Ox Pasture Hotel, Scarborough.

OX-PASTURE-HALL-323When we recently visited the beautiful Yorkshire Coast, Mickey joined us. When Mickey joins us, it is a challenge to find a dog friendly hotel that also offers a good location, good food, and good room size! Fortunately, we came across the Ox Pasture Hall, which is located in Scarborough: it certainly covers all these factors and we were all looked after very well during our stay here.

After the 3 hour journey from Manchester, we were warmly greeted by Alan at reception. Keen to stretch our legs after the drive, we explored the local countryside. We were blessed with unseasonal October sun, which lit up the beautiful surrounds. It was great to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and enjoy the peace and quiet of rivers, streams, and birds tweeting away.Ox-Pasture-Hall-458

After getting a little lost, we made it back in time for afternoon tea served in the dog-friendly bar/bistro. We enjoyed a well deserved pot of tea, along with a selection of treats which included salmon and cream cheese, ham and mustard, and cheese finger bite sandwiches; along with scones with clotted cream and jam, and a large selection of cakes. All were very tempting, but we managed to resist polishing them all off!

The room was stunning comprising a spacious living area with an inviting sofa, king-size bedroom, and a bathroom with a very generously sized bath with stylish fittings (bathrobes provided in the wardrobe!). The bedrooms at Ox Pasture were all styled in Lodge type settings with views overlooking the nearby Forge Valley, and as you approach your room from the courtyard, there is an attractive fountain displayed.

 

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Later on, we ventured down to the bar and bistro area with Mickey, to start our meal and thought we’d sit in the lounge area nearby first for a refreshing pint and have a look at the menu which can be found here. The staff looked after us well. I enjoyed a sun dried tomato salad (which was surprisingly delicate), and then beef brisket on a creamy mash with medium cooked beef. This was just the right amount to enjoy without feeling over full! My partner chose the soup for starter, which was simple yet perfectly prepared, and for mains a tasty vegetarian ravioli. Most hotel bar and bistro menus tend to offer the usual favourites such as burgers, fish and chips, chicken, pies etc – the Ox Pasture still offered comforting food but with variety! If you wish to dine in the Restaurant, please be advised dogs are not allowed in this area.

For all you dog lovers…

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For all you dog lovers out there who want to take their beloved pooch(es) away with them on a UK break, but cannot find anywhere suitable, or find the search exhausting, I’d really recommend Ox Pasture. The location is perfect for exploring. We visited Filey Beach, which is long and wide and doesn’t get too packed out like most popular coastal spots. If you prefer the hustle and bustle of a great British seaside then you definitely should visit Scarborough or Whitby. Of course, the towns and beaches may all be a bit too much for your dog(s) so a quiet walk in the Yorkshire Moors will keep them entertained for hours. Just be sure to check the weather forecast and take suitable clothing, footwear and plenty of water.

You really can’t go wrong with choosing Ox Pasture Hall. With their great choice of rooms, friendly staff, excellent cuisine, and dog friendly environment, you will all have a great time. Ox Pasture Hall is located at Lady Edith’s Drive, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 5TD

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Hough End Playing Fields

Hough EndLocation: Princess Parkway, Chorlton, Manchester, M20 1HP

I haven’t posted a blog for any places to visit with your dog, for a while so apologies for this. I have a few places in mind that I’ve been to, so I will endevour to add these on in due course.

One place that I have been to on a few occasions, is Hough End Playing Fields which is situated on Mauldeth Road/Princess Parkway. I wasn’t too sure whether to add this as I thought it was strictly for Football playing only, however, they do have dog control order signs with dog bins around it, so I guess it is ok to go there. I didn’t want to get myself in trouble with the Council for advertising this unless dogs are allowed. It’s one of those places I know is nearby yet somehow when I’m thinking of places to go, or where to take Mickey for an hour or so, I forget about it. It’s only since Hendrix moved nearby that I go there frequently now.

hough end 2As the title suggests, it is a football pitch and a huge one at that. It will be busy at the weekend especially on a Sunday Morning, when most teams seem to play so if you’re looking for a quiet walk with space, I would suggest mid-week, or a weekend afternoon. There’s plenty of open space for your dog to have a run around although I would suggest keeping in the middle if your pooch tends to wander off especially as the Princess Parkway traffic is 40mph!

At the side of the fields is Hough End Clough which is located on the Mauldeth Road side. It’s not very big but nice enough to have a little amble along the stream path. There are Police Quarters nearby so try not to be alarmed by the police dogs that may bark from inside!

As for parking, it isn’t he best however, there is the main entrance which leads into the grounds on Mauldeth Road which is open most of the time. For access around the other sides I would suggest finding a parking spot on the outside.

If you live in Chorlton or Didsbury, you’re most probably aware of this field, but for those wanting a change of scenery then it’s worth a look!

Walk your dog in Priory Gardens

2013-09-24 13.06.50I’ve been on regular dog walks in Sale, and never really knew of this place until someone i was talking to in Worthington Park suggested it. I’ve driven past it on the motorway and on Dane Road, but never really noticed it.

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Not sure why they call it ‘gardens’ as it’s a just woodland and dirt tracks so maybe it used to be something years ago. There is no link to it on the website so couldn’t do any read ups about it.  I visited Priory Gardens a few weeks ago with Fred and Basil and it’s not bad at all. If you want to walk your dog somewhere quiet and by this I mean not many other dogs or people, then it’s worth a visit. It’s not like a quiet woodland though as you have the sound of the traffic from the motorway and also the metro link line which runs at the side of it.  It does have paths you can take to get to Sale Water Park so if you wanted to pad out your walk then have a walk over the big white bridge, or at the side which runs alongside the metro line. 

You won’t get lost as all the paths will take you back to the main car park area. It may be best to take some decent footwear on rainy days, or following any wet days as it can be quite muddy!

You can get to Priory Gardens from Dane Road, or by joining it from the Water Park.

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Hullard Park

Hullard ParkI’ve driven past Hullard Park quite a few times but never really gave it much thought as I imagined it was only small. I went there a couple of times recently and was pleasantly surprised by its size, and by the look of it too as I didn’t expect much from it.

Hullard Park is situated just off Stretford Road, and just on the border of Hulme and Whalley Range. It is looked after very well with lots of floral bed designs in the main area with 2 open spaced fields just outside of the circular bench area. There is also a children’s play area and wildlife meadow. I have attached a link to the website however, it looks like they are updating the site so this may appear soon.

Here are some pictures taken whilst I was walking around and I would definitely recommend a quick visit maybe as a stop off for a quick walk with your pooch…which is just what I did.

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Victoria Park, Stretford

2013-08-03 12.02.44We 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

Worthington Park, Sale.

2013-06-25 13.18.21I 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.

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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.

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Chorlton Ees – Ivy Green route

chorlton-ees-path-ecotherapy sessions manchester wales cheshire lancashire derbyshire england united kingdomI’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. ivy green

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!

Didsbury Park

downloadWe 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:-

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Are you looking for a dog trainer and behavior specialist?

James CarrollIf so I recommend James Carroll.

I have recently been in contact with James, who specialises in dog training and behavior and I was fortunate to experience his excellent work through one of my new canine clients, Boris the Cocker Spaniel.

James recognised Boris from my blog and picture updates, and commented that he had trained Boris prior to the move to South Manchester, and was going to recommend me as a dog walker for when they did move over.  Boris’ owner mentioned she had found a dog walker which happened to be me so all was good anyway 🙂

Boris was a delight to walk on his first day by being sociable with other pooches, great recall, and excellent temperament! This was a relief to Boris’ owner as it was a lot for him to get used to – new home, area, walker etc, and a relief for me as well as it takes a while for each dog to become used to you and gain your trust.

So, James comes highly recommended and it’s a massive thank you from me for helping Boris settle in very well!

Please take a look at James’ website to find out more and how he may be able to help with your dog(s).

Turn Moss Playing Fields

I’ve not done a write-up for a while so here’s a local one to Chorlton, which is a favourite spot for dog walkers. Turn Moss Playing Fields which is just over the road from Longford Park, is a very big field which is handy for playing ball with your pooches as you’ll mostly likely see when you pay a visit there. It is there for football games and will be quite busy on weekend mornings, or when there are organised football games on.

It is actually part of Chorlton Ees Nature Reserve (which I’ll cover very soon) and if you’re out walking your dog through the paths of the Ees you’ll find your dog will be excited to run onto this being a large field for them to let off some steam and have a good run! If you just wanted to walk around all of the field this could take about 40 minutes or so and you could definitely fill an hour of playing chase the ball if you wanted to give your dog some good exercise, or just a good mooch and sniff around.

I was there on Saturday on taking Millie and Henry out and here is a couple of pics:-

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The address is

Turn Moss Rd, Stretford, Greater Manchester M32 8Q