The Great Western Dog Walk 2016

Almost 100 walkers and their four-legged friends enjoyed a bracing morning walk along the beach from Marazion to Penzance on Saturday, raising funds for Cornwall Hospice Care while also celebrating the autumnal re-opening of the beach for dogs after the summer.

Although there had been heavy showers early in the morning, conditions had cleared nicely in time for the first Great Western Dog Walk, organised by West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas and Cornwall Hospice Care with support from the Godolphin Arms, St Aubyn Estates, GWR and the Penzance BID (Business Improvement District) and has already raised in excess of £1,000 for the hospice.

Mr Thomas said it was a “really lovely walk made extra special by the fact that all of us were fully aware of the vitally important work carried out by Cornwall Hospice Care”.

“It was great to meet so many people who were able to share their memories and experiences of St Julia’s,” he said. “The intention now is for it to become an annual event which will hopefully go from strength to strength.”

Mr Thomas welcomed the walkers at the Godolphin Arms in Marazion where, thanks to the efforts of friends and carers involved with Cornwall People First, they enjoyed tea and coffee as well as a raffle – proceeds of which also went to Cornwall Hospice Care – before heading off across the sands.

Dogs of all shapes and ranging in size from little Yorkies to an imposing Italian Spinetti relished the three mile walk along to Penzance promenade where they were greeted at the Cornwall Hospice Care mobile information point with a generous ‘doggy goody bag’.

The GWR bag was filled with contents supplied by Penwith Pet Crematorium, Pets’ Boutique Penzance, the Regents Court and Hayle veterinary practices, Morrisons, Cornwall Farmers and Gilbertson and Page Ltd.

On the prom many of the dog-owners were grateful for the hot food and refreshments that were available at a specially arranged Penzance Farmers Market before being bussed back to their cars in Marazion, courtesy of the First Bus Group.

CAPTION: Dog owners and their pets get ready for ‘walkies’ at Marazion.

Derek Thomas
Member of Parliament for St Ives