The North East - a dog's eye view
Our Jack Russell friend, Pig, has got a nose for sniffing out the best places to explore in the North East.
Bring along your four-legged friends and follow some of his top suggestions of where to visit next time you're out walking.
Head for the beach
There's nowhere better than a trip to the seaside for dogs. There are gulls to bark at, sand to bounce over as well as great stretches of open space to play fetch or chase a ball. There's also the sea for a quick paddle and splash about.
Pig’s top tip: “When heading for the beach, put Low Newton by the Sea on the top of your list. The dunes are great fun for chasing and playing hide and seek in whilst the beach is flat and goes on for miles and miles - perfect for running around when I've got lots of energy.”
National Trust places are ideal for sniffing things out around every corner. At places like Wallington there's a lot for a dog to sniff out whilst out on a walk. In the west woods or down by the river there are plenty of places to pick up the scent, follow a trail and see who's been visiting before you!
Pig’s top tip: 'There are miles and miles of paths to roam at Wallington, but I’d definitely recommend the river walk. It’s great for just a quick one hour circular walk with some top smells to sniff out along the way - doggy paradise.'
Make time for a teabreak
We all like a walk that ends with a refreshment top up, and dogs are no different. Go for a walk and stop off at one of our many tearooms. There's nothing better than a hot cup of tea and slice of cake after a walk and for dogs, a big bowl of water is just what they'll be wanting.
Pig’s top tip: 'After a long walk I love nothing more than a good stretch and a rest followed by a refreshing drink of water. I'm always made welcome at places like Souter Lighthouse, Gibside and Hadrian’s Wall.'
Roam the countryside
Packing a picnic and heading out into the countryside is what makes a great day out. We've got some amazing places for dogs to walk, such as Roseberry Topping, Allen Banks and Staward Gorge, Penshaw Monument and The Leas.
Pig’s top tip: 'You can’t beat the dash to get to the top of Roseberry Topping. It’s great to catch my breath back, see the open countryside and find all sorts of games to play along the way.'
Looking after places
We’re sure you’ll love the National Trust places you discover in the North East as much as your dog does. We’re certainly pretty fond of them. That’s why we work so hard to look after them. You can help by doing all the usual stuff, like picking up after your dog and keeping the lead on in busy areas.
At certain times of year at some places – for example, those with heather moorland – we’ll ask you to keep your dog on a lead. This is to protect wildlife at particularly vulnerable times – for example, birds nesting on the ground.