We have another postcard from Boomerang, paw-thor of a range of walking books available at www.bestdogwalksuk.com. Take it away Boomer!
With my doggie bag jangling with pocket money from selling my walking books, I decided to treat the humans to a weekend in the Cotswolds – I’d also heard there were some good walks there to research for my next book. And a town called Broadway. Boomer on Broadway – wey-hey!
Actually The Crown, where I decided we’d stay, as there was a special offer on, is just outside Broadway, in a village called Blockley in the north Cotswolds – very pretty. The Crown Inn dates back to 1575 and our bedroom was small but satisfactory. Anyway, we didn’t need a massive room as I was allowed in the bar and that’s where we spent most of our time.
As well as The Crown, Blockley has another dog-friendly inn – The Great Western Arms – and I wanted to check that out for my friend Phileas so we went there for steak and chips. Top repaste, Phileas, and I’m happy to report that the landlady greeted me with a handful of dog biscuits.
Blockley is a good central point for lots of walks – there’s an hour long one, through the woods and a four-mile one which follows some of the Heart of England Way.
The best place of all in the Cotswolds, though, as far as I’m concerned, is the little town of Winchcombe. Not a word of a lie – as soon as I set paw outside the car a friendly local greeted me with a dog biscuit. What a welcome, Winchcombe!
Also I’m a big fan of Winchcombe has it has an annual walking festival and the logo – Winchcombe Welcomes Walkers. That must have been what the dog biscuit was about – Winchombe welcoming me, super-famous walking woofer that I am. (Don’t go overboard Boomerang – Phileas, the ed.)
We’d come to Winchcombe so I could have an amble along the Cotswolds Way. Full details of the walk are on my walking website (www.bestdogwalksuk.com) but, in short, we walked in a circle through beautiful countryside to Sudeley Castle and then back. Sadly Sudeley isn’t dog-friendly – not even the grounds – but there is a good gift shop where humans can have an ice cream and dogs any crumbs from the cone that are going.
Anyway, didn’t matter too much because after the walk, back in Winchcombe, we went to The White Hart for SAUSAGES and mash and a good long nap! It’s dog tiring, writing books of dog walks pups.
Phileas Phacts: Blockley and Winchcombe
- The Crown Hotel, High Street, Blockley, Near Broadway, Gloucestershire, GL56 9EX Tel: 01386 700245; www.crownhotelblockley.co.uk Rooms start at £99 for two people for two nights (special offer); dogs are charged an extra £10 a night.
- The Great Western Arms, Station Road, Blockley, Gloucestershire, GL56 9DT Tel: 01386 700362
- The White Hart, High Street, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, GL54 5LJ Tel: 01242 602359; www.whitehartwinchcombe.co.uk
- For full details of the walks Boomer set paw along in Blockley and Winchcombe, and to buy any of his walking books, log on to www.bestdogwalksuk.com.