After what feels like an eternity in lockdown we have resumed our quest to discover the best dog friendly locations across Britain… starting with The Wolseley Centre in our home county of Staffordshire.
The Wolseley Centre is also the HQ of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and, since we’ve spent a lot of time exploring local nature reserves with Elsa and Buffy over the past few weeks, this seemed like an ideal place to feature as we make our comeback to the blog!
Described as ‘one of the country’s hidden gems’, the entire site is completely free to visit (including the car park) although they do encourage donations. We didn’t actually go into the visitor centre as many of the facilities were closed due to the current restrictions, so we set straight off exploring the site. [As a side note, their website does state that the cafe also has dog friendly section inside the building - which is good to know for future visits when they are fully open again.]
Dogs must be kept on leads at all times throughout the site and there are signs to explain why this is necessary. Although Buffy and Elsa were very curious about the wildfowl they were content enough to observe the ducks and geese from a distance without disturbing them. One thing that I noticed was that there are so many types of terrain and scenery, it’s a great place to let dogs experience different textures from sandy riverbanks to grassy fields and gravel paths. There is so much to see and sniff!
We were delighted to see that the Kingfisher Cafe was open for takeaway orders, and there is a small seating area outside which wasn’t too busy so we were able to sit and enjoy a light lunch, including possibly the best carrot cake I have ever tasted!!