16 November 2016

ONE of the prettiest pooches on the Great North Snowdog Trail is on the move. 

The Daniel Weatheritt-designed “Patchwork Northumberland”, the most remote dog on the Trail, has moved from his Leaplish Visitor Centre perch at Kielder, Northumberland, to go a few miles along the banks of the reservoir to Tower Knowe Visitor Centre.  

Tower Knowe is approximately five miles from his current location, and is a visitor area with parking and toilet facilities. His new location is signposted from the main Kielder road via the brown tourist information signs. 

The dog has been moved as Leaplish will be hosting its famous Winter Wonderland event and this would have restricted access to Patchwork Northumberland, or “Patch” as he is known.  

Northumbrian Water leisure marketing executive, Francesca Willumsen, said:

“Kielder Winter Wonderland is a very popular event that attracts over 1,500 people to Leaplish over the course of a weekend and we wanted to make sure Great North Snowdog enthusiasts could still see our gorgeous Patch.”

Due to Patch moving sites and access to Leaplish being restricted, the offer on the Great North Snowdog app of a coffee and a slice of cake when you “collect” both Patch and Northumbrian Water’s Newcastle-based dog “Essence of the North” will be suspended from Friday 18th November. 

If you are unable to make it to Kielder to see Patch before he and his trail-mates leave the trail on the evening of Sunday 20th November, there is still chance to meet the whole pack at our Farewell Weekend. Taking place from Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th December at Gateshead International Stadium, this Snowdog celebration will be the final chance to see all 61 dogs together one last time. There will also be a Christmas market offering gifts, food and other festive favourites and plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Tickets are on sale now at www.greatnorthsnowdogs.couk/farewell-tickets

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