Walks in any weather

As you look at some of the photos in my previous posts, you may well think I only walk dogs on nice sunny days. So here to prove that is definitely not true is a picture of my dog Pippa having a walk around the local recreation ground. It was dark, damp and foggy but surprisingly not that cold.

Last winter I did some amazing walks in the snow and only had to cancel one day of walks because of bad weather. Dogs love snow of course. Pippa is not so keen on fog though!

Lake Waverley

It’s amazing how a place can change in a relatively short space of time. Today’s photo shows Lake Waverley, just off Sheffield Parkway. Although it’s now a housing development and home to the advanced manufacturing park as well as the lake, the area, known officially as Orgreave was once very different. Everything you see here now is totally man-made to disguise the fact this was once the site of a colliery and the Orgreave coking plant, where coal was turned into coke for use in the steel industry.

The area became infamous due to the miners strike of the mid-1980s, when it was the site of the well known ‘battle of Orgreave’ between police and striking miners. The rights and wrongs of what happened back then are still hotly debated to this day. One thing is certain though… nothing being fought over back then survives today. The coking plant and the associated colliery closed down and the site was completely flattened. Look around now and you would never know there had ever been any industry there at all.

The old colliery

Some of the places I go dog walking have quite a lot of history. One such place is the old pit site at Nether Langwith. Right beside the railway, this was once a busy coal mine with it’s own exchange sidings. However, like other similar sites in the area, almost every trace of the colliery has been wiped out and the whole area has been landscaped.

Yellow trees

The weather has been warmer this last couple of days. It hasn’t stopped autumn making it’s presence felt though. While out walking Rupert this morning I came across this row of bright yellow trees, which were made all the more dramatic against the stormy looking skies.

First frost of winter

It seems to have suddenly gone from summer to winter over this last weekend. I woke up this morning to a covering of thick white frost, which only seemed to melt where the sun directly hit it.

The cold didn’t stop Rupert wanting his walk though.

Up, up and away!

The good news for today is that the rain that has been making things feel very cold and miserable for the last few days finally stopped. Not only that, but the sun even tried to break through the clouds at one point. It was still a bit breezy, but not enough to deter some brave individuals from taking to the skies in a hot air balloon! It’s seen in the photo above gliding over the Waverley estate near Sheffield. If you look carefully you’ll see that it is actually a giant ladybird!

Wet start to week

It’s been a bit of a damp start to the week, with rain for most of the day yesterday. Bad weather doesn’t stop the walks though and Rupert had his usual hour on the old railway track, splashing through the puddles and sniffing in the piles of fallen leaves.

It’s starting to feel very autumnal out there, which may account for a sudden increase in the number of requests we are getting for walks. If your dog needs walking or any other pet needs feeding etc while you are out, just give us a call on 07837 306824.

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