Short Walks of the Month: March 2018

March was a miserable month in terms of weather. We had snow and rain and fog, everything but sun. Add to that my final term coursework deadlines for university and I wasn’t left with a lot of time to go on many non-ordinary walks with Luna. I feel like I am making excuses for my lack of walking material. I guess I am just disappointed that I didn’t manage to fit in more of the walks that I want to do, but the two walks that I did manage to fit in were very enjoyable and worthwhile. I feel like I’m going to say that about every walk ever because walking is just one of the best things there is, especially with a dog.

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Black Rock Lime Kiln   

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Compton Down and Melbury Beacon   

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Black Rock Lime Kiln

Walk ~ 1 mile ~ 30 minutes ~ Easy ~ Near Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

This was a great walk, with incredible views and a scenic drive to get there through Cheddar Gorge. Luna enjoyed all of the mud, so I know that she liked the walk. A runner snuck up on us while I was trying to get a picture of Luna in front of Black Rock, luckily he didn’t mind dogs as she strolled over to say hello to him as soon as she saw him, not giving me a chance to put her lead on like I normally would. I want to go back to the Gorge in the future, but I will probably not be repeating this exact walk, due to its short length. I was left wishing that it was a bit longer and so I think that all of our walks in future will be longer than this one, except from a couple which I really want to try out purely because they are so close and the cost of petrol is therefore worth it.

Favourite moment of the walk – Luna could not get over a stile built into a wall on her own and so instead just sat on the other side.

Compton Down and Melbury Beacon

Walk ~ 2.6 miles ~ 1 hour 15 minutes ~ Easy ~ Near Shaftesbury, Dorset

A lovely walk in the same area as the shorter walk at Fontmell Down which we did in February. I much preferred this walk to the one at Fontmell Down, partly because it was longer but also because there was a trig point on Melbury Hill. Luna and I bagged our first trig point here together. We took one of my friends along with us, which made the walk far more entertaining, especially when she was trying to escape Luna. There were some very overgrown thorny bushes encroaching upon some of the path, so it was fun getting poked by those, but there were some great views from the trig point across Dorset, despite a layer of fog which refused to shift.

Favourite moment of the walk – Luna started chasing her trail on a steep hill and almost fell over.

 

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Short Walks of the Month: February 2018

Luna reached six months of age in February, still too young to be going on any long hikes, but getting old enough to go on short walks in new places. I set myself a goal at the start of the month to visit two new dog friendly locations, which I achieved. Both of the places we visited we will definetly be going back to when the weather clears up. February was a pretty dreary month with a lot of wet weather, which made any walking a very muddy affair.

A Circuit of Hod Hill   

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A short walk with an uphill climb. The full details of this walk are available from the National Trust website.

Fontmell Down Walk   

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Fontmell Down Walk

Walk ~ 0.9 miles ~ 20 minutes ~ Easy ~ Near Shaftesbury, Dorset

A beautiful clear day, a rare occurance last month, made for beautiful views from Fontmell Down. This was an easy, yet enjoyable, short walk along the relatively flat top of Fontmell Down. The route passed over a couple of Cross Dykes and appeared to be popular with other dog walkers. Luna enjoyed being able to run around freely, as the fields we walked through were free of livestock.

Hod Hill Walk

Walk ~ 1.6 miles ~ 40 minutes ~ Easy ~ Near Blandford Forum, Dorset

Hod Hill is a hill fort dating back to the Iron Age and the Roman occupation of Britain. We were met by fog on our visit to the site, rendering the views from the hill non-existant. Despite the fog, this was a highly enjoyable and interesting walk. There were sheep grazing the hill, meaning that Luna had to be kept on the lead, but I still think she enjoyed our exlporation of this site. It was also Luna’s first experience of encountering sheep, she was very interested in them, but I think that this was down to them being something new to her. I will be taking Luna back again on a clearer day so that we can take in the views from the top.

 

 

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