Luna is "full of energy! Nervous around new people. Loves playing fetch and will run all day. Loves going jogging with me."
- Mike, Cheshire
Part 1 | Mount Snowdon
Luna and Mike hiked to the summit of Mount Snowdon in Wales together. Here's Mike's account of their journey:
Climbing Mount Snowdon with Luna
Bringing a lovely dog into my life was life-changing in so many different ways. Yet, perhaps the most exciting benefit was also the least expected... With Luna as my companion I have discovered that outdoor adventures are more appealing than ever before!
Recently, I got itchy feet and started wondering where we could go for a great day out. Friends and family thought I was crazy for talking about a trip up to the top of Mount Snowdon with my Cockapoo.... After all, this is the highest mountain in Wales at 1,085 metres (3,560 ft).
I admit that I was worried that she might get over-excited or get hurt, although the actual distance and exercise didn’t seem to be excessive for her. There was far more chance of me getting tired out than of Luna suffering exhaustion.
Planning in advance was the key to our success, the day went smoothly and it was very enjoyable for both of us.
Picking the Right Route
I decided on the Llanberis Path to the top of the mountain. At 7.5km each way, this appears to be the longest route up but it is also the gentlest in terms of the gradient, and is generally considered to be the easiest way up too. The Llanberis route runs alongside parts of the Snowdon Mountain Railway line and it is the scene of the Snowdon Race each year.
It is important to remember that any mountain of this height is potentially dangerous as the weather can change suddenly, cutting you off from the rest of the world. However, the day I had chosen for the trip turned out be nice and clear.
An Early Start
Leaving home at 4 in the morning had seemed like a good idea the night before, but not so great when the alarm started ringing at an ungodly hour! Thankfully, it seemed like a good idea again once we got to our starting point. Luna had slept during the car journey so she was ready to go once we arrived, and I was feeling pretty good too.
We arrived at 6am and had the mountain virtually all to ourselves. Luna was excited by the early start and we started off briskly. Well, maybe too briskly...
Luna was using a new, longer outdoor lead and she was so enthusiastic about the climb that she pulled a lot more than she normally does. I had bought her a new outdoor coat for the occasion but the day was dry and not too cold so she didn’t need it in the end.
Lots of Other Dogs
I had wondered beforehand whether we would meet many other dogs on the route, and we came across tons of them, with quite a few Cockapoos among them!
Luna enjoyed meeting some new friends and was in great spirits by the time we reached the top.
On the way back down again we stopped at a friendly pub before getting to the car. The guy working there very kindly gave Luna some free dog biscuits, which she loved.
While she was wolfing down her well-deserved treats, I enjoyed an equally well-deserved beer with my friend Bez. By the time we were on the road back home Luna was fast asleep in the back of the car again after a tiring, but hugely enjoyable day out.
I would definitely recommend this walk with your dog if you want to share a special experience together. It isn’t the most difficult climb in the world but it is a lot of fun and the views are spectacular.
Overall, I would recommend the Llanberis route for walking with your your four-legged friend, although you should definitely take care to look out for any icy patches on the way.
With a bit of forward planning you can make this an easy, enjoyable day out!
We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Mike and Luna for sharing this experience with Paws across Britain! For more information about anything and everything to do with Cockapoos, head over to their website www.cockapoohq.com
Part 2 | The Brecon Beacons
A Lovely Trip To The Brecon Beacons With Luna, written by Mike:
I have always felt that when you have a dog, it is your duty to take them out as much as possible. For me, this is one of the best reasons for owning a dog: having that excuse to get out and about and explore the world around you with your furry little friend. Which is why I try to take my Cockapoo Luna out with me as often as I can.
Sometimes we just go out for the day, or even a morning; while on other occasions my girlfriend and I take Luna away for both weekend and week long trips to new and interesting places around our beautiful country.
Obviously, we try to find the best places for dog owners since it is better financially than paying the boarding fees for a kennel for Luna.
The Lowdown On Ty Mawr
One of the more recent holidays we took was to the Brecon Beacons, to stay at a cute cottage named The Dairy, which is part of the Ty Mawr Collection in Llanfrynach, deep within the Brecon Beacons National Park.
The Dairy Cottage
The Dairy is a beautifully restored cottage that is very welcoming and nostalgic. The interior features lots of exposed timber, soft and subtle coloured walls with hints of deep reds and greens here and there. It definitely has a very comfortable, yet rustic charm. The under-floor heating and log burner fire are enough to keep the cold weather outside away. We loved the fact that you are essentially given an unlimited supply of kindling and logs for the fire too. This was definitely a highlight for all of us, but Luna in particular who seemed to love curling up in front of the fire, having little doggy dreams about running around and playing fetch (undoubtedly!).
Great Facilities For Dogs and Humans
The thing that attracted us to Ty Mawr, and the Dairy in particular, was the fact that it seemed like a great place to stay for humans but was incredibly dog-friendly too. You can bring a maximum of two dogs, as long as they are older than 12 months. As part of the grounds of the Dairy, there is a very large and enclosed garden where we let Luna play fetch and run around. As the owner has two Labradoodles, Luna enjoyed getting to know and playing with her new friends. There is also a relaxing patio that we sat on while she let off steam.
The fact that the owner of the cottage was a dog lover meant we could relax and know that we were welcome and that they would be laid back about Luna. The cottage itself was incredibly well decorated, kept to a high standard of cleanliness and tidiness and was kitted out with everything you really could want or need.
As it had an open plan design for most of the living space, it felt cosy without feeling too cramped and the kitchen had all the white goods and electrical appliances you need for a great self-catered holiday. A gas stove, electric oven along with a dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge, freezer and microwave meant we could wash our clothes and stay clean even if we got muddy from roaming around outside.
Enjoyable Activities Around Llanfrynach
Thanks to its location we were well placed for easy access to the Brecon Beacons National Park and the town of Llanfrynach. As most pubs are dog-friendly there, we were never short of places to stop and have a drink or a bite to eat, while Luna had some water and a rest. The Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal was very close to the cottage, so we enjoyed getting the most out of walks alongside that and Luna loved her time off the leash.
Llanfrynach and the national park are really the kinds of places where you can have a great time, whatever you prefer doing. If you are just interested in relaxing and chilling out to escape the city for a few days, you can do that here. Whereas if you like exploring, like we do, there is so much to see and do – we didn't even really have time to fit everything in during the short time we were there.
All in all, we had a lovely break at the Dairy and enjoyed exploring the local countryside, as did Luna. However, as active and playful as she is – I think Luna really loved that log burner fire the most.
Thanks again to Mike and Luna for sharing this experience with Paws across Britain! Head to www.poochingaround.co.uk for more articles from Mike!
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