Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Schnauzer Walks - Part One.

My home town of Teesside often gets negative reviews from the people who live here (and often even people who don't) about it being a rubbish, industrial, scruffy place to live with nothing to do. And yes, some parts might be, but is that not the same for every town or city in the country?!

Teesside has so many beautiful places within the area itself and also close to the area. Today I'm talking about Sheepwash at Osmotherely, aka Cod Beck Reservoir, aka the place every man and his dog go on a hot Summer's day because it's just too beautiful not to pack up a picnic and while away the day chilling by the waters edge. 

Osmotherely is just 15 minutes down the road from us, nestled on the Western edge of the North York Moors with distant views of the striking Cleveland hills. Slightly north of this cute, little village is Cod Beck Reservoir which Pepper and Bramble absolutely love. 

We were looking after my Mam and Dad's dog Bramble last Sunday (for info, when me & Pepper moved out last year, my parents missed P-Dawg so much they bought another Schnauzer named Bramble, within a month of me leaving. So much for not wanting a dog ey Dad?!) Whilst we had the crazy twosome, we decided to take them on an adventure to Cod Beck Reservoir as it was such a beautiful day. As soon as we got out of the car, they were both scrambling ahead pulling on their leads to take in all the new smells and surroundings as quickly as possible. After crossing a small stream on strategically placed stepping stones, we began our walk around the reservoir edge, firstly through the many trees surrounding the reservoir and then along the footpath at the waters edge. There were lots of dog walkers strolling along peacefully with their pooches jumping in the water every now and then to cool down before running riot amongst the bushes again. Pepper and Bramble, much to their distaste, had to stay firmly stuck on the ends of their leads - Pepper likes to hide amongst the trees and bushes when off the lead and somehow loses the ability to hear me shouting her name despairingly - never again. 

We continued our walk right around the reservoir looping back to the car park and getting a good few thousand steps in. All along the waters edge, there are lots of sheltered spots and banks to have a picnic and chill out. In the height of Summer, people bring bbqs here and spend the whole day swimming in the water and sunbathing on the grassy banks. It's a gorgeous place and definitely one to make sure to visit if you're in the area and like country walks.

Anyway, enough of me blabbing - I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

What do you think?


  1. Of course Toby has his shorts on, can't wait to go back here over summer. Such a beautiful place just on our doorsteps!
    H. XO

  2. It sounds like you had a really good walk - your photos are lovely! The dogs look really cute too :) xx


    1. Thanks for the lovely comment :) xo.