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Flynn hits the hills


For todays walk I was planning on taking Flynn with me , I would really like to take Bob as well but as I am not 100% happy with the amount of control I have with the two of them off there leads amongst the sheep I really don’t want to take the chance , no I will wait a bit longer before I take both of them out together into the hills , so that meant it was Flynn’s turn today , somehow he knew it was his turn again and was waiting by the front door as soon as I came down the stairs , breakfast was thrown down my neck , woofed down by Flynn and then it was gear and stuff thrown into the car and off we went .

I was planning to park up at Clennell Hall and do a sort of training walk , with a bit training for Flynn and I could get some training walking over different types of surfaces and chambers plus a bit of the ups and downs thrown in.

We duly arrived, gear was sorted, coffee was made and drunk, I read Flynn the riot act and he as always barked back that he would behave and could we please make a start. So that was it, off we went, I had Flynn on his extendable lead for the first part of the walk, mainly because we where surrounded by sheep and I wasn’t sure how he would react, he has proven himself in the past BUT he is still a very young pup and easily excited, however he seemed more interested in sniffing and cocking his leg at every thing we past and when I say every thing I mean every thing and so we made our way slowly along the valley , I love this valley and never get tired of looking around even though I must know almost every blade of grass and rock .

I was planning to see how I got on with a bit of a steep climb, the last time I tried I was rewarded with some serious pain in the stump and so have been avoiding any steep up hill bits, today we would see how I got on. Flynn had once again proved himself by not bothering with the sheep and so I let him off the lead, I knew that he wouldn’t go very far away from me and so we both set off up the farmers quad bike track up the Dodd, at 332 meter it certainly isn’t the highest hill in this area but believe me within minutes my lungs where bursting and my head was starting to turn a funny shade of red , Flynn of course had four leg drive and youth on his side and wandered up , tail wagging and didn’t even look as if this was a hill, about half way up I sat down (which really means that I dropped in a snotty heap)for a five minute break , so far so good with the stump pains , nothing yet ! if only my lungs would start to work , several minutes later I was up and plodding up towards the high point , my route for the day was to follow the ridge line along the valley , up past Kitty crags along to Puncherton Hill (410 meters) then cut over to Ravens crag and cut down some seriously steep hill side to the Allerhope burn where if I hadn’t died due to lack of breath just getting there or slipped and fallen down the hill or even drowned crossing the burn we would link up with a delightful grassy forestry track that would take us back down to the valley bottom.

However as we started to get a bit of height, we where introduced to some seriously strong winds, ………….this wasn’t part of the plan, CONT ON LINK;









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Hi Mick,

As always great photos and commentary! Thanks,


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