Cotswold Life

Hap­pi­ness is hound-shaped

Stephanie Walton heads out with dogs Sev and Lily to see what the Cotswolds of­fers for so­cially-dis­tanc­ing hounds

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Sev and Lily are two trav­el­ling spaniels who, along with their owner Steph, ad­ven­ture to find the best things to do for dogs all over the UK and be­yond for their blog Stephandth­es­

With the beau­ti­ful Cotswolds right on our doorstep, we’ve en­joyed spend­ing lots of time on gor­geous walks and get­ting out when we’re al­lowed, over the last few months.

With the re­stric­tions eas­ing, we’ve been find­ing out the best things to do in the Cotswolds with your dogs.

Al­ways be aware to fol­low the up to date re­stric­tions and rules and so­cial dis­tance guide­lines for your safety and oth­ers.

En­joy­ing the warmer weather is per­fect with Cotswold Wa­ter Park so close by, and Water­land Out­door pur­suits is great for get­ting out on the wa­ter (or even in it!)

Some of the lakes and ar­eas are dogfriendl­y, not only with great walks but also great pad­dles for hu­man and hound.

We love pad­dle board­ing, and at Water­land Out­door Pur­suits you can now hire kayaks and SUPS or even just go for a swim. As well as this, you can launch your own craft, so this is per­fect for us to get out on our pad­dle­board, which Sev, Lily and I love.

Whilst they’re on the boards, I al­ways pop their life jack­ets on too and en­joy the peace of the wa­ter un­der us, that’s un­til they de­cide to go for a lit­tle swim! I highly rec­om­mend try­ing this; it’s so much fun, and Sev and Lily love it. Al­though it can take a lit­tle time for dogs to get used to be­ing on a kayak or SUP, but once they get used to it, it’s per­fect for all to en­joy.

Of course the only shop­ping the ca­nines are in­ter­ested in are pet shops, and one of our favourites in the Cotswolds area is Dog­house at Brad­ford-on-avon.

Not only is the shop it­self gor­geous, but there’s so much choice and re­ally is a one-stop shop for any­thing your dog may need… or want.

The shop is open with so­cial dis­tanc­ing re­stric­tions, as well as take­away cof­fee and cake, too, which is great to head off for a stroll around lovely BOA af­ter your shop.

The shop has ev­ery­thing from toys to leads, treats, chews, food and more. The per­fect way to stock up and keep your furry friend happy.

We’re lov­ing the long-last­ing chews, as well as the in­ter­ac­tive feed­ing toys, per­fect to keep bored dogs en­ter­tained whilst you’re work­ing from home.

The gor­geous Laven­der Farm is open un­til late July [and may ex­tend longer de­pend­ing on the bloom] and, even bet­ter, dogs are al­lowed to join you as well.

The gor­geous rows of laven­der are just breath­tak­ing, and smell so gor­geous, as well as the long grass and wild­flow­ers, too. Al­though dogs have to stay on leads, it’s such a lovely day out, so per­fect to bring a pic­nic and take a photo or two.

Like most places, they’ve had to work aroynd Covid rules, so sadly the shop and café aren’t open, but there is a small take­away re­freshe­ment sta­tion, and they’re keen for you to bring your own food and drink and en­joy the gor­geous laven­der blos­som in the large fields.

There are so many gor­geous vil­lages in the Cotswolds and, as it’s been slightly quiter through lock­down, it’s a great time for lo­cals to get out more.

Our favourite thing to do is pick a new Cotswold vil­lage to visit for an early morn­ing dog walk, and re­ally do en­joy it.

Our favourites are La­cock and also Cas­tle Combe: with the picteresqu­e streets and pretty houses, it makes for a lovely morn­ing walk with your dog.

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