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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Exploring green and pleasant lands


Recently retired, my husband and I are keen to fill our days exploring the British countryside with our two Labradors.

We know our local tracks across Bucks but we’re keen to find new walks and see some of the stunning views our country has to offer at the same time. Can you advise of the best places to visit?

My eldest dog, Barnaby is 11 and can no longer walk great distances, so it would be great to be told of any routes that are both scenic but not too lengthy – any dog friendly pubs along the way are a bonus too!

Thank you,

Mr and Mrs Davies, by phone


  1. Christine Bailey1 March 2012 at 02:47

    I love the "Dog Walker's Guide" series from Countryside Books. Each book covers a specific area of the country - currently 13 areas are covered, and I hope there are more in the pipeline! As well as giving basic info on distance and terrain, you'll find such helpful details as whether there are any stiles on the route, dog-friendly cafes and pubs nearby, the closest vet, and whether you are likely to encounter livestock - though of course this is subject to change. Each book details 20 circular walks - and how to get there! At just £7.99 each these books are a bargain - purchase online at

  2. says...
    Try searching for new walks on Barker and Wags Go Walking. The site provides a digital map to follow, the distance and time the walk may take and a description and photographs of what you may see (and any pubs that may be on the way!). Simply enter a town or post code to see all the walks in that area. Anyone can plot their favourite routes and publish a description and pictures of their walks for all to enjoy. If there are no walks in your chosen area, why not be the first to share?

  3. Dear Mrs Davies,

    Countryside Books publish several Dog Walker's Guides covering individual counties (so far we have guides covering Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire & The New Forest, Lancashire, Shropshire, Somerset and the Yorkshire Dales).

    As a dog owner myself (Bruce, a slightly arthritic Ridgeback) I know how important it is to know what kind of terrain a walk covers (stiles, steep slopes etc). Bruce and I have done several walks from our guides and have found them to be very informative (they even list dog-friendly pubs and/or cafes and the nearest vet).

    If our guides sound like something you would be interested in them please click on this link to take a look

    We will shortly be publishing some new Guides covering Bristol & Bath, Cheshire, Derbyshire & the Peak District, Kent, Nottinghamshire and Surrey. Any book ordered from our website has a 20% discount.

    I do hope you find this of use. If there is anything else I can be of help with then please feel free to email me at

    Happy walking :)
    Best wishes,
    Deb Marshman

  4. Cumbria! With a very dog-friendly small town (Keswick) and walks for all abilities, as well as lakes and beaches there really is something for everyone. Admittedly, it would be more of a week/end break for you, but definitely worth it.

  5. Not sure where in Bucks you are, but Ivinghoe and the Dunstable Downs are near to you and make for a fantastic day's walking!

  6. There's also a website called Doggie Pubs which looks good.

    All about people's personal recommendations on truly dog friendly pubs & nearby walks. (Not much help if you aren't PC users though)