PUBLISHED: 10:20 20 October 2014 | UPDATED: 08:45 21 October 2014
A new book of great Norfolk walks shows how much the county has to offer dog walkers.
Angela Youngman is not a dog owner, yet she spotted a demand from dog walkers for a book that highlighted some of the best places to wander with their pets in Norfolk.
“Most weeks I go for walks with friends who have dogs, Freddie and Melodie, two lovely, lively English cocker spaniels,” says Angela, who lives at Tasburgh, south of Norwich. “There are so many wonderful walks around Norfolk in such gorgeous places, but people were telling me that there was not enough information giving ideas about walks for dogs. I have written walks books before, so I decided to take on this challenge.
“It’s not just about the beautiful places you’d probably be aware of, like Sandringham or Thetford Forest, but of the way woods and beaches you can explore with the dog. Norfolk is a county of contrasting landscapes, and not surprisingly, it offers fantastic walking opportunities – especially if you are a dog owner. I have had so much fun doing the research for this book.”
With Freddie and Melodie to give each walk the paws-up, Angela visited locations including Holme-next-the-Sea, the Felbrigg estate, Whitlingham woods, Burgh Castle and Oxborough village. She has collected 20 circular walks, specially for dog walkers and varying in lnegth from two to five miles, for her book Norfolk: A Dog Walker’s Guide.
“Their paws ached at the end of it,” says Angela, “but it was great fun and a wonderful opportunity to explore places we might never have thought of otherwise. My favourites two routes are Ringland, which is a great place to walk at all times of the year, and the beach walk at Holkham which is just amazing - you can walk for miles, especially when it is out of season and not so busy.”
Each walk includes details on nearby vets, where to park and refreshments, and Angela has included a Dog Factors box giving details of any road walking, stiles or grazing livestock – with cute pictures of another friend’s dog, Scamp, who joined the research team on many of their walks.
Norfolk: A Dog Walker’s Guide by Angela Youngman (Countryside Books), priced £7.95, is available from booksellers and some garden centres in Norfolk.
The publishers have organised a special offer for EDP Norfolk magazine readers of £2 off each copy of the book ordered directly from Countryside Books. To take advantage of this offer, ring Jackie on 01635 43816, quoting ref: EDP Norfolk.