New to the Forest of Dean? Just acquired a dog? Here on holiday? Bored with the same old dog walks? Or you might not even have a dog, but just like walking.
This book of 20 walks in the heart of the Forest, including route maps and detailed instructions, has been put together by dedicated dog owner and walker Cheryl Mayo under the guidance of her border collie Sammy. The walks start from well known spots such as Wenchford, Mallards Pike and The Cyril Hart Arboretum and vary in length from just over a mile to just over 4 miles. Summary descriptions tell you not just length and estimated timings, but how much uphill work is involved!
“Sammy lives for his walks”, says Cheryl, who with her husband David Harris, retired to the Forest five years ago. “I spent so much time exploring the Forest that my husband said to me one day: you should do a book of dog walks.” The idea took off from there. “As far as we know, it hasn’t been done before. There are numerous general walks books for the Forest and the Wye Valley but this is targeted at people who want to stroll through the Forest with their dog for an hour or so, not go for a half day ramble.”
The book has been a family business, designed and published by David. “My main role has been to walk around the Forest with a notebook, writing down instructions – and then checking and re-checking them, not that Sammy has minded!” said Cheryl.
And of course you don’t need a dog to follow these walks. They mainly follow Forestry tracks and waymarked paths and make good family weekend or holiday strolls.
For information about the book or to order a copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org . “Sammy’s Walks” is also available from local retailers and gift shops and is priced at £6.50.