Crufts is on the horizon and we all know that as a nation we’re pretty much nutty for our furry companions! Held at the Birmingham NEC from the 8th - 11th March this year, it’s sure to be a doggo extravaganza!
In fact, we love our pooches so much, a whole new language called ‘Doggo Speak’ has developed online in reaction to cute pup pics! According to Jessica Boddy “Some dogs are doggos, some are puppers, and others may even be pupperinos. There are corgos and clouds, fluffers and floofs, woofers and boofers. The chunky ones are thicc, and the thin ones are long bois. When they stick out their tongues, they’re doing a mlem, a blep, a blop. They bork. They boof. Once in a while they do each other a frighten. Whether they’re 10/10 or 12/10, they’re all heckin’ good boys and girls.”
So with the weather warming up, why not head out and about with your favourite pupperino and explore some local dog friendly walks!
Battlestead Hill, Tatenhill
A broadleaf tree bluebell woodland with mainly mature woodland, grassland and scrub. Battlestead is sandwiched between two fledgling broadleaf planting schemes, the Bass Millennium Wood and East Hill Wood. The woods are linked by a network of rides and paths.
Eton Gateway, Stretton
The area is adjacent to the main A38. Known locally as Mike’s Wood, it was planted on council land which was (or is) a balancing lake. It is really only used by dog walkers.This wood is owned by the National Forest
Sledge Wood, Repton
A lovely woodland with parking less than 500m away. This is a new woodland with beautiful views. Sledge Wood is predominantly oak, with a smaller proportion of ash. There is a stream crossed by a bridge and a bench looking down towards Repton village with an information board at the entrance. Access is from Hartshorne Road or Robins Cross.
Foxley Wood Linton, Swadlincote
This is a broadleaf woodland less than 10 years old. Well worth a visit with free car parking at site. Originally known as Foxley Fields, Foxley Wood was planted over 1995 and 1996 with help from the local community and forms part of the National Forest. The trees have established well, and with the open areas seeded with wildflowers and superb views over the Trent Valley, this is a lovely spot for a visit - whether walking, on horseback or cycling.
For more information on these and other fab walks, visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk