Welcome along to Dexter!

2013-09-09 13.59.02We have another schnauzer joining the fun, and another Dexter! 

Dexter came on his first walk today, and I thought i would ease him in gently by introducing him to my Mickey and Tilly. He was a bit unsure when I picked him up as his regular walker has now moved away. I have met him on a couple of occasions to arrange his walks so he kind of recognised me. Once he got to the park though he was enjoying himself and having loads of fun. 

Dexter will be on regular weekly walks so I’ll look forward to taking him out and building on our friendship! It’s going to be confusing when our other Dexter comes back on his walks as he is just on a break at present. 

 

Here are some pics of him in action…

 

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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.

Welcome to Tilly!

Tilly!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.

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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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Feeling hot, hot, hot!

2013-05-07 14.54.55Well after a nice Bank holiday break, it was back with a bang today, with lots of dogs to walk – 12 in total! Tuesday is usually a busy day anyway, so I’m usually prepared but the weather was gloriously hot today the pooches were all hot and bothered in and out of the car! Good job I took plenty of water with me!

I was out the door this morning by 8.15 and back home just after 5pm and in that period I covered Fallowfield, Hulme, Chorlton, Stretford, Old Trafford, Sale, and Northenden in picking the dogs up, and 4 parks – Platt Fields Park, Birchfields Park, Longford Park, and Chorlton Ees. I was definitely in need of a brew (and cold drink) and a good shower after all that. The pooches all had a good time and the difference of when they all get in the car, to when they are all travelling back is noticeable – happy and excited on the way, and flaked out on the way back 🙂  Job well done I’d say!

Here are some highlights…

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Where for art thou, Romeo?

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This lovely German Shepherd cross, joined me on his first walk today, and for the rest of this week only. The reason being is that he isn’t from Manchester, and is visiting for this week only and his owners aren’t able to take him out on regular walks.  Shame really as he was a joy to walk. We went to Platt Fields Park (my second visit there for today) and he enjoyed the atmosphere as it was a little busier than it was in the morning, probably due to the warm weather and people heading to the park after work, uni, school etc.

He is allowed off the lead and his recall was great and he posed for some nice pictures shown here. I loved the way he sat and lay down and also wanted to give his paw to earn a treat – very cute! I’ll look forward to the other walks we’ll have and introducing him to some pooch friends 🙂

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A nice walk around Stamford Park

I’m a bit late at adding this place to visit as we came here after a family birthday lunch a few weeks ago on a Sunday. We had quite a lot to eat so decided to walk it off in the nearby park, and Stamford Park was highly recommended. This park is based on the borders of Altrincham and Hale,  and if you click on the link for Stamford Park it will give you the map and directions of how to get there. It’s a nice family friendly park which isn’t huge but has plenty to offer including playing fields,  cafe, duck pond, children’s play area, bowling greens, tennis courts, football pitch etc.  Here is a map of the park details where the facilities are:Welcome map

In fact while the kids went for a play in the play area, I went for a stroll around with Mickey, which was pleasant and he enjoying exploring a new area. The duck pond was closed off at the time we went as it is being improved and should be open once Summer is in full flow.

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So if you’re in the area why not call in for a look around especially now the lighter evenings are upon us – enjoy!

A walk around Platt Fields Park

Platt Fields ParkIt’s been a while since I last gave a place to visit so I thought I would include this park as I do love a walk around this one. Platt Fields Park is a large public park off Wilmslow Road in Rusholme, Manchester, England. It is home to Platt Hall, and was originally known as the Platt Estate or the Platt Hall Estate. Fallowfield lies to the south and the Wilmslow Road runs along its eastern edge.

I have been during then weekends but just lately I’ve included some of my dog walks here, and it’s been nice a peaceful to walk around during the week days. I usually start from the car park and walk through the gardens at the back which then leads on to a path that goes up to, and past the costume gallery. From here you can walk along the path which leads up to the university football playing fields. There is plenty of space here to play ball or even sit around and enjoy the sun on the warmer days. Depending on hoe long you wish to stay out for you can either walk the circle of the park by walking by the fence of the football grounds, or head over a small bridge which will lead you to the lake. I tend to walk around the whole of the park, and leave the lake until last. You can definately gian a 1 hour walk and even more by doing this.

Facilities in the park include a couple of childrens play areas, bowling green, BMX track, basketball and tennis courts, and a picnic area. There are usually events arranged throughout the year which you can find on the website.

It’s definately worth a visit whenever you’re nearby the Fallowfield area.

Chorlton Ees / Mersey Valley stage 2:- Visit Sale Water Park

272px-SaleWaterPark640Continuing with the Mersey Valley, we go the furthest end to the other side of Chorton Water Park and recommend Sale Water Park . If you fancied walking the whole scope of Mersey Valley it would take you a good 90-120 mins to cover all of this and you and your dog(s) will be nice and exercised afterwards. You can reach this by either walking along the top of the brook, or by taking a route left from Jackson’s Boat. From the Jackson’s Boat route you can enter the Park by crossing over 5 stepping stones as the Lake narrows off at the end. It can be very muddy after recent rain fall so be careful if you do this route. The Park can also be accessed form the car park near Deckers Restaurant, which can be entered from M60 motorway, junction 6.

The lake isn’t as big as the one in Chorlton Water Park however, you do get a lot of sail boats and water sport activities especialloy in the summer. There are also lots of geese and ducks so if your dog(s) tend to run at them you may be advised to keep them on a lead until you pass by. There is also a shelter to watch a variety of birds in the marshes so don’t fotget your binoculars.