This is Basil the black Schnauzer, who joined us on his first walk today, and he loved every minute! Basil isn’t supposed to be out on his walks properly until early September, however, his owner has suggested some early walks so that he is ready for his regular walks with the rest of the gang.
Basil is a lovely little pooch and has a cute little bouncy walk. He loves to say hello to other dogs on the park, and he came along with Mickey and Scout who had a little play of ball with him. As with the first day I met him, he loves his little treats and sits nicely for one.
I can see we’re going to get on and I’m sure he’ll love meeting some new pals over the next few weeks! Here are some pics of Basil in action…
We discovered this little gem of a park last weekend, and I can’t believe I haven’t been here before! It’s one of the nicest and cleanest parks I’ve been too. If you’re familiar with Stretford when driving through it’s situated at the back of the houses not too far from the Arndale Shopping Centre.
Victoria Park, Stretford was opened on the 15th November 1902 which is the date showing on the plaque by the magnificent gates leading into the park from the corner of Victoria Road and School Road. These gates were presented to the park to celebrate the reign of Queen Victoria and it must have been a grand unveiling and opening in Stretford.
The park itself was built to replace ‘The Rec’ which was a football pitch sized area of land on the site of Henshaw Street (very close to Victoria Park’s situation today). ‘The Rec’ came into being around 1890 and had separate playgrounds for boys and girls. We know that the coronation celebrations for Edward VII were held on ‘The Rec’ on the 26th June 1902 and so presume that Victoria Park must not have been open at this time.
We started off in the garden of tranquility, and admired the perfect floral designs. If you have lively dogs it may be worth keeping them close so they don’t run too mad of the flower beds! This is a long stretch of flower designs and there are more situated all around the park. This takes you up to the sun-dial and took a few photos there. A bit further up are 3 tennis courts which were busy being in the peak summer time on a Saturday afternoon. Other attractions in the park are a football pitch, Bowling green, Wild flower gardens, roller hockey pitch, over 5’s play area, under 5’s play area, and a basketball court!
They even provide pop bags which are funded by the Friends of Victoria Park charity which is something I’ve not seen in a park before so there’s no excuses!
I highly recommend giving Victoria Park a visit if you fancy a trip somewhere different.
We had a new member to the gang today – Tilly!
Tilly is a 3-year-old golden Labrador, who joined us on her first walk today. I met with Tilly’s owners yesterday, and had a good chat about her and we decided to start the walks from today.
I took her to Longford Park with Mickey, and she had a good time mooching, sniffing and enjoying the sights! To begin with she will be on her lead so we can build on her trust and recall, and we’ll introduce her to new pooch pals very soon.
Here are some pics from today, and there will be more over the next few weeks.
I only discovered Worthington park this week while looking for a different place to walk in Sale. I must have drove past so many times and not realised, it was only when I googled parks in the area that I discovered it!
I went along with Boris and Dexter on Tues 24th June, and then again today (Wed 25th June) with Little Rosie and Freddie. I highly recommend this park if you’re planning on looking for somewhere to take the pooches and/or children out as it’s a lovely looking place and as the website proudly states it has won the Green Flag award for the last 2 years running. You can certainly tell as it is one of the cleanest and well kempt parks I’ve been to.
It has a bowling green, play areas, toilets, quiet areas of grass land and a couple of large open spaces as shown on the map I’ve added below.
Worthington Park is located at the end of Cheltenham Drive in the centre of Sale – postcode M33 2DQ. Other main entrances to the Park are on Broad Road M33 2ES and via Charlton Drive M33 2BJ.
For a few days this week, and early next week, little Kia joined us on our walks. Kia is a Staffordshire Terrier, and I used to see Kia and her owners on my early morning walks before I started work in my previous job.
Kia hasn’t changed with her playfulness and just loves being out with other pooches and having a ball to play with. This week she has been out with Charlie, Honey, Barney and Bella who she normally sees out on her regular walks.
Here are some pics of her in action…
I’ve done this route so many times I can’t believe I haven’t included it yet! This is a walk that would take approx 1 hour unless you wanted to venture out further then it’s up to you.
If you drive to the small car park named Ivy Green, which is just near the Bowling Green pub and nearby to Beech Road, and Chorlton Ville.
You will see 3 paths that lead out from the car park – left, middle and right. Take the right path (or the left and do this route in reverse order) and keep to the right at all times. On this route you will see an exit it on to Ivy Green Road, but instead just follow the path to the left of this. The further on you walk you will come up to a gate which you can walk by and once you are past this you will arrive at a big field which is Turn Moss, which I have done a write up about in a recent post. You may want to stop off here or you may have no choice if your pooch sees it and wants to go for a run in the open field 🙂 There is also another playing field to the left so you may want to give this a look.
If not, just carry on walking up the path and you will see some steps at the top which will lead to the River Mersey Brook. You can either walk up these and turn left, or just stay on the path below and walk left. There is a path you can take to the right but this will extend the walk and I’ll cover this in another post. So now you’ve kept to the left you should be more than half way round of this route. The path will lead you all the way around the playing field on the left just mentioned, and if you stick to this path it will lead you all the way back to the car park which will end on the path you saw on the left hand side of the car park. Sounds confusing but once you’ve walked this a few times you’ll find it easy – enjoy!
We were going for a drive out to Fletcher Moss Park, on Sunday, and decided to give Didsbury Park a look in.
If you’re local to the area of Didsbury then you’ll have been here however, if you fancy a stop off on the way through or if you’re visiting Fletcher Moss then why not give it a go.
It’s not massive but it is a fairly decent size for a leisurely walk with the dog and/or the kids. It has a children’s play area, bowling green, bird garden and football pitch although this is mainly used by the school.
Here is a map and location of where the park is:-