EAST CHESHIRE RAM­BLERS THE DOGFATHER

Wilmslow Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

VIS­TAS and val­leys from Pym Chair THE sum­mit of Shin­ing Tor, at 559m, is the high­est point in Cheshire.

It is sit­u­ated on a fine ridge walk, popular with East Cheshire Ram­blers, and af­fords su­perb views to­wards lo­cal land­marks, such as Shut­lingsloe (506m) and The Cat and Fid­dle Inn on Bux­ton New Road.

The ridge forms part of the bor­der be­tween Cheshire and Der­byshire, and fol­lows an old pack­horse route used to carry salt from Cheshire and lime and coal from Der­byshire.

Shin­ing Tor was the first of sev­eral high points on a re­cent nine-mile walk, when 25 ram­blers set off from Pym Chair car park, led by An­drew Davies.

Af­ter their grad­ual climb along the ridge and time to ad­mire the sum­mit vista, the ram­blers de­scended steeply, track­ing gen­er­ally west then north­ward along An­drew’s Edge on rough grass­land.

They en­joyed a short break over­look­ing pic­turesque King’s Clough and La­maload Reser­voir, be­fore con­tin­u­ing across rather boggy moor­land to Red­moor Farm, then down and up a short steep stretch of road to Jenkin Chapel.

A more grad­ual as­cent on tracks and paths took them past Green Booth to Sum­mer­close and Charles Head farms, though they paused on the way for a pic­nic lunch gaz­ing across the steeply-sided val­ley to­wards Windgather Rocks, which they would reach later along their route.

Soon they were once again de­scend­ing steeply, this time to cross Todd Brook, be­fore climb­ing more grad­u­ally on its far side past Near Carr Farm to Five Lane Ends.

As the walk­ers turned south along Taxal Edge and Windgather Rocks, the low sun to the west broke through the clouds, and faint shafts of sun­light against the mid-af­ter­noon mist lent a rather mys­ti­cal qual­ity to the land­scape.

A fi­nal mile along this ridge brought the ram­blers back to the car park, where all agreed it had been a very en­joy­able walk.

For more in­for­ma­tion about East Cheshire Ram­blers’ cur­rent walk­ing pro­gramme, visit www.ram­blers eastcheshire.co.uk.

trainer Vic Bar­low, aka The Dogfather, runs train­ing ses­sions for pets and their own­ers.

week he ex­plains why you can­not lie to a dog...

Own­ers fre­quently tell me how ‘clever’ their dogs are and that’s true, but not in the way they mean.

My dog El­lie got stuck be­hind a fence re­cently and couldn’t work out that drag­ging a nearby log to the wall would en­able her to hop over eas­ily.

That kind of logic is be­yond them.

What she, and all dogs, can do, which con­stantly as­tounds me, is read other an­i­mals – and that in­cludes us. You can­not lie to a dog. Things you can hide from your spouse, sis­ter or mother you can­not hide from a dog.

He’ll read ev­ery mi­nor shift in your mood and re­act ac­cord­ingly.

I had a gen­tle­man owner strug­gling in class re­cently with a Bor­der Col­lie who pulled in­ces­santly on the lead.

To give the owner a break I swapped his dog for Tally, my lit­tle yel­low Lab who was trot­ting along at my heel.

Within five min­utes Tally was pulling him along while his Col­lie was walk­ing hap­pily by my side.

Both dogs read the sit­u­a­tion and ad­justed their be­hav­iour, it’s what all dogs do and you can­not fool them.

It isn’t what you say that in­flu­ences your dog’s be­hav­iour it’s what you are think­ing and it’s the num­ber one rea­son dogs lunge at other dogs.

If you see an­other dog ap­proach­ing and pic­ture an ag­gres­sive re­sponse that’s ex­actly what you will get.

Dogs do not worry about the fu­ture or dwell on the past (hu­mans do that) dogs live in the mo­ment.

That’s why dogs who have just fought each other will lie down to­gether five min­utes later.

In or­der for a dog to over­come pre­vi­ous bad ex­pe­ri­ences YOU need to let go of the past and project con­fi­dence.

It’s not easy at first but you can do it with prac­tice.

I have seen too many suc­cess sto­ries to be im­pressed with set-backs.

Once you are on the jour­ney, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion is in­evitable.

For more help, visit vicbar­low.com or text Vic on 07590 560012.

Ram­blers at An­drew’s Edge with La­maload Reser­voir in the dis­tance

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Bull­dog Al­fie who con­quered all his fears to ecome Most Im­proved Dog of the Year

View to­wards Shut­lingsloe from Shin­ing Tor

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