5 Ultimate British Dog Walking Destinations

Is Your Dog Suffering From Boredom?

Has your pooch been looking rather despondent of late? The tell tale signs of doggy boredom can creep up slowly.

When once your little Jack Russell would be making leaps and bounds to the front door to greet you, they now remain in their bed. Perhaps your faithful Black Labrador isn’t paying any more interest in his favourite toys or your usually sociable Collie refuses to greet his friends at the park.

These kinds of behavioural changes can occur over the period of a few weeks or even a few days and can be a shock at first. After all, many of us rely on our dogs as faithful companions, creatures that provide a comforting constant in our life. But before you despair and spend a tonne of cash on a Dog Therapist, there are a few ways to knock your pal out of his funk.

Here at Fly N Galee Northern Lights we have a proven method for dealing with this kind of ennui: a road trip to one of these 5 Ultimate Dog Walking Destinations:

Snowdonia, Wales

Wales is home to one of the most accessible mountain ranges in the United Kingdom. There’s ample space for your dog to run wild and usually a good number of other dog walkers, so you’ll be able to make some new friends along the way. If you’re really looking to blow your dog’s mind, take him up the Snowdon Ranger track. This route blends steep inclines with some easy going flat terrain, giving him a great chance to stretch his legs.

If you’re not keen on getting lost in the wilderness then there are plenty of other great places to visit in North Wales.


Lake District, England

Precariously perched on the West Coast of England lies the Lake District. Covering over 2,000 square kilometres, this National Park is renowned for it tumbling green mountains and hills that crumple together in a truly scenic manner. Whilst you might not be able to take your dog out onto the famous lakes themselves, there are many miles of easy to follow tracks that cater to every ability. The Lake District might well be a little out of the way, but they’re well worth the trip.

Whilst you’re in the neighbourhood, make a stop off at Kendall to purchase some of their world famous Mint Cake, you’ll need it after a long day’s hike!


Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland

If you’re living in mainland Britain, then the notion of catching a ferry over to Ireland to simply walk your dog may seem a little barmy, but hear us out here! Your dog will be aware of the amount of miles that are increasing between your home and your destination; when they arrive at the Mourne Mountains they’ll feel like they’ve crossed an entire continent. The Mourne Mountains lie well off the beaten track, so you’ll want to make sure that you invest in some supplies before you head out to enjoy one of Ireland’s most scenic areas.

Whilst you’re in the area, don’t miss out on taking a scenic drive along the coast – wind down the windows and treat your furry pal to a blast of the fresh sea breeze.


Glen Etive, Scotland

Although your dog might not appreciate that the scenic roads that run through Glen Etive were featured in the Bond movie, Skyfall, you’ll no doubt recognise the iconic crags that lent the movie some of its quintessential Scottish atmosphere. Although you might be tempted to take your dog all the way up the huge backs of the mountains, that dominate the landscape, you’ll get better views if you stay down in the valleys.

If you’re making the trip all the way up from the South, then why not stay for a long weekend? Red Squirrel Campsite is close to Glen Etive and has a commanding view of the stunning scenery to boot!


Dartmoor National Park, England

Often overlooked as a dog walking destination, Dartmoor may well be blighted by some heavy winds and foggy mists but that’s no reason to let your dog miss out on all the fun! Huge climbable hills, known as tors, dot the verdant landscape providing useful landmarks for newcomers and significant challenges for dogs! The park is home to sheep, rabbits and ponies, so only well behaved dogs should be let off the lead.

Don’t forget to leave plenty of time to make your way back to the car – and always bring a torch!

Dog Birthday Parties Exist, and They’re A Waking Nightmare

Dogs are great. They are lovely and great. We love them, well a lot of us do, and that’s great. But they are dogs. They like affection, they like walks, they like food. They’re dogs. They have personalities for sure, they get excited for sure, but they are also animals. Sometimes, as humans, we can be idiots.

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Pictured: Idiots. And a child who can’t really be held responsible for being an idiot. They’re a child, at least they’re not sexting or taking a gun too school or something these kids are doing these days.

Well, they’re not idiots, they have a hobby I don’t like so I’m dismissing them. That’s not really fair. It’s not that they’re idiots, it’s that what they’re doing is stupid. But we all have our stupid. This isn’t my stupid, but I suppose I shouldn’t judge. I have my own stupid: sometimes I listen to Katy Perry, I watch films that are not clever, that are not interesting, that are just, I duno, nice. I watch American talk shows, I watch them giggle around and say nothing of value or insight. So who am I to really judge.DOG5_2760423c The original caption for this picture was ‘Betty the high-maintenance maltese nibbles on a doughnut as Alfie licks his lips’. How annoying.

But what can you do for you dog for it’s birthday? Well, here are some ideas.

  1. A Doggy Birthday cake! 

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That’s right! A birthday cake for your dog! Not a normal cake obviously as that would probably kill your dog and though dying on your birthday adds a nice symmetry to your life it still kind of sucks because your dead and so can’t appreciate that symmetry. Though of course even a live dog can’t appreciate such an abstract form of symmetry, just like a live dog can’t appreciate the idea of a birthday. As John Bradshaw, the anthrozoologist and author of ‘In Defence of Dogs: Why Dogs Need Our Understanding’ helpfully says: ‘Dogs don’t have a concept of time, so anniversaries don’t mean anything at all’. But a dog can understand the idea of food that it likes. So how do you make a dog a cake? Well, lets listen too professional dog cake baker Cheryl Alford:

‘Dogs don’t have enzymes in their blood to break down any fats that solidify when they’re cold and so it’s not advisable for them to eat butter or lard.’

Right, so its all got to be grains and stuff.

2. Doggy Ice Sculpture

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This is an odd idea. But why not have your pup immortalised in some of Glacial Art’s Ice Sculptures. Because what better way to celebrate your dog than an Ice Sculpture right? And we all know dogs don’t recognize themselves in mirrors, but would they recognize themselves remade in ice? Well?  The only way to find out is to get them their very own ice sculpture of themselves on their birthday. That’s what a real friend would do. Apparently. So there.

So theres two things people do, but what are we really talking about here? We know that dogs don’t understand the idea of birthdays, or the idea of time. We know that they don’t care about their age and the passing of their years. What do dogs care about?

“it’s contact with people that is the number one reward in their lives,’ Bradshaw says. So a game of ball in the park would probably please them more. ‘I would have thought dogs would find this sort of thing moderately bewildering,’ Bradshaw adds. ‘When you get a bunch of dogs together that don’t know each other very well, they have all sorts of intentions, not necessarily just sitting around wearing a party hat.'”

From ‘Parties for pooches: what goes on at a dog’s birthday party

Much like people, dogs don’t really want the party for the party. They just want to be engaged with, they just want to played with, they just want to be loved. And fed. They mostly just want to be fed.

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Dogs are a man’s best friend and can also be a woman’s best friend (obviously you stupid patriarchy you) and when you are particularly attached to your pooch it really can be quite half to leave them alone for even a SECOND. Am I right ladies? GOD I LOVE THAT DOG!

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“This here is Shirley we named her after Jebs Aunt Shirly who lived down in Nashington over the forest there, she just loves to run around and sometimes I can’t keep up I’m jut like ‘Shirley! Hey! Slow down there Girl! You’re going to give Mamma a stroke!’ But she just keeps running and I just go as red as the sun when it sets over the lake there when I’m chasing after her! But hell OH WAIT she wants a kiss, oh come here girl I lurve you!”

You know what it’s like, you just can’t be leaving your best friend alone or even worse in some one else’s hands. I hate the idea of my Moons (my dogs called Moon Dog she’s precious) being with some stranger or at some kennel or something she’s MINE and belongs with ME and no one else SO GET AWAY FROM HER.

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We do this for three hours a day

But I’m going on holiday soon so need to sort out a million things but the one thing I can’t get sorted is what I’m going to do with Moon Dog. I’ve got the hotel booked (Holiday Pirates), found the cheapest flights (SkyScanner) and even found a cheep way of parking the car (Airport Parking Market) but taking dogs is still a tricky business even in this day and age.

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It’s tough taking a dog on a plane. Most carriers, such as British Airways for instance, force you too make use of “pet travel agent” so that all risk of problems pre-departure are minimized. Agents such as Jets4Pets will take care of everything for you, they will secure the booking, drop off your dog at the ominous sounding ‘Cargo Centre’ and sort out the documentation and vaccinations. Which is great. I guess. But it’s still someone else getting their hands on MY POOCH.

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But I guess this is all part of learning how to maintain a healthy distance on your relationships. Well, I guess I’ll just have to get better at that. Ho hum.

The First Conflict: The Interests Of Dogs And The Interests Of Breeders

Dogs are living, breathing, feeling creatures. They feel pain and they form bonds with each other and with us, people. This is a wonderful thing that can be a rewarding relationship for humans. So many people have dogs in their lives that they love, they walk them and stroke them and they take them for walks and they become part of the family. In the world of dog breeding however the relationship between humans and dogs is very different.

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In the world of dog breeding these living, breathing, feeling creatures become the subject of production. They are objects to be made, and the process which makes the few that are adjudged good enough leaves a lot of pain and suffering along the way. And of course it will, because the world of competitive breeding, and perhaps any form of breeding whatsoever, dogs do not have any value simply as living things, dogs only have value in the value they can win the owner, whether in finance or simply in prestige. Because humans love prestige.

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God do we love prestige. We’ll murder for prestige. We’ll dedicate our whole lives to prestige. We’ll sacrifice our personal lives and our family lives and our lives full stop for prestige. We’ll ruin lives for prestige. We’ll go to the ends of the earth and then submerge the rest in rubble and heat, just to feel a brief moment of prestige. This want is not some part of human nature, the only things inherent in  humans are potentials. We have the potential to cause great harm. We have the potential to be obsessed with victory and dominance. We have the potential to disconnect from each other and crunch through life as a single force. We have the potential for connection. We have the potential for empathy, for empathy on a mass scale. We have so much potential.

It is not our human nature that creates our behaviour. It is the systems with in which we live. The systems and cultures in which we live create us. A system built on competition always has the same results: suffering, callousness and deceit.