A quick post to report back on Barney’s first walk up a mountain from last weekend. Sugar Loaf, which stands proudly next to Abergavenny at the start of the Brecon Beacons, isnt technically a mountain. It’s 1955 feet high so not a true mountain but what’s 45 feet amongst friends? We decided to take him up Sugar Loaf as its a relatively easy short walk whilst still giving him a taste of all the conditions of a proper mountain walk. The weather was fine although a stiff wind near the summit certainly made it feel like true autumn.
So how did Barney get on?
Well, he was an absolute star. He walked all the way up to the summit without stopping or complaining. He didn’t appear interested in the sheep on the flanks of Sugar Loaf which was reassuring. We even tried him off the lead for short periods to monitor his walking to heel and recall which were really really good.
Barney took it all in his stride and really enjoyed it, even bounding up the last few feet just to see what was at the top! At the summit, there were quite a gaggle of walkers as well as a variety of other dogs. Chance for a few pictures on what was actually a really good day with fantastic clarity in all directions. The clouds and the dappled sunlight made wonderful contrasts stretching off into the distance.
After a cup of coffee and a drink or two for the kids (and Barney), it was time to make our way back down. Barney was still game and again didnt want to stop or rest. By the time we got back to the car he was ready for a rest. We packed up and by the time we drove off, he was fast asleep on the back seat.
We were really happy with his progress on this walk and achieved around 6 miles for the day (including a walk around Abergavenny). It makes me really hopeful for him accompanying me on walking trips next year. A long way to go yet but the way in which he coped with the whole day and the fact that he appeared to love the summit itself was really pleasing. Bring on the next walk!