Big Walkies are a Cambridgeshire based community group who organise walks for the local community and their dogs. You don’t even need to own a dog to join and Big Walkies membership is completely free!
The group have recently had some tail waggingly exciting praise:
Julian Huppert MP for Cambridge said:
“There is no better way to enjoy our beautiful countryside than to share it with friends, whether human or animal. I hope that Big Walkies continues to grow, and that more people and dogs come together to make the most of the landscape that Cambridgeshire has to offer.”
Caroline Kisko, Communications Director for the Kennel Club said:
“The Kennel Club loves to see initiatives that encourage the inclusion of dogs in the community whilst promoting responsible dog ownership. Groups like Big Walkies are a great way for dogs and owners to stay fit and healthy whilst fostering a sense of community.”
Andrew Lansley CBE MP said:
“What a wonderful initiative Big Walkies is. This is a great example of the Big Society in action, and there are few greater pleasures than coming together with our neighbours and friends in our parklands and open spaces. And of course from a health perspective, this is good for the dogs and good for the owners!”
So why not join in the fun and visit www.bigwalkies.org.uk for more information or to register as a member for free!
As Big Walkies is a community group and not funded, they welcome a donation at the end of their events (suggested £1). However, this is a donation and you are not expected to pay this.
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Big Walkies History:
In August 2010, Director, Becca Bryant tried organising a BBQ for her dog, Buddy's, 1st birthday. It would be a chance for her to get together with friends and also for Buddy to meet their dogs.
The day of the BBQ came and it had to be cancelled, so Jackie (co-director) suggested that we meet at Hinchingbrooke Park to walk our dogs the next month. So on a sunny afternoon in September 2010 Jackie, Becca, Lalli, Fairy and Ian met up to walk the dogs. It was then decided that we should keep this as a monthly occurrence and via Facebook the amount of people meeting for each walk grew and grew and grew!
In January 2011 we had around 20 people walking with us and their dogs, we then thought that we should meet up at a different dog walk the next month. Becca looked on the internet to find walks in Cambridgeshire and couldn't find anything! Well she could, but it wasn't all in one place. Finding this frustrating Becca set to work making a website with recommended walks in Cambridgeshire.... this then evolved into Big Walkies as we know it now.
More and more people wanted to join the group and walk with us as apposed to suggesting walks and local dog services. So in February 2011 the website went live, we now (July 2011) have over 300 members registered and walks taking place monthly in Cambridgeshire. Also weekly walks in St Ives, Ramsey and St Neots.