An event aimed at getting people walking with their four-legged friends in a group environment has started in Weymouth.

The volunteer-led Dorset health walks take place every Monday from 1pm, meeting at the entrance to Lodmoor Country Park.

The walks cover a number of accessible routes in Weymouth including parks, gardens, open spaces and even beaches.

The event is open to everyone whether they are attending on their own, or with their pooches.

All dogs are required to be on fixed leads as required under the Dorset Council Wide Public Space Protection Orders from January 2024.

Linda Stevenson of Dog Friendly Social who is behind the walks said: “On our first walk on February 12, we contacted the Dog Warden Department and they saw our walk as a positive way to promote positive dog ownership and we were joined by our local dog warden who brought her own dog along. 

“She was approachable and explained their role in animal welfare and their involvement in helping owners who have lost dogs, also working with local rescues who have seen an increase in dogs being surrendered because of changes in circumstances.”

Dog owners are asked to carry poo bags, although there will be a supply of free bags should anyone need them.

No booking is required for the event, people just have to turn up.