Even though I love summer, and warmth, and sun, and flip flops! … I find autumn magical. The red, orange and dark green colours, the crisp (preferably dry and sunny) mornings, a warm scarf … it’s all, somehow, wonderfully calming.
We are very fortunate where we live. There’s a beautiful footpath around the quarry just behind our house and it’s a very quiet place where I can let my dogs off the lead and walk and walk and walk. I always keep away from the fields with the cows, because I know my dogs and I don’t want to stress out these beautiful, peaceful grass-munching giants. The cows next door are very friendly and curious and they always come closer to check who I’m taking for a walk this time.
If we have extra time we jump in the car and go for a walk to other beautiful places around Uttoxeter. One of my favourites is Dimmingsdale near Alton Towers. We usually go there on weekdays as it’s not so busy. Sadly, the forest was damaged by a fire this summer but it’s so nice to see how it’s recovering.
Another place we go quite often is Seven Springs in Cannock Chase, about 20 min from Uttoxeter.
Mr. Tank loves to paddle in the springs and the small shallow lake. I think he likes to pretend he can swim. And again we try to avoid weekends there as it’s very busy with cyclists.
Our latest discovery was The Roaches thanks to my friend Zuzka who took me there. What a beautiful place!! Some people say The Roaches is a Peak District gem. It’s very rugged and steep, so I could only take my Lakeland, Tinker, because she’s like a mountain goat! For my Scotties it would be too steep and our Airedale, Richard, is too young and clumsy to go on a hike like this.
Where ever we go I always have my Tick Off with me in the car and I spray my dogs just before our walk. Ticks are not only active during the summer, but can be present all year round if the weather is mild. I also have my Soothing Antiseptic Spray in the glove box of my car, to treat any unexpected scratches and cuts.
What else do you take with you apart from poo bags, water, treats and snacks?
Are there any interesting walks in your area you would like to share? I’d love to read your comments.