Our dog-loving nation is set to go barking mad for this year’s Great British Dog Walk, 20 fun-filled countryside walks being held between March and June 2017 to ensure more hearing dogs can be trained to bring life-transforming benefits to deaf children and adults.

Now firmly established as one of the UK’s favourite series of dog walks, around 4,000 adults and over 500 dogs of all shapes and sizes are expected to take part in this year’s fun-filled nationwide events.

There will be two different routes to choose from at each venue, many of which include National Trust properties, making the Great British Dog Walk an ideal event for dog-lovers, families, couples, independent walkers and organised walking groups.

Each venue will have refreshments and entertainment on offer and participants can also bring a picnic to enjoy after the walk.

There is a free special limited-edition Great British Dog Walk doggie bandana and opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win a luxury Forest Holidays getaway with every event booking.

The effects of hearing loss can be devastating. The lack of independence, loss of confidence, reduced self-esteem and feelings of anxiety can lead to loneliness, isolation and often depression.

Hearing dogs transform their recipient’s lives by providing a special kind of independence, confidence and inclusion whether at home or out and about. Hearing dogs alert their owners to important sounds that hearing people often take for granted such as the doorbell, alarm clock and smoke alarm. Unlike a hearing ‘gadget’ a hearing dog also provides a warmth of companionship that can boost a recipient’s confidence enough to face the outside world and increase social and professional interaction thereby significantly improving health and wellbeing.

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People chief executive Michele Jennings said:

“The charity is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year and is very proud to have had such a positive impact on thousands of lives. But we couldn’t have achieved what we have without the help of our wonderful supporters taking part in events such as the Great British Dog Walk and the dedication of all our volunteers.

“Following the success of last year’s events, I hope the 2017 walks in our great British countryside get tails wagging and faces smiling all over the UK.”

To sign-up to your nearest Great British Dog Walk and for more information visit:

The Great British Dog Walk 2017 venues are:

  • Gibside, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear Sunday 12 March
  • Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex Saturday 18 March
  • Holyrood Park, Edinburgh Sunday 19 March
  • Croome Court, Worcester Saturday 25 March
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield Sunday 2 April
  • Margam Country Park, Port Talbot Sunday 9 April
  • Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe Saturday 22 April
  • Gisburn Forest, Lancashire Saturday 22 April
  • Windsor Great Park, Berkshire Saturday 29 April
  • Whitelees Windfarm, Eaglesham, Glasgow Sunday 7 May
  • Ickworth Park, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk Sunday 7 May
  • Lyme Park, Stockport, Cheshire Saturday 13 May
  • Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks, Kent Saturday 13 May
  • Wimpole Hall, Arrington, Cambridgeshire Sunday 14 May
  • Kedleston Hall, Derby Saturday 20 May
  • Foxbury Common, Hampshire Sunday 21 May
  • Stowe, Buckinghamshire Sunday 4 June
  • Haddo House and Country Park, Aberdeenshire Saturday 10 June
  • Canonteign Falls, Exeter Sunday 11 June

Tickets to each event are £10 in advance for adults online at www.greatbritishdogwalk.org or £12 on the day. Children under 16 are free. Shorter routes are suitable for parents with buggies. The Great British Dog Walk is kindly supported by MedicAnimal.

For more information on Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, please visit: www.hearingdogs.org.uk.