My name is Ali Page. I spend a lot of my time being what has become known among my friends as Out With Hooves, or OWH for short…Hooves being the nickname of my four-legged friend Hoover. We get to all sorts of places in the UK, and love nothing more than finding an unexpected view, or a secluded spot to stop and smell the roses, and we’d like to share our adventures with you and your doggy friends. Now, the word ‘adventure’ might give you the impression that we are scaling great heights, or traversing vast distances, so I apologise in advance if you feel misled. Our ‘adventures’ are far more moderate: backpacks and hiking boots are generally not needed…cameras and poo bags probably are! Hoover is a big chap so hiking for miles and miles isn’t for him, but being out and about in our green and pleasant land most definitely is.
Our ramblings, both written and physical may appear tame if compared to all those fantastic walking blogs that are out there, but we hope to introduce you to doggy-friendly places to walk, rest and eat. We are always looking for places where Hoover can run free without disturbing others, where we can grab a coffee (for me) and a bowl of water (for him), where we can stay for a night or a week, and where we can be ourselves and please ourselves. Many of our walks are in and around Berkshire and the surrounding counties as this is where we live, but we love to holiday in the UK and we have a list as long as his tail (so that’s a pretty long list!) of places we’d like to go.
I have always loved being out with my dog, and over the years I have seen lots of lovely places. In the early days it was Hugo, my black Labrador that put the smile on my face and the spring in my step, but nature took it’s course and Hugo is no more…although he may make an appearance here and there when I look back at places he and I went to together. These days my best times are spent with the most affable Hoover Page…and I can’t think of a better hound to be with…
So this is where we begin….
|Curbar Edge, The Peak District National Park||DE45 1AE|
A stunning landscape that feels remote and wild, but is completely accessible.
|Eyam Tea Rooms, Eyam, Hope Valley||S32 5RB|
A wonderful place to have breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea.
|Pine Door Cottage, Eyam, Derbyshire||S32 5RB|
The perfect base for exploring The Peak District with your four-legged friend.
|Harbourside Cottage, Seahouses, Northumberland||NE68 7RT|
The perfect place to stay for exploring the Northumberland Coast...it has a great view from the sofa too!
|The Old Poet's Corner||Ashover|
A great country pub for a hearty meal by the open fire on a winter's night.
|The Old Hall Inn, Chinley, High Peak||SK23 6EJ|
The perfect place for refuelling while exploring The Peak District.
|Bamburgh Beach & Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland||NE69 7DF|
One of the best beaches in the world (in our opinion...)
|The Washingborough Hall Hotel, near Lincoln||LN4 1BE|
A super-smart, super-comfy, doggy-friendly hotel.
|Lincoln, Horncastle & Tattershall||LN2 1PX|
Lincoln: well worth a visit. The Christmas market is reputed to be one of the best...
Horncastle: The antiques capital of Lincolnshire.
Where you'll find Tattershall Castle and The Collegiate Holy Trinity Church
|Rutland Water||Rutland Water|
The perfect place to stretch those doggy legs...
Seahouses is the perfect spot from which to explore the wild and wonderful Northumberland Coast.
|Bramshott Common, Hindhead, Hampshire||GU26 6DD|
An ideal spot for a good, long walk....especially if heading along the A3.
|Cliveden Woods, Taplow, Berkshire||SL6 0HJ|
Wonderful Cliveden...the bluebells make this walk even more enjoyable in the springtime.
The River Thames at Henley.
|Burton Park, Duncton, West Sussex A beautiful walk through a private country estate.||GU28 0QU|
A beautiful walk through a private country estate.
|The Fairy Glen||IV51 9YG|
The Mystical Fairy Glen.
|Arrochar, Loch Long, Argyll & Bute||G83 7AA|
Arrochar, Loch Long...
|Castlehaven, near Niton, Isle of Wight||Castlehaven Ln Niton Ventnor PO38|
The well-kept secret that is Castlehaven...
|Hawley Lake, near Farnborough||GU17 9LP|
Hawley Lake, near Farnborough.
|Runnymede in Surrey||TW20 0LB|
Historical Runnymede on the banks of the Thames.
|The Devil’s Punchbowl, Hindhead||GU26 6AB|
The Devil's Punchbowl, Hindhead.
|Cock Marsh and Marsh Meadow, Cookham||SL6 9TJ|
Cock Marsh and Cock Meadow.
|The Thames Path: Hurley Lock towards Marlow||SL6 5NN|
A pretty riverside amble along the Thames.
|28 Stone Cottage in Thorington, Suffolk||IP17 3QN|
28 Stone Cottage in Thorington, Suffolk.
|Bushy Park, Hampton, London||KT8 9DD|
Watch the deer rut in Bushy Path, Hampton.
|The Giant's Causeway, Bushmills, County Antrim||BT57 8SU|
The wonder of The Giant's Causeway, Bushmills, County Antrim.
|Dunstanburgh Castle||Dunstanburgh Castle|
Craster & Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland.
|Craster, Northumberland||NE66 3TW|
Craster, and Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland.
|St. Catherine's Oratory on the Isle of Wight||PO38 2JB|
St. Catherine's Oratory on the Isle of Wight
|Swinley Forest, Berkshire||SL5 8AZ|
Meet Remarkable Trees in Swinley Forest, Berkshire.
|Carisbrooke Priory, Isle of Wight||PO30 1YS|
Carisbrooke Priory, Isle of Wight
|Pagham Harbour, West Sussex||PO21 4TD|
Pagham Harbour, West Sussex
|The River Wey, New Haw, Surrey||KT15 3JH|
The River Wey, New Haw, Surrey
|Glencoe, The Scottish Highlands||PH49 4HX|
Glencoe, The Scottish Highlands
|Butser Hill, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Hampshire||PO8 0QE|
Butser Hill, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Hampshire.
|Crickley Hill Country Park, Cheltenham||GL4 8JY|
Crickley Hill Country Park, Cheltenham
|Wendover Woods, Buckinghamshire||HP22 5NQ|
Wendover Woods, Buckinghamshire
|Warfield Woods, Hare Hatch||RG10 9SX|
Warfield Woods, Hare Hatch
|Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth||BH6 4EN|
Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth
|Caesar's Camp, Bracknell||RG45 6AR|
Caesar's Camp, Bracknell
|Firkin Point, Loch Lomond||G83 7DL|
Firkin Point, Loch Lomond
|Millport, Great Cumbrae||Millport, Great Cumbrae|
Millport, Great Cumbrae
|Saltcoats Beach, Ardrossan||Saltcoats Beach|
Saltcoats Beach, near Ardrossan
|Silverdale Beach, Lancashire||Silverdale Beach, Lancashire|
A Dog Walk by the Sea, on Silverdale Beach, Lancashire.
|The Trigony House Hotel, Dumfriesshire||The Trigony House Hotel, Dumfriesshire|
The Extremely Doggy-friendly Trigony House Hotel, Dumfriesshire.
|Conic Hill, Balmaha, Loch Lomond||Conic Hill, Balmaha|
Conic Hill, Balmaha, Loch Lomond.
|Crowthorne Woods, Berkshire||RG45 6DQ|
Crowthorne Woods, Berkshire.
|The Thatched Tavern in Ascot||SL5 7QG|
Another Superb Meal at The Thatched Tavern in Ascot.
|Windsor Great Park||SL4 2BT||A wonderful place for a proper dog walk...|
|The Bailiwick, Englefield Green||TW20 0HN||An ideal spot for a dog walk and a good lunch...|
|California Country Park, Wokingham||RG40 4HU||A family-friendly, doggy-friendly county park...|
|Verulamium Park, St. Albans||AL3 4SW||A beautiful park, full of history and activity!|
|The Thames Path from Maidenhead to Bray Lock||SL6 8NP|
A gentle riverside amble...
|The Kelpies, Grangemouth||FK3 8YE|
Such a striking sight....well worth a visit.
|The Angel of the North, Gateshead||NE9 7TY|
A perfect place for a pit-stop when travelling along the A1.
|The Falkirk Wheel, Stirlingshire||FK1 4RS|
A mind-blowing piece of engineering...
|Buttersteep Hill, Ascot||SL5 9HP|
A wild and unspoiled woodland, which dogs love...
|Y Cartws Cottage at Penrallt Y Cordde, Ceredigion||SA44 6PE|
The perfect holiday cottage, in a beautiful location, that is extremely doggy-friendly...
|The Ceredigion Coast Path from Tresaith to Aberporth||SA43 2JL|
A gentle amble across the cliff-tops.
|Llangrannog Beach||SA44 6SN|
A pretty little village with a beautiful beach.
|Englemere Pond Nature Reserve, Ascot||SL5 8BB|
Englemere Pond Nature Reserve, Ascot.
|The Ceredigion Coast Path from Penbryn to Llangrannog||SA44 6QL|
A roller-coaster of a walk along a beautiful stretch of coast.
|The Park, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall||Cornwall, THE WEST COUNTRY||TR8 4BD|
A fabulous place for a family-friendly, doggy-friendly holiday
|The Old Thatch Inn, Cheriton Bishop, Dartmoor||EX6 6JH|
The scrummiest ham, egg & (triple-cooked) chips...Oh, and super dog friendly!