Autumn is one of my favourite times to get outdoors, you get to see all the pretty colour, it’s generally dry, if not a little on the chilly side, but overall pleasant, it’s kind of perfect dog walking weather. Falcon obviously doesn’t care about such weather concerns, he wants to get out no matter what the weather, so when Millets got in touch to kit me out for one of our future dog walks I jumped at the chance, yep no shivering for me.
First up for any walk in the UK you need a good coat, and this Peter Storm Down Frost Jacket, with its 90/10 duck down insulation is super cosy, and for added warmth the pockets are lined with a special fabric that acts as a handwarmer, and its water repellent outer will also see off the rain, so this jacket will see you through autumn into winter with ease. The other great thing I love about this jacket is the weight, it is super lightweight and will go over most outfits, so can be easily grabbed on the way out when Falcon is very eager to get going.
Next up for a comfortable walk has to be footwear. In the summer I generally get away with using trainers, but add in a little mud and they can be easily ruin, and they don’t exactly keep your feet warm do they. So, for longer walks I opt for walking boots, however, my ones, which I’ve had for over 10 years, were getting a little tired and worn out, last time I wore them my feet were soaked, so before the winter really hits us I thought a new pair were in order. Millets has a great choice but I really liked the look of the Brasher Country Trekker Walking Boots, aimed for generally dog walking to more adventurous walking trails, everything I need in a boot, plus when I tried them on they were so comfortable and easy to get on, always a bonus.
Other outfit tips, wear layers, you will be surprised by how warm or cold you might get, I love the stripy tops from Joules, pack a hat and a pair of gloves, I have put together a great bobble hat collection since Falcon joined the family, normally it is a given for all outdoor activity come October but it was so warm on this warm that I left it in my bag. But my biggest tip is to make sure you are comfortable so always try on your coat over layers and your boots with the right socks. It can really spoil a walk when your gear isn’t comfortable.
3 great dog walks in Kent & East Sussex
Since we moved to Kent finding cool spots to walk Falcon has been a top priority, this dog needs a lot of exercise, and varied walks, so we’ve been doing a little exploring the past few months, and I’ve found three great spots to go on a dog walk that will have your dog snoozing in front of the fire when you get home.
White Cliffs of Dover
I still can’t believe I’ve never done this walk before, I’ve only ever seen the white cliffs of Dover from a ferry when I was a teenager. But trust me this National Trust walk, up to the Victorian lighthouse and back is a great dog walk, the views are amazing, and you can enjoy a cuppa and a cake in the middle to keep your strength up at the cute tearoom, which is served in bone china teapots and cups. You can also go up the lighthouse and see the amazing view of the boats in the channel, you just have to take it in turns as no dogs allowed.
Bedgebury National Pinetum
The National Pinetum has one of the world’s finest conifer collections and has a great circular walk that’s perfect for seeing all the amazing trees and wildlife, and in the autumn there is a special autumn trail pointing out all the wonderful trees that change colour. There is much more than just dog walks here, the forest also has special cycle and riding trails, as well as a Go Ape. Top tip, make up a flask of tea before the walk and a few nibbles and take a seat overlooking the lake, especially in autumn the colours are amazing reflecting in the water.
Falcon loves going to the beach and getting wet in the sea, well that is until a seagull comes too close, he can be a big scaried cat. During the summer months dogs aren’t allowed on the lovely sandy section of Camber Sands but from October 1 until April dogs can roam where ever they want, so no more trekking across pebbly beaches. It is a great stretch of beach, with sand dunes and lots of space for a crazy puppy like Falcon to run around. I love going just before the sun goes down as the sunsets from the beach are spectacular to see.
Do you have a go-to dog walking style?
My Style: Millets – Peter Storm – Down Frost Jacket (c/o) // Millets – Brasher – Country Trekker Walking Boots (c/o) // Donna Ida – Jeans // Joules – Stripy Top //