Guide Dogs: Cotswold Way Challenge

Cotswold Way Signpost
Cotswold Way Signpost By Ballista at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, 

Good luck to everyone taking part in the Cotswold Way Challenge from 30th June to 1st July to raise money for good causes.

The event organiser says that over the weekend of 30th June to 1st July, 1,700 adventurers will walk, jog or run along the Cotswold Way, and the event could raise up to £1 million for their charity partners, which includes the Guide Dogs.

As I’m writing this, the weather is very hot for England. Hopefully the participants will be well prepared and not take any risks in the mini-heatwave. I don’t think the 62 mile (100km) distance should be taken lightly in this heat!

Starting off in the beautiful city of Bath, the route to Cheltenham is known as the Cotswold way and is spectacular, if demanding, with a series of undulating hills to climb. Fortunately, there’s a major rest stop at the end of each of four sections of the challenge with food, drink and support teams. Between the major rest stops are mid-point stops with snacks and drinks available.

Here’s what the route looks like…

Stage 1 – Bath to Tormarton
Start: Royal Victoria Park, Bath 0 km
Mid-point stop: Lansdown, 11km
Major Rest Stop 1: Tormarton, 25km

Stage 2 – Tormarton to Wotton
Mid-point stop: Hawkesbury, 38km
Major Rest Stop 2: Wotton, 50km

Stage 3 – Wotton to Painswick
Mid-Point Stop: Dursley, 64km
Major Rest Stop 3: Painswick, 79km

Stage 4 – Painswick to Cheltenham
Mid-Point Stop: Crinkley Hill, 93km
The Finish: Dean Close School, Cheltenham, 100km

Note, those who run the challenge will effectively be doing a double marathon! Wow!

Guide Dogs is one of the charities you can select from a drop-down menu when entering as a participant. This year’s event is sold out, unless you run as self-funded, but there’s always next year, or a different challenge this year! 🙂

Here’s some footage from last year’s Cotswold Way Challenge:

New Puppies To Sponsor!

This post was most recently updated on July 4th, 2018

Please note, this is an old post, and the current puppies to sponsor can be found on the homepage! You can also see videos of all the current and previous puppies I could find in the “sponsor a puppy gallery“:-)


It’s always a pleasure to see the latest crop of Guide Dog puppies available to sponsor! They always look adorable with their big brown eyes, golden coats and happy expressions. It’s hard to resist the temptation to reach through the screen and bring them home!

Of course, these puppies are destined to be trained as guide dogs and go home with someone blind or partially sighted who will really appreciate the help that a guide dog can provide.

The latest puppies available to sponsor are…

Dasher, Angel and Star
Dasher, Angel and Star

Dasher, who is described as a “handsome golden retriever cross Labrador with a cheeky personality”.

Angel, who is described as a “golden retriever cross flat coated retriever who loves attention”.

Star, who is described as a gorgeous golden retriever cross Labrador who is excited to begin her new adventure”.

You can see Dasher, Angel and Star at the Guide Dogs national breeding centre in the video, below…

In the video, dated August 28th 2014, they were only six weeks old!

When you sponsor a puppy, you’ll get sent regular “pupdates” explaining how well your puppy is progressing through their training, a photo album and photos of your pup, a personalised certificate and a calendar at the end of each year.

You can sponsor a puppy from as little as £1 per week.

Guide Dogs Under Attack

This post was most recently updated on June 28th, 2018

According to a Daily Mail article, attack dogs are launching 3 attacks per month on guide dogs across the UK. An idea forward by the Guide Dogs charity is to microchip all dogs. Presumably that would encourage a more responsible attitude from owners who would fear prosecution.

One successful prosecution in London resulted in the dog owner whose dog attacked a guide dog being sentenced to a three month suspended jail sentence, banned from keeping dogs for ten years, ordered to do 150 hours community service, pay £500 to the owner of the guide dog which suffered the attack plus £1200 compensation to the Guide Dogs for the Blind.

David Blunkett, a former cabinet minister and one of Britain’s most visible guide dog owners said that the UK’s dog laws were not sufficiently protecting guide dogs. The problem of attacks on guide dogs is amplified by the fact that the guide dog owner cannot easily tell how injured their guide dog is.

Guide Dogs Navigating London Streets

This post was most recently updated on June 28th, 2018

The Royal London Society for the Blind has suggested that the city’s streets are hard for blind people to navigate and should be simplified. If blind people are put off from going outside, it lowers their self esteem and quality of life and, unfortunately, the 33 councils of London each implement central government guidelines differently making journeys from one borough to another fraught with peril.

The charity said if London’s 33 councils agreed common design standards it would help reduce the problems.

It wants the government to force planners to introduce simple, uniform design guidelines to give disabled people greater accessibility.

(source BBC news)