Monday, 10 August 2015

Walkies with Direct LIne.... and a giveaway!

This is a sponsored post but we will always express our own opinion

We were recently asked to review and try out the new app from Direct Line, one of the leading suppliers of pet insurance in the UK, aimed at dog walkers, called aptly, Walkies!  We also have £75 worth of vouchers as a giveaway prize, for use with the luxury online pet store, Pets Pyjamas!

The Direct Line walkies app


Developed by Direct Line to go hand in hand with their pet insurance products and with dog obesity becoming a real problem in the UK, the app has been developed as a way of helping you and your furry friends monitor your exercise level, much in the way that other popular apps like Runkeeper and Endomondo do.  Only they don't track your canines calories as well!   In conjunction with this, they have also developed an accompanying blog called Fit Fred, charting the progress of an overweight Golden Retriever on his journey to get fit and healthy using the Walkies app, and is really a very enjoyable read with lots of useful hints and tips.


How do I get it?


The app is available free from the Apple store (click here for details) and is aimed at getting you and your furry friends healthier.  Much like existing fitness apps, this one tracks your dog walks, calculating top and average speeds, distance covered and calories burned by you and your dog(s), plus the route covered.  Once downloaded, to get started, you input details about yourself and your dog(s)....

      


and you are good to go!

We tried it out on one of our favourite short walks, up in Aspley Heath in Buckinghamshire, always a good one for seeing how well these things track as signal can get a bit dicey!  It was a beautiful walk, as the sun was throwing its golden light through the trees, and there wasn't a soul about apart from two of us hoomans, and Lottie!

To track a dog walk, you select your dog(s)...


     



and tap "Start Walk".....

and enjoy your walk!  Here are a few photos from this walk - you may notice that the path is sand, but we are in the middle of Buckinghamshire!  Strange oddity about our local area, Woburn Sands.

 


 


 



Once you are done, tap on "Stop" and look at the results!  You can even share your walk on social media with your friends!

     


Walkies app verdict


I really like this app (and as I am a systems analyst in "normal" life, I am very difficult to please!) - I have used previously Runkeeper on dog walks, and I love the fact that this one is so focussed on dog walkers.  Other features I like is a little icon called "Top Walks" which shows recommended walks in your vicinity, always good if you want to try somewhere new!

If you want to be able to see the calories you and your pal are burning, or are just interested in just how much ground you really do cover, I recommend taking a look at this app - it's free after all!  And as a bonus, if you sign up with your email details, there is a current offer to get a free photographic session at a Venture Studio for your doglet.  I have booked ours for a few weeks time, so am sure it will feature on here in a future post!

Giveaway time! 


Direct Line has very kindly given us £75 worth of vouchers for PetsPyjamas.com, a luxury online pet store, as a giveaway prize!   Open to UK residents aged 18 and over - to enter, you must leave a comment on this blog post, we would love to know about your favourite place to walk!  Other entry options are available once this has been done.   The closing date for entries is Monday 17th August 2015 21:00, and a winner will be selected at random and notified within 14 days.  The winner must respond within 28 days with a postal address, or a new winner will be randomly selected.  The prize will be sent within 28 days of notification.  Full terms and conditions are available on the Rafflecopter widget below.

Good luck!

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225 comments:

  1. Along the prom at Whitley Bay! My chihuahua prefers to walk on there than the sand!

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  2. Blaise Castle Estate in Bristol!

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  3. Along a local disused railway line. There's lots of wildlife to watch on our walkies.

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  4. Over the fields in the Derbyshire Dales

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  5. On the beach very early in the morning is the best

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  6. robin hoods bay, beautiful place with lots of walk paths for doggies

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  7. The local recreation ground's lovely for riding my mobility scooter with my friends dog trotting along beside me

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  8. The beach, my labrador Lenny loves swimming in the sea!

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  9. Either Norland or Hubberton Moor in West Yorkshire, right on our doorstep - in fact anywhere there is mud, Dolly my retriever is in heaven!

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  10. I know it sounds weird but there is a cemetery in our town that is fine with dog walkers and it's so peaceful. The flowers and the trees and the benches. I like to read the names of the graves so they know someone has been to visit them. The dog loves it too as she is a nervous nelly and prefers the quiet. It has a big field behind it for mad dashes too.

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  11. Cuningar Loop Woodland Park

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  12. We love the beach best of all, but the Bails has an old railway line to walk/scooter down daily.
    I have tried to download the app but it's not showing on my iTunes :o(

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  13. A canal at the end of the garden

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  14. Our local common which is just up the road

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  15. So lucky where I live in Hampshire, got access to the coast, parks and woodland. I love to go up on the army ranges, my dog adores the sand

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  16. Our local racecourse :-) it's only just up the road and such a fantastic open space, my lot love it - and it's disabled friendly, so I can use it year round!

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  17. along the thames

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  18. its just a local public footpath by my house. its quiet, with a bench about halfway, and a lovely view of Malvern at the top

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  19. anywhere at the Peak District

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  20. Caroline Ferguson10 August 2015 at 21:01

    Our nearest beach is dog friendly so we go there as often as possible

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  21. Our local forest. It's lovely on a summer evening.

    @rachiegr

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  22. Where is your favourite place for a dog walk? . . . . . our local nature reserve called Cosmeston Park

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  23. Down by the stream at the bottom of the Glen near where I live.

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  24. The beach first thing in a morning at sunrise

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  25. We love walking in Ashdown Forest.

    Kirsty Fox

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  26. loggerheads country park - leanne w

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  27. Swinley Forest in Berkshire my dog loves it x

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  28. a local park where there`s plenty of space and it`s a safe environment

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  29. Sherwood Forest. He loves to race around and explore everything!

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  30. Off the beaten track (just a little, nothing silly) in the Cairngorms.

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  31. We like to walk along the Wigan canals

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  32. southgate grovelands park

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  33. On our local beach here in East Durham. Both our mutts love going into the sea.

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  34. are two dogs a shih tzu and a chihuahua love delamere forest fab giveaway x

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  35. Ingram Valley, Northumberland - A river for our German Shepherd to play in followed by off track hill walking

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  36. Sizewell beach a great place for the dogs to run

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  37. Jonathon Simpson11 August 2015 at 10:26

    Tongwell Lake, Blakelands, Milton Keynes.

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  38. Wittenham Clumps highest point near where we live

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  39. Plymbridge Woods near Plymouth

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  40. Along the seafront.

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  41. Heaton park, Its a lovely walk around the lake.

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  42. We have a lovely local park , with ducks , its great for a walk the dog , fun with the nephew and then its a mile around so get a bit of exercise too x

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  43. in my local park which is just 5 minutes walk away from me

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  44. Very cool app! And such lovely photos of your walk! That looks like a beautiful place to get out and enjoy the outdoors. :-)

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  45. On the beach
    Claire D

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  46. countryside where there is nothing but fields and he can run till his little heart is content followed by a walk to a bear garden for a pint in a dg friendly pub

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  47. Along by the river near where I live :)

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  48. The nicest place near me is Stanmer Park just outside Brighton,. It's a very large, natural park with woods, fields, downland and lots of footpaths so there are so many routes to choose from and it is never boring for me or my dog

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  49. My local woods in hamstreet in kent. Xx

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  50. We love Pembrey Country Park and the millennium costal path in Llanelli

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  51. I love walking Jasper in the Lincolnshire Wolds

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  52. I live on the Norfolk Broads, so by the river x

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  53. We have a health for life trail along the local river, that's really nice to walk :)

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  54. The beach when the tide is out Leo loves it :D x

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  55. I like walking along the riverbank but I think my dogs prefer a good play on the beach

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  56. Llyn Y Fan, on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Wonderful walks.

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  57. The Chiltern Hills

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  58. Sandymouth Beach near Bude or Dartmoor in winter.

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  59. Our local park is where we go, but I love taking them to the beach when we can

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  60. Any nice park with soft grass :-)

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  61. Wimbledon Common - it's dog heaven

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  62. we go up the local woods but we love going on a beach

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  63. we like to walk along the canel path x

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  64. We like to walk along the River Dee and play with the ducks =D

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  65. My spaniel Charlie and I like to go along the canal path and the round the reservoir.

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  66. Along the local canal and across the fields! We love going for long walks and enjoying the outdoors!

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  67. We love getting away into the beautiful hills and being able to have a good run around. Nice to be off-lead.

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  68. Llangrannog beach and coastal walk

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  69. Hatchard's Copse, West Moors, Dorset

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  70. Ashton Court

    @oneisjamie

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  71. Along the Middlewood Way,Marple :) Gorgeous walk and all my foster babies love it x

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  72. Fields near my house in kent :)

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  73. Mugdock Country Park, Milngavie! It's beautiful and lovely views of Glasgow

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  74. My local Thornes Park in Wakefield

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  75. We go to our local park, its huge and we have all the regulars there so my boy gets to run around with his pals

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  76. My cousin has a massive field right by her house where loads of people walk there dog. Its our Presleys favourite place.

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  77. The woods and river near my home

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  78. Ferry meadows country park in peterborough

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  79. In the woods, just me and the woofer and not another soul in sight.

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  80. Along our local canal path.

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  81. Along the Solway coast beaches

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  82. My favourite place is up in the hills, but the dog's is on the beach (more chance of children to play with for her :-))

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  83. Where i like there is an old airfield that is playing fields now, some beautiful walks along there ideal for walking my pouch Troy

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  84. Around our local lake so the dogs can swim. But I prefer the colder months because then we have the place to ourselves so can just let the dogs off. The are newfoundland water dogs so don't mind the cold but people are intimidated by their size and don't want them to play with their little dogs, even though they wouldn't hurt a fly so they get kept on leads:( apart from their swim time.

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  85. in our local woods, they love to run free.

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  86. Hampstead heath

    Trevor Linvell

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  87. Greenham common is great for dog walking, funny how things change

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  88. Down by the canal near where I live :)

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  89. A local country park where we got married. Went there yesterday, 8 years from our wedding day with our dog and two children. We love it

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  90. Along the river Clyde in Glasgow....there is always lots of interesting things for Billie to sniff out!

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  91. we love to walk through the lickey hills country park .. its close to where we live and my dog rocky loves it.. lots to chase and always something to roll in lol

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  92. We have a huge park near our house, with lakes for the dogs to jump in and big spaces to run free.

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  93. behind out house, we actually have a bridal way at the back of the garden and its a place everyone walks their dogs. Its nice and easy to get to for me as the non driver of the family lol

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  94. Melanie Southey-Hill16 August 2015 at 14:35

    Chasewater or Sutton Park (West Mids) :)

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  95. Snipedales in the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds :)

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  96. down by the river in the village where we live :)

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  97. In the wooded park beside my house

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  98. The Lake District, amazing views everywhere you go.

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  99. My local lake and nature reserve. @jaizduck

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  100. Along the beach at Fraisethorpe.

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  101. along the canal in Stratford upon Avon

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  102. We have a pocket park at the top of our his that our dog loves to walk in.

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  103. Mr tozie Beagle and I love walking along Beach Head

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  104. I love walking my dogs down the river around sundown

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  105. Yorkshire moores

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  106. coate water country park ... my king charles loves taking a splash in the lake after the swans

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  107. The New Forest! So many smells to chase!

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  108. the beach, my dog loves it, he goes crazy as soon as he smells the sea air

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  109. ME AND MY GOLDEN LAB/RETREIVER LOVE A GOOD WALK DOWN BY THE LOCAL RIVER.. SHE LOVES NOTHING MORE THAN STONES AND STICKS BEING THROWN FOR HER TO DIVE INTO THE WATER AND CHASE... SUCH A GOOD SPOT... SHE EVEN EMERGED WITH A HUGE TROUT ONCE WHEN I THREW A STICK :) (Sorry about caps, didnt notice till i was finished and couldnt be bothered erasing an retyping) ;P

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  110. On the beach, early morning preferably!

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  111. around the outskirts of the local golf course

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  112. Along the beach where he can run in and out of the sea and get a good run around.

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  113. Kelly Summerfield17 August 2015 at 08:21

    Cleethorpes country park, so he can go for a paddle in the doggy swimming pool :)

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  114. Maria Jane Knight17 August 2015 at 08:39

    Over the cow meadows, just down our lane in Long Melford, Suffolk.

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  115. We're lucky to live in the countryside so we just go off in the fields.

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  116. Along the local Promenade - he likes to splash in the water :)

    Becci Cleary

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