St Ives woman starts Big Walkies dog walking club

AS ideas go, this one has legs ... four, to be precise.

AS ideas go, this one has legs ... four, to be precise.

Humans looking for a good walk and some social interaction can join the Ramblers.

Dogs – and, of course, their owners – can now get involved in Big Walkies, a group set up by a dog-lover from St Ives.

Becca Bryant’s idea is spreading across Huntingdonshire.

The 25-year-old, of California Road, set up the Big Walkies website after discovering there was a lack of information about dog-friendly walks in Huntingdonshire.

Weekly group dog walks are arranged through the site, and members – about 150 are registered – can recommend good dog-walking routes.

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Becca said: “My friends and I tried to find a different dog walk every week but after scouring the internet we found there weren’t many listed.

“So I decided to set up a website that would recommend dog walks in Hunts and Cambs and this has spilled over into Suffolk.

“We’ve also had interest from as far away as Leeds, Cardiff, Devon and Cornwall, and it is my ambition to see the network spread across the country.”

The latest weekly dog walks to be set up in Cambridgeshire are in St Neots, Ramsey and St Ives.

The St Neots walks are being organised by veterinary nurse Bryony Peacock and Big Walkies co-director Jackie Fitzpatrick.

Bryony, who runs her own business The Pet Nurse, and who also works for the Royal Veterinary College in London, said: “I would say to anyone who has a dog to come along and reap both the mental and physical health benefits.

“For the first half an hour all the dogs are kept on their leads so they can get socialised within the group.

“I’m also quite happy to look at any animals that may have problems with one thing or another.”

INFORMATION: The St Neots walk takes place on Saturday, meeting at the Coneygeare car park at 10.30am. For details of how to register for this or any other walk visit