Our Favourite Dog Walking Spots

Our Favourite Dog Walking Spots

Staffordshire - Kinver Edge
There is an abundance of trails to explore at Kinver Edge. There are many routes you and your furry best friend could take, exploring enchanting woodland, glorious open country, ancient hill forts, as well as the rock houses that are infamous in this area. There are plenty of quiet trails here where your dog can roam freely, but bear in mind that it is a sensitive wildlife habitat. There is also a tea room, but dogs must remain outside. There’s plenty of area to picnic outside, but you can also visit the nearby The Cross Inn.
 
Snowdonia - Beddgelert
Beddgelert is a popular walking destination at the heart of snowdonia, the delightful stone-built village is the ideal base for exploring all the classic sights and beauty spots. It offers walkers of all abilities the opportunity to go out and explore the wonderful views, wildlife and habitats that make Snowdonia so special. With beautiful trails through the forestry and up to greater heights, both walker and dog are sure to have a great time.
 
Monmouthshire - Hay on Wye
For anyone interested in the open moorland of Mid-Wales, where red kites might be spotted wheeling overhead, Hay on Wye could be the perfect dog walking spot for you. The route’s crowning glory is its end point at Plynlimon, the highest point in the Cambrian Mountains and the source of the Wye river. Here, you’ll spy the five heads of Plynlimon and see out across Wales all the way to the coastline on a clear day. Check out The Granary as a dog friendly cafe where you can refuel after a walk!
 
New Forest National Park
With beautiful walking trails, the New Forest is a lowland national park which means no large mountains, just beautiful scenery and wide trails through ancient woodland and open country. It’s a beautiful landscape with lots of villages, good visitor facilities and excellent rail and road links. Given the accessible nature of this landscape it’s small wonder that the New Forest has been welcoming visitors since the early nineteenth century. As a National Park it is important to be as accessible as possible so everyone can enjoy this fabulous place.
 
Balmacara Estate -  Isle of Skye
Just 3 miles from the Isle of Skye, you can explore the beautiful Highland crofting estate of Balmacara. The forms of agriculture that are used here are small scale and low intensity, which has great environmental benefits as well as defining the social system of highland communities. Balmacara woods is perfect for families and dog walkers, there are easy walks among the trees and splendid views from the hillside above the woods. Follow the Tree-Spotter trail to explore the dense woodland, or venture further for exquisite views. Take the Skye View trail that winds through the trees to reach the site of a World War II gun battery, which protected the military camp and port at Loch Alsh from air attack by German planes. You'll also see some spectacular views of Loch Alsh, Kintail and the Isle of Skye.
 
Cornwall St. Agnes & Wheal Coates.
 If you head up to St Agnes Beacon, astonishing views welcome you at the top of the hill where guards used to be stationed during the Napoleonic Wars to look out for French ships. The breathtaking 360-degree view is one of the best in Cornwall, and the coastal paths are perfect for any length of dog walk. After you’ve explored the iconic engine houses and mining relics of Wheal Coates, continue along the path to the coastline and downwards toward Porthtowan where you can enjoy some fresh seafood, a stone baked pizza, or a pint at Blue Bar where dogs are perfectly welcome.
Sustainability

Sustainability

Being a small family company, gives us  agency over the big decisions, as well as the smaller ones. We regularly inspect how our garments are made which is rare in itself, and we have a lot of control over the supply chain. We choose natural, regenerative materials and fabrics whenever we can and we’re always looking for innovative ways to create products in a more sustainable way. Our high quality materials are designed to last.
Our Wool:
Our wool jumpers and loungewear are made from raw materials and all natural fibres. As part of our journey to provide sustainable fashion, the IWTO (International Wool Textile Organisation)"wool is all natural, renewable fibre". Our 100% chunky soft merino wool jumper is a traditional guernsey style piece. It’s an incredibly warm item, originally worn by sailors due to its practicality.
Our new loungewear sets are made with a merino wool and cashmere blend, made from the wool of Kashmir goats, our merino wool is our most luxurious yarn. Kashmir goats produce their fine long hair in very small quantities, which makes this pure cashmere very rare and luxurious. A pure cashmere jumper can feel as light as air, however it can be up to eight times as warming as ordinary wool. Our method is to weave two threads together to create the yarn, which makes it stronger and more pliable than other high street jumpers. Our 100% merino wool is also a luxurious yarn which is also all natural, renewable fibre.
Our Cotton:
Producing cotton can take its toll on the world, particularly as the majority of cotton is grown in countries facing water shortages. According to the World Economic Forum, water scarcity has been recognised as one of the top 10 global risks to society we’re facing over the next 10 years. Because of this, we use 100% organic cotton in our shirts which has significantly fewer negative impacts on water than non-organic. Farmers use natural methods like composting to fertilise their soil, which makes it healthier and more likely to soak up water and retain it when there is a drought. Pesticides are banned from organic farming, therefore less water is used in the process, because there is no need to dilute the chemicals from the soil. And finally, organic farmers rely on rainfall to water their cotton, so that they don’t put pressure on precious water resources in local communities. 
Our Waterproof Garments:
We only opt for waterproofing methods that use eco-friendly process. We are continually investigating innovative ways to waterproof garments that are more sustainable, such as using: beeswax, coconut wax or wax made from recycled plastic. This is still in the early stages but we are excited about what techniques are being discovered. 
Our Recycled Polyester and Rubber:
Our sustainable activewear is made from recycled plastic bottles, which means that we avoid manufacturing virgin polyester and contributing towards already saturated landfills. We’re using 30% less water in our manufacturing process, saving natural resources and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. 
Our trainers and some of our short boots use sole units that are made from 80% recycled materials, taking out of what would go into landfill and reconstructing it to be useful footwear that will last. 
 
Our Leather:
The leather we use is a bi-product of the meat and dairy industry, taking the skins that would have usually been waste and turning them into something useful. We opt to use sustainable dying process when colouring our leather like Veg Tan, which avoid chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Opting to use natural products like leather and suede as opposed to faux leather and suede, means it is quicker and easier for it to breakdown. 
 
Recycled Office Resources:
We try our best to not only use sustainable resources in our garments, but also in our office resources. We make sure to use recycled paper for our printer in the office and in our day to day note taking, as well as having eco friendly printers that use less energy than normal printers. Wherever possible, we recycle our delivery boxes if they are in good condition and for our swing tickets and neck labels, we use eco-friendly cards or recycled materials.
Lockdown Distractions

Lockdown Distractions

Wine and Cheese tasting
Why not try out a company that sends you handpicked wines and cheeses and will then guide you through with a personalised video. They’ll explain why each component fits perfectly with each other, and you can widen your vino knowledge, as well as fill up on delicious dairy! They’ll also provide you with crackers, gherkins and cured meats. https://www.lafromagerie.co.uk
 
Podcasts
Here are some of our favorite podcasts that you should definitely check out!
Table Manners / Deliciously Ella / Off Menu / My favourite Murderer / Something rhymes with purple / Serial / The Cheer Up Luv Podcast / The Guilty Feminist / Code Switch / Grounded with Louis Theroux
 
Use a Tie-Dye Kit
Feel like being creative? This is great fun to have with the family, or to turn an old white t-shirt into something colourful for spring!
  1. Find a clear space. Tie-dye can be messy, so we recommend arranging bin bags or plastic sheeting outside, in the garage, or on a craft table.
  2. Prepare your T-shirt. Choose a pre-washed, 100-percent cotton T-shirt. Soak the shirt in lukewarm water, wring out the excess, then lay it flat. (You don't need to wet the T-shirt before dyeing it, but the color won't spread as far on dry fabric.)
  3. Prepare your dye. Grab a tie-dye kit and follow the package instructions. The highly-concentrated dyes will come in partially-empty squirt bottles. You'll probably fill the bottles with warm water and shake to combine.
  4. Plan the design. Pinterest is full of pattern ideas, choose one you like, and tie your shirt tightly with rubber bands to make the desired design.
  5. Tie-dye your shirt. Squirt dye from the spray bottle onto the shirt, following the pattern of your choice. Make sure to apply only one color at a time. Work with lighter colors first (pink, yellow, lime green, etc.), since darker colors can be layered over the top of them.
  6. Let it dry. With the shirt still rubber-banded together, place it in a plastic bag or cover it with plastic wrap. Let it sit for 12-24 hours so the colors set. You can also take it out sooner to achieve pastel-like colors.
  7. Wash the shirt. Unwrap the shirt and take off the rubber bands (wear gloves!) Rinse it in cold water until the run-off is clear. Then wash it in the washing machine with cold water; don't put any other clothing in the machine. Dry the shirt and it's ready to wear!
 
Karaoke Night
An easy party night could be to indulge in some home style karaoke! There are plenty of karaoke apps out there, or even splash out on a karaoke machine if you’re feeling extra. YouTube is also a great place to find karaoke versions of all your favorite sing-alongs.
 
Try Out New Cuisines
Try out a new cuisine to cook at home - we have plenty of recipes for you to try. Getting out of your comfort zone in the kitchen can be rewarding and delicious! 
 
WG Flex Sustainable Activewear

WG Flex Sustainable Activewear

We cannot wait to share with you our latest arrival: our sustainable WG Flex Range! Our original activewear that is made of recycled plastic bottles. We’re using a smarter, eco-friendly design that reduces landfill waste and is less damaging to our lovely planet. We’re incredibly excited to be creating more sustainable ways of producing clothes and exercising!
 
Why are we using recycled plastic bottles? Our garments will be made of recycled polyester, which means that we won’t be manufacturing virgin polyester. By doing this we’re using approximately 30% less energy in production, saving natural resources and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. We’re also reducing the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills; polyester more often than not takes decades to decompose.
 
Most garments that are labelled ‘recycled polyester’ are made from PET bottles, the process of turning this existing plastic and re-spinning it into new polyester fiber, which uses substantially less energy than the process of manufacturing virgin polyester. The bottles are collected, compressed and then chopped into flakes which are then melted down into small white pellets. These pellets in turn are spun into a yarn that can be made into durable fabrics. Recycled polyester acts in exactly the same way as a virgin fibre, anything you can expect polyesters to do can also be done with recycled polyester.
 
 
 
The range will largely consist of designs that are familiar with WG lovers. Our Laura Rose Design is reminiscent of the Laura wellies, and the endearing Original Paw Print design, yes you guessed it, will be taken from our much loved Original Paw Print wellies! New designs have also been added to this collection.
 
Why this range over any other? The Welligogs Flex range is designed to be sustainable, lightweight and functional. Manufactured using premium recycled polyester fabric, these custom leggings are made with up to 10 recycled plastic bottles. Our custom bra tops are made with our exclusive 240gsm fabric, made from 83% recycled polyester and 17% elastane for the ultimate fit. Designed for all scenarios and work out types, these recycled bra tops can be worn either as an underlayer or outer layer and have removable bra pads.
 
Photographed here, the gorgeous CC Mason.
Written by Miriam Hopkins
 
 
 
Marvels of Mexico

Marvels of Mexico

 

I have been a part of the Welligogs team for several years now. I began working on the trade stands at the various exhibition shows we visit but have recently started focusing on the trade side of the business. Throughout my time with Welliogogs, I have been involved with the design of new products and helped choose the various fabrics we use. Recently, I was lucky enough to join a small team who visited Mexico to gather some ideas for a few pieces of SS19 collection. This is a little story of what we discovered and came up with….. 

As a distinctly British brand, we of course take an abundance of our inspiration from the lush green land we call home. However, for a small number of jackets in chosen collections, we go slightly further afield for the muses to sing to us.  

Keeping very much in line with our core ideals of being comfortable, durable, and fashionable, we always want to provide unique and fresh pieces to our staple collections. For our SS19 range, a few members of our design team travelled to Mexico, to see what inspires their free spirited, enchanting nation.  

We were like kids in a sweet shop…. with the tree lined streets, colourful buildings, and the smells of street food encircling them at every corner, the muses began to softly hum.  

 

Frida Kahlo’s house was a particular favourite. As a pioneer among not only Mexican art but fashion and art across the world, her Cassa Azul (“Blue House”, where she lived with her husband Diego) was a great place to start. 

With her positive outlook on the world, despite having lived with polio since  she was 11 and having been involved in a car accident at the age of 18, which left her with a broken spine, her strength and uniqueness continued to shine through. She was feminine, bold, and utterly fantastic. Her vibrant artwork has been the inspiration for us and many fashion houses to date. We replicate her splash of bold colours with our Kuoni Jacket, a brilliant piece to jazz up these chilly winter months, and our bright tassels, which you can swish onto any of our boots or accessorise with. 

 As great as it is to wear a statement jacket, sometimes one needs something a little more understated but just as chic. Our Phoebe Shirts have always been hugely popular with varying details to mirror the ever-changing seasons. Our new design, Phoebe White, is one of our best yet. We wanted to keep her elegant but simple, unique without being gaudy. We took inspiration from the architecture of Mexico. 

From the Oaxaca state to Chiapas, the buildings are breath taking. The detail in their sculpture inspired us to do an intricate lace effect down the front of the shirt. Whilst remaining a staple, our Phoebe White also becomes exquisitely distinctive. 

One thing that struck our design team was how green  Mexico  is. Its landscape differs massively, from beaches, to mountains, to jungles…. all three surrounded by lush green vegetation. Now in England, we’re not short of greenery and it got our team thinking about bringing back a green raincoat. We haven’t done one for a while and with it being such a rich colour in multiple different climates, why not?! We were debating what style to do, whether to let the muses steer us in the direction of the mountains or the beach… but there is something about classic things that we at Welligogs gravitate towards.  

 

The muses of the ruins triumphed… we decided to do our famous Louise coat in a khaki green. An oldy but a goody, and a wonder she is! Louise Khaki is timeless yet trendy, waterproof yet feminine, pretty yet practical. A must have for this season. 

Pink, pink, pink! From sunrise to sunset, market stalls to fruit, flowers to lakes. Yes, would you believe it, there are pink lakes in Mexico! Los Colarados, naturally coloured pink by the salt and algae. Being literally the colour of candy floss, we couldn’t not be inspired.

Our Ascot Rose Pink with its blush coloured tweed and rose suede detail, one cannot not wear it and smile. In our ever-loved Ascot design, this jacket will swiftly become a firm favourite. 

 Well what can we say  Mexico… you were a feast for our eyes, and we were swept away by your beauty. Muchas gracias… 

 

Written by Tess Annan