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Forthglade leads the way in protecting the South West Coast Path

Posted: Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Forthglade, the Devon based natural pet food maker, established in Winkleigh in 1971, has teamed up with the South West Coast Path Association to help protect one of the region’s favourite dog walking spots.

The South West Coast Path is the longest of the country’s fifteen National Trails and enables walkers and their dogs to explore 630 miles of stunning coastline from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset. Over 70% of the Path is in either a National Park or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, making it one of the world’s best walks and winner of the ‘Best in the Great Outdoors’ category in the Dog Friendly Awards for two years running.

To kick off the new partnership, Forthglade has made a generous donation to the Association’s #40FOR40 campaign, a project aiming to raise £40,000 in the year that the path celebrates its 40th anniversary, 2018.  Forthglade will also be supporting the South West Coast Path Challenge month in October with a sponsored dog walk to help raise money for the charity – and later in the year, dog lovers will get the chance to win Forthglade goodies as part of a ‘Top Dog Walks’ photo competition, sponsored by Forthglade.

Gerard Lovell, Joint MD from Forthglade said, “Based in Devon we’re lucky enough to regularly enjoy the South West Coast Path, it’s a truly beautiful area for dog walking. Looking after 630 miles of Path is an enormous task and as a Devon based business we think it’s important to help protect one of our region’s most important natural assets. We hope our support will help the Association continue their great work repairing and improving the Path so that we can all continue to enjoy it.”

Ken Carter, Chairman of the South West Coast Path Association said, “We’re absolutely delighted to be working with Forthglade as we believe the key to a happy, healthy dog is to give them naturally nutritious food and plenty of exercise in the great outdoors. This is a natural partnership for us and we look forward to working together.”

According to recent dog population statistics, one in four people living in the South West have a dog. With over 600 circular walks available online, there is something for everyone on the Path. The South West Coast Path Association provides lots of useful information to help dog owners enjoy the Path safely and responsibly with tips and advice on the best dog friendly walks, beaches, hotels and restaurants, how to keep dogs safe around grazing livestock and cliff edges and how to spot harmful substances like Palm Oil that can get washed up in beaches and cause harm to dogs if eaten.

Visit the Association’s website to find the right walk for you and your pooch – filtering by location, distance, terrain and difficulty. For more information visit: https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walk-coast-path/days-out/dogs-coastpath/

Photography credit: Barnaby, the Welsh Springer Spaniel enjoying the walk from East Soar to Salcombe, South Devon. Photographer: Lindsay Russell