A 3 mile circular walk around the wooded Pennine valley of Hardcastle Crags, near Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Owned by the National Trust the valley comprises a beautiful shallow river, Hebden Water with steep wooded valley sides and you will have chance to discover lots of wildlife plus some industrial archaeology along the way. If you have children with you, you may wish to bring along crayons and paper as there are several engraved markers around the site, showing the various leaves and seeds in the woodland.
Five family activities to enjoy with your dog
There’s nothing quite as much fun for a family as spending time together with your family’s dog. If you’re a dog owner, you know this already – watching these friendly animals bounding around, grinning from ear to ear, enjoying being with the family, just puts a smile on your face like nothing else quite can. And with the weather cooling off soon as the autumn approaches, it’s a great time of year to get outside and enjoy some family activities with your dog. Here are five activities we think you might all enjoy!
1. Family walk
A casual walk is always a great way to spend some time with your canine friend, and in general it’s healthy to take long walks whenever the weather permits. But this season, consider doing something a bit more ambitious – take a family walk through our beautiful countryside, and of course take your dog too. It’s great exercise, time spent together, and it will satisfy your dog’s desire to explore.
2. Family sports
This is an inexpensive and fun way to enjoy some outdoor activity with your dog. Whether it’s kicking a football around or throwing a frisbee, sports can help you to bond as a family, and give your dog a great way to get rid of some energy! Frisbee is a particularly great family dog activity, as the dog will be able to participate.
3. Holiday festivities
Depending on where you live, the autumn holiday season – basically, Halloween and the days surrounding the occasion – can be incredibly pleasant outside. And, if that’s the case, there are usually some fun, festive outdoor occasions – pumpkin picking, costume parties, general Halloween parties, etc. If possible, bring your dog along! Outdoor gatherings with friends and family are ideal environments for your pet to get some playtime.
4. A day at the seaside
Weather permitting, a day at the seaside (or on the river or lake) can be great for your dog. If possible, consider renting a boat and getting out on the water for a day of boating, swimming, and possibly fishing. Most dogs enjoy swimming, so giving your 4-legged pal the chance to dive in is a great treat. Grab a picnic hamper and a few dog treats at M&S before you head out, and you’ll be in for a comfortable and relaxing day as a family out on the water.
5. Camping trip
Finally, you can always consider a family camping trip on a Friday night, or even for a whole weekend. Check out Cool Camping for a look at some of the UK’s very best destinations and campsites. Then just pack up the car with backpacks, a tent, and supplies, pick up your pooch, and be on your way! There’s nothing like time out in nature to bond as a family, and your dog will really enjoy being in a new environment with the family.