Dog lovers are in for a treat this spring, with the launch of a series of charity dog walks in the great British countryside.
The family-friendly days out are being held between March and June 2017 to raise funds to train hearing dogs.
More than 4,000 people and over 500 dogs of all shapes and sizes are expected to take part in the events, organised by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
There will be two different routes to choose from at each venue, many of which include National Trust properties.
There will be refreshments and entertainment on offer and walkers are also welcome to bring a picnic. Anyone who books will be entered into a prize draw to win a luxury Forest Holidays getaway.
A spokesperson for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People said: “Hearing dogs transform their recipient’s lives by providing a special kind of independence, confidence and inclusion whether at home or out and about.
“Hearing dogs alert their owners to important sounds that hearing people often take for granted such as the doorbell, alarm clock and smoke alarm.
“Unlike a hearing ‘gadget’ a hearing dog also provides a warmth of companionship that can boost a recipient’s confidence enough to face the outside world and increase social and professional interaction thereby significantly improving health and wellbeing.”
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People's Chief Executive Michele Jennings says: “The Charity is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year and is very proud to have had such a positive impact on thousands of lives.
“But we couldn't have achieved what we have without the help of our wonderful supporters taking part in events such as The Great British Dog Walk and the dedication of all our volunteers.
“Following the success of last year’s events, I hope the 2017 walks in our great British countryside get tails wagging and faces smiling all over the UK.”
To sign-up to your nearest Great British Dog Walk and for more information visit greatbritishdogwalk.org.
The Great British Dog Walk 2017 venues are:
Gibside, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear (Sunday 12 March)
Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex (Saturday 18 March)
Holyrood Park, Edinburgh (Sunday 19 March)
Croome Court, Worcester (Saturday 25 March)
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (Sunday 2 April)
Margam Country Park, Port Talbot (Sunday 9 April)
Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe (Saturday 22 April)
Gisburn Forest, Lancashire (Saturday 22 April)
Windsor Great Park, Berkshire (Saturday 29 April)
Whitelees Windfarm, Eaglesham, Glasgow (Sunday 7 May)
Ickworth Park, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk (Sunday 7 May)
Lyme Park, Stockport, Cheshire (Saturday 13 May)
Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks, Kent (Saturday 13 May)
Wimpole Hall, Arrington, Cambridgeshire (Sunday 14 May)
Kedleston Hall, Derby (Saturday 20 May)
Foxbury Common, Hampshire (Sunday 21 May)
Stowe, Buckinghamshire (Sunday 4 June)
Haddo House and Country Park, Aberdeenshire (Saturday 10 June)
Canonteign Falls, Exeter (Sunday 11 June)
Tickets to each event are £10 in advance for adults online at greatbritishdogwalk.org or £12 on the day.
Children under 16 are free. Shorter routes are suitable for parents with buggies.
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