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!

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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A great first week for our canine clients!

Welcome to Dogs Buddy!
Welcome to Dogs Buddy!

It’s been a week of new canine clients this week, and it’s been very nice and they’ve all had a great time! First on a walk was Sephy, a lovely Bedlington Terrier who has been out a couple of times this week to Chorlton Water Park. Sephy loves to play, chase the geese and swans and pop in the river for a little paddle.  She does look all innocent in her picture but she can certainly bark and be very energetic bless her!

Next for their first walk are Maddie and Arthur. Their previous walker had to move away so their owners needed a new dog walker. The first few days took a while for them to get used to me and they did run off for quite a distance when out in Alexandra Park, and Platt Fields Park. I had to have my eyes everywhere as they wouldn’t stick together when off somewhere exploring. They did come back eventually after lots of shouting and whistling! By the end of the week they stayed close by and enjoyed getting out for an hour’s play!Arthur and Maddie

And last but not least, is Friendly Fred the Cocker Spaniel. Fred always gives me a lovely welcome when I go to pick him up. As he lives over in Sale, I bring along some other doggy friends for him to have a run and play with and usually go to Sale Water Park, and Chorlton Ees at the top of the river brook. Fred has a playful bark in the car, and when out and is just really excited. Fred also likes to go for a little swim. I didn’t take him out today, which is a god job really as the Spring weather was freezing! Not sure he would have liked the chill afterwards! Friendly Fred!

So all in all a very good week and I look forward to more adventures with them in the coming weeks!

A visit to Fletcher Moss Gardens

20130317_125024   A place we haven’t been to for a while is Fletcher Moss Gardens, which is based in West Didsbury, so we thought we would take Mickey, for a stroll out on Sunday. I’d forgotten how nice it was actually. For parking we went drove past the Didsbury pub and down by the church. We then walked straight down from this road, all the way down to Simon’s bridge 🙂  20130317_114854

At this bridge we took a left turn (if you were to turn right this would take you in the direction to Chorlton Water Park which I’ll mention another time)  and this will take you on the path alongside the River Mersey. On this path the football playing fields will be on the left so you could drop by here for a play of ball with your pooch. All you need to do then is just keep on the same path which will give you a good walk right up to Stenner Woods. 20130317_122057All the routes are sign posted so it will be difficult to get lost. Once you get to Stenner Woods, there will be a narrow wood bridge path so this may get difficult to cross if there is another group of people crossing in the other direction. This walk is highly recommended and there are signposted paths along the way and it would be advisable to take some decent walking shoes or wellies as it can get muddy especially after a spell of rain.

Dogs buddy welcomes Petra and Connie!

Two gorgeous girls joined me on their first walk today – Petra the brown Pharoah Hound, and Connie the white Ibizan Hound.

We went around Chorlton Water Park and Kenworthy Woods and along the top of the brook. They were very excited to be out and received lots of attention and compliments and I’m sure they’ll be plenty more fun for them the rest of this week!

Connie and Petra!
Connie and Petra!

The Mersey Valley / Chorlton Ees (part 1)

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As The Mersey valley /Chorlton Ees is a huge in scope, we thought we would divide different sections up in which to visit…with your dog(s) of course.

We’ll start with Chorlton Water Park and move our way across. Chorlton Water Park is lovely to walk round and we actually went here recently on a Sundat, where we met up with family and their 2 little toddlers. You can enter via the car park situated up a little hill before the park at the end of Maitland Avenue,  or by having a stroll from the other parts of the Mersey Valley. Chorlton Water Park

Chorlton Water Park
Chorlton Water Park

is fairly quiet during the week but once the weekend starts you’ll find joggers, cyclists, or families taking a nice stroll around the outside of the lake.

There are plenty of benches which go all the way around so you can take a break every now and then or enjoy the atmosphere. There is also a van usually situated near a cluster of park benches where you can get yourself a coffee or tea and a little snack. On the left hand side path from the car park, you’ll find the childrens play area to keep them entertained. Dogs aren’t allowed inside here but I’m sure they’ll be happy playing around outside.

A trip to Styal Woods

A dog walk in Styal Woods
A dog walk in Styal Woods

Yesterday we visited Styal Woods with Mickey, and had a lovely (but very cold) walk in the snow. The Styal Estate is a great place to explore. The woods can be quite difficult to navigate at times as the river Bollin meanders around large outcrops. However there is a charming route you can take up and down wooden staircases at the river’s edge, which eventually comes out at the Airport Holiday Inn (at which point it’s best to turn back!). After your walk, there is a small coffee shop in the Mill Yard, where you can sit outside with your canine friend. The staff are very helpful there: when we visited yesterday Paul slipped on the ice and dropped his coffee, and the staff there replaced it free of charge! You can drive there and park in the National Trust Car Park at Quarry Bank Mill. Alternatively, you find free parking along Altrincham Road (sat nav reference SK9 4JE), from which it is a short walk down to the Woods or the Mill. If you don’t own a car, you can get there on a 20 minute train ride from East Didsbury train station; the most frequent running times are on a Sunday (every two hours). Remember that if you take your dog on the train, you must make sure it is on a lead at all times.