Westies go walkies on Filey beach

Words and photos by Dave Barry

Hundreds of West Highland terriers will be taken for a walk all at once, on Filey beach on 17 June.

It’s the first of two annual walks organised by Maureen Dunn of Filey Beach Westie Walkers.

On 8 October last year, about 150 Westies and their owners and friends met at West Avenue carpark and strolled down the Ravine to the beach.

For many, that was as far as they got, although many more walked to Primrose Valley and back.

The dogs (and their owners) travelled from various parts of the country including Durham and Cramlington in the north to Welwyn Garden City and Taunton in the south.

“We ask each walker to donate £1 per dog and 50p per human”, Maureen says. “Last year, we raised £1,680.76 which was made up to £1,700 by one kind member”.

The proceeds go to animal-rescue charities including Yorkshire Coast Rescue, Many Tears, West Yorkshire Animals in Need and Westie Rescues.

The group has a Facebook page called Filey Beach Westie Walkers.