The Great British Dog Walk, run by national charity, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, is back for the fifth year and is coming to the New Forest on 18th May 2019.


Sponsored by Specsavers Audiology, the Great British Dog Walk will take place across 17 locations in the UK, and see hundreds of dogs and their owners ‘walking the walk’ to raise more funds to change the lives of deaf people.


Training for Troy

Walkers can get themselves or their dogs sponsored by friends, family and colleagues to raise money to fund hearing dog puppy, Troy's, training journey. 


Over the next two years, Cocker spaniel puppy, Troy, will be trained to alert deaf people to important and life-saving sounds, such as the smoke alarm, intruder alarm, alarm clock and oven timer. It costs around £40,000 to fully train and support a hearing dog for the duration of its life and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People receives no government funding so every walker will be helping to change the life of a deaf person.

About the New Forest Walk 


  • When: Saturday 18 May 2019
  • Where: The Secret New Forest, Foxbury Common, Black Hill Road, West Wellow, near Romsey, SO51 6AQ
  • Registration: 10 am
  • Walk start time: 11 am
  • Distance: 3.5km (family route), 6km (scenic route)
  • Cost: Adults: £10 online, £12 on the day, Children (under 16): free 
  • Terrain: All-weather gravel tracks, considered pushchair and wheelchair accessible. Common land has open and shaded parts.
  • Parking: Free parking on site

A word from the audiology director


Amy Nowik, audiology director at Specsavers Poole, said: 'We’re so proud of our involvement in the Great British Dog Walk and the fact that this fun event helps to change the lives of deaf people.


'If every person who walked the Great British Dog Walk raised just £10 the charity could train another dog to alert deaf people to important and life-saving sounds that they would otherwise miss and give them a lifetime of companionship and emotional support. Not only does taking part help Hearing Dogs to train more life-changing dogs but it’s a great way for people to get some exercise and fresh air, meet new people and most of all, have a fun day with lots of lovely dogs.'


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