The Wagtimers like nothing better than a new walk at the weekend so we decided to meet up with our pals & take on Beecraigs and Cockleroy, starting from Beecraigs visitor centre near Linlithgow. Described as "an easy walk through Beecraigs Country Park forest, combined with an ascent of 278m Cockleroy Hill", we thought this would be a dawdle for the Snugster and her seasoned walking buddies continued below...
We set off from the visitor's centre around 11am past the Deer Park. Snuggy didn't mind the deer or the very hairy Highland cows and their very cute calves, but she did mind deer viewing platform which was a bridge like structure with steps where you could see the ground below. The Snugster likes to keep her feet on terra firma.
This obstacle overcome we continued on our walk on good paths through some lovely countryside. The Snugster enjoyed being off the lead and getting the grown ups to play fetch with miscellaneous sticks she found along the path. The mini Wagtimers enjoyed taking Snuggy's lead when needed . We met Leo the 12 week old tri-colour collie puppy on his first walk in the outside world What a lovely place to have your first proper walk and great to see what Snuggy would have looked like when she was a puppy, very cute!!! We didn't pause to join the fishermen attempting to catch Rainbow Trout in Beecraigs Loch but headed further up into the woods.
Not long after this we came across the perfect lunch spot where there were proper picnic tables and lots of happy families out enjoying the dry weather at the beginning of the Scottish school holidays. Fortunately at this point the midgies hadn't yet descended. At one point Carol@Wagtime got very confused because Snuggy's doppelganger was at the next table... Snuggy can move quickly but not that quickly especially when attached to a lead!
Our plans were nearly scuppered when we found our path blocked by fallen trees, but our navigators soon found an alternative way that skirted the blocked path and quickly got us back on track. From there we headed up Cockleroy Hill - not exactly Ben Nevis but enough of a climb to give us a stretch of the legs and there were greats views of the surrounding area i.e. the Ochils, Pentlands and Bridges.
We soon got back to the visitor's centre and headed down to the restaurant where we had tea and scones to recover and Snuggy had a big drink of water. A pleasant day out in a lovely country park on our doorstep.
If you want to follow in the pawprints of the Wagtimers see full walk details here
The tea and scones were very welcome but I would recommend either taking end of walk refreshments with you or heading into Linlithgow to a dog friendly pub like Platform 3 on the High St. click here for details