A trip to Weavers Fields seemed like a good idea – a Google search of ‘local dog friendly walks’ took me to a blog citing ‘8 best dog walks in East London’. The park in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, was named after silk weavers who once occupied the area, and promised both space for dogs to run free and a self-guided nature trail. I found a website with leaflet on the nature trail but couldn’t get a feel for how big it was, but there were 12 numbered posts with descriptions of what we would find at each, so it looked promising.
Weavers Fields was well signed, and only a five-minute walk from Bethnal Green Railway Station. Just after entering the park we found a large wooden sign on the right indicating the start of Weavers Woodland Walk.
The path was not particularly well cleared, and the walk wasn’t as long as we expected. Typical of an inner-city trail, we found a proliferation of silver laughing gas bullets, and the usual rubbish: unfortunately someone had discarded the remains of their KFC which Peter the cockapoo managed to sniff out as if he were a bloodhound.
Although we saw a couple of the numbered posts, the overgrown nature of the bushes meant it wasn’t somewhere where you’d get out your phone to read the trail notes.
So after about 10-minutes in the woodland, we contented ourselves by walking around the park itself – not exactly what we intended although Peter was happy to be off his leash.