Dog walker clocks up 10,000 Bempton RSPB visits

Peter Crompton with his dogs Jack and Gav.
Peter Crompton with his dogs Jack and Gav.

MOST dog owners have a regular route for walking their pets, but one local man has taken his dog-walking routine a step further than most people.

In fact, Peter Crompton’s patch has proved such a great place for a stroll, that he’s been taking his best friends to the RSPB’s Bempton Cliffs twice a day for the past 15 years.

And according to his calculations, that means he has clocked up more than 10,000 visits to the nature reserve.

“We never tire of walking along the cliff tops because each trip brings something new,” said Peter.

“The land and sea are ever-changing, so it’s like a different walk every day.

“I’ve been up there in all kinds of weather - when the wind’s been strong enough to blow your coat off, and even when there’s been three feet of snow.”

Over the years, Peter has shared his walks with several canine companions.

“When I first moved here from West Yorkshire, I had two German shepherds, Ben and Tess,” he said.

“Then came Kelly, a rescue dog, and now I have Jack, a golden retriever, and Gav, a golden cocker spaniel.

“They all seem to love the cliffs just as much as I do.”

In the summer, Peter is often on the reserve at 7.30am when there are usually no other visitors around.

He walks two to three miles a day at 400 feet above the sea.

“Some of my favourite moments have been spent watching the deer on the reserve,” he explained.

“Sometimes I meet one or two, but I can come across six or seven.

“There was also a time at Staple Newk, when I saw gannets diving. They moved like bullets into the sea – it was amazing.”