Safe Travelling – Thursday 6th August 2020

Safe travelling

We had a lovely email from Highways England yesterday which had some very good advice about safe travelling. Obviously, the safest thing you can be doing right now is staying close to home, but that is not always practical so I’d like to share with you some of what they said. It isn’t just because I liked their picture of 2 St Bernards either!

Places to Walk

There are many outstanding walks that can be found just off England’s motorways and major A roads this summer.  

To make sure drivers and their pooches stay happy and safe on road trips Highways England has teamed up with the Driving with Dogs website to suggest some top stop off ideas for a mid-trip break or day out. 

Here are some examples

Walks that would make brilliant stop offs close to Highways England roads include: 

  • A38, Plympton, Devon – Saltram House Park is a National Trust mansion with a most imposing vista. Dogs are welcome in the woods and parkland.  
  • M5 Junction 18 Bristol – Blaise Castle estate is an enormous outdoor space, with a mixture of woodlands, meadows and limestone gorge spread over 650 acres. Signed trails lead from the car park in all directions. 
  • M6 Junction 5 or 7 Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands – A former deer park with 2,400 acres of open space – including 7 lakes. Dogs are welcome, but there are a few restrictions in certain areas to protect the wildlife at breeding times. 
  • M60/M62 various junctions Greater Manchester – With 600 acres of parkland, Heaton Park is a massively popular open space for walkers and their dogs. You can get here easily from several M60 junctions and also the M62. 
  • A46 Lincolnshire – A super park for dogs, with flat walking in 200 acres of woodland and wetland. The area is a combination of both Hartsholme County Park and Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve. 
  • A12 Blaxhall Common, Suffolk – A peaceful nature reserve where you can relax and enjoy the sounds of birdsong and chirruping insects. It’s very handy for a doggie comfort break. 
  • M25 Junction 8 Reigate Hill, Surrey – Countryside dog walk just yards from junction 8. Excellent stop off when travelling. Access to both carriageways. Adjacent to North Downs Way / Gatton Park.? Massive view over the North Downs and Reigate. 

Your favourites

If you have any favourite walks along travel routes do let us know what they are so we can share them all.

Shadow update

We are cautiously optimistic that Shadow has turned a corner. She has said she’s sure it’s the probiotic that has made the difference and has asked if she can keep taking it. I don’t think it’s really because she wants the powdered probiotic – it’s the yoghurt Mum mixes it in that she really wants. Now Mum is going to have to remember to add yoghurts to the shopping list especially for Shadow. The problem is that Shadow just can’t decide what flavour she wants. She used to think that nothing beat vanilla, but that was until she had the cherry one!



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