, Wray and Kendal.
Peter said: “The book has been a lot of fun to put together.
“I hope walkers and their dogs enjoy the routes as much as I have”
Peter who is a journalist and writes regularly for The Countryman and Geographical, has had a walking series published in Dogs Monthly and is also the author of Derbyshire and the Peak District: A Dog Walker’s Guide.
(Countryside Books, £7.95)
lWe’ve got six copies of Peter Naldrett’s ‘The Lake District, A Dog Walker’s Guide’ to give away. To be in with a chance of winning send an email marked Dog Competition to firstname.lastname@example.org or a postcard to Dog Competition. c/o Debbie Butler, 41 Northgate, White Lund, Morecambe LA3 3PA. Please include a phone number or email address plus your postal address. Closing date is July 2.