Sunday 10th August 2014
Notley Country Park, Braintree, Essex
Gates open at 10am - See our Sow 2014 page for classes
Welcome to Greyhound Walks!
The Mayor and Mayoress of Chelmsford lead the 203 hounds off for the annual New Years Day walk at Hylands Park
Greyhound Walks are a group of greyhound, lurcher and sighthound owners and lovers who regularly meet for an hours stroll, chatter and the sharing of doggy tales in and around Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Hertfordshire.
We always meet on the second Sunday of the month at The Discovery Centre Great Notley Country Park, Braintree, Essex at 10am. We also walk most weekends at other venues in and around our counties, see the Walk Calendar for all our planned walks.
Anyone with a greyhound or lurcher is more than welcome to join us, or anyone who would just like to walk out with greyhounds to see what great pets they make. Maybe even take one for a Test Drive! Just turn up on the day and you'll be made very welcome.
If you join us we ask for all dogs to be kept on the lead at all times, for any owners and walkers to bring their dogs muzzle if they need it, especially new owners. We restrict the walks to greyhounds and lurchers only (other sighthounds please contact us). There's no charge but we do have a voluntary contributions bucket.
Money collected is used to help cover our running costs and primarily help needy Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Norfolk sighthounds through donations and grants. We also donate to other needy sighthound causes, (email our trustees for details on firstname.lastname@example.org).
We also hold GreyhoundPLUS walks where other dogs from your sighthound family can come along too! See the Walk Calendar for details.
Our aims are to:
- socialise our greyhounds, lurchers and ourselves!
- promote and raise awareness of retired greyhounds as family pets.
- provide assistance through grants and donations to needy Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Norfolk greyhounds and sighthounds.
- support Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Norfolk greyhound and lurcher rehoming organisations.
- support other greyhound and lurcher rehoming organisations who share our aims.
The first Greyhound Walk was in April 2006 when Chelsea greyhound, plus 4 others and their families got together after a letter was written to the Braintree & Witham Times seeing if local owners fancied a get-together. Numbers have grown and grown and we now walk in 4 counties 5 times a month
The number of dogs at each walk averages 60 and our record attendance was on 1st January 2013 when 244 dogs went walking.
Greyhound Walks are also the sponsors and coordinators of the national Great British Greyhound Walk - now an annual event held in June