The Great British Dog Walk is a series of walks across the UK running from March to June. It aims to raise funds and awareness for Hearing Dogs and train even more of these clever dogs. It is for families, groups and individuals – with or without a dog – to come together and enjoy some of the best landscapes and properties in the country.

The Foxbury Common Great British Dog Walk is on Sunday 22nd May. Registration opens at 11am and there are 2 planned starts. The 6km walk departs at 11:30am and the 3km walk departs at 12:00. The common is reached on Blackhill Road, West Wellow, near Romsey SO51 6AQ and there are toilets and a free car park

Foxbury Common is a gently looping, round walk on gravel tracks through natural heathlands. It is a 150 hectare area of conservation on the edge of the forest. The site which was once a commercial conifer plantation is gradually being returned to the heathland habitat it once was as one of the five New Forest Northern Commons. Each one is a unique landscape of woodland, heathland and grassland, shaped by man and nature since the Bronze Age. Ramble through this beautiful sprawling wilderness with friends and family.

Pre-registration (saving £2 per adult) and further information is available here: http://www.greatbritishdogwalk.org/foxburycommon.php or by contacting nicholas.orpin@hearingdogs.org.uk                                                              T: 07917 170 122. Tickets can also be bought on the day Adults £12, Children and Dogs – FREE

The gravel tracks make this walk accessible for buggies and wheelchairs (please ask for additional information).

As this is ground-nesting bird season dogs must be kept on leads for this event.

The walks will be opened by BBC’s Springwatch presenter and local resident Chris Packham. Come and meet him and his beloved dogs Itchy and Scratchy!