DELIGHTFUL DOG WALKING IN SURREY
Residents of Surrey could not be more fortunate to be surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful countryside – providing ample opportunity for a relaxing walk alongside all furry friends. Recently, Dan, better known as @walkfishuk on Instagram had a quick break from taking images of stunning scenery and sat down with us at Hound & Porter to talk about all things dog walking in the local area.
Q: Hi Dan. Firstly, why do you think it is important for us to get out and about with man’s best friend?
A: I think for many reasons, but the fitness aspect is crucial as a good bracing walk through the hills provides a great cardiovascular and muscle work out. The more energetic your dog, the more you walk and the fitter you will get. My dog, Bear has bundles of energy, so he keeps me on my toes. The exercise is also good for letting off steam on the weekend after a long week at work.
In addition, I think that just being outside, engaging with other friendly dog walkers and seeing the natural beauty of the countryside boosts your mood and allows you to see all things in a positive light.
Q: So,what is it that makes Surrey great for dog walking?
A: Surrey appears to be unlimited with places to walk with Bear. We both like to explore so I am always looking for new places to go and even after two years, I’m still discovering more hidden gems all the time.
Many of the best spots incorporate the North Downs Way. The North Downs way is a National Trail that stretches from Farnham, Surrey to the White Cliffs of Dover, well known for its scenic paths and great views across the downs, some parts are quite hilly so can take a bit of an effort but very worth it.
Along the North Downs Way, you will find popular spots such as Box Hill, Ranmore Common, Denbies Wine Estate, Gatton Park and Titsey Hill. But you still shouldn’t be restricted to this as Surrey is awash with scenic places to take dogs, including Esher Common, Virginia Water, Epsom Downs, Banstead Common, Farthing Downs, Godstone, Oxted, Limpsfield… I could go on!
Q: What are your favourite spots near Reigate?
Reigate is full of places to walk your dogs including one of my favourites, the National Trust’s Reigate Hill and Gatton Park, a series of kept paths including a small section of the North Downs Way. The great views, cafe and free parking make this a popular spot, so it’s a fun place for sociable dogs. For the more adventurous, Reigate Heath is an excellent option – although one must be wary of golfers!
It is also worth noting that nearby in Mogador is Banstead Heath. This area contains a fantastic dog-friendly pub, ‘The Sportsman’ which always manages to pull the perfect pint after a long, brisk walk.
If you would like to find out more about Chris’ tips and recommendations, please contact our friendly team at Hound & Porter for impartial advice on 01737 317 880.