About This Field
‘Lose the Lead’ is a fabulous secure dog field located approximately 4 miles from Bicester and 12 miles from Oxford city centre. It is 3.5 acres and offers fully enclosed ‘belt and braces’ infield parking for 1 car and a large parking area, also surrounded by 6ft fencing.
Booking and Accessing ‘Lose the Lead’
Booking is through a secure website and sessions are available on the hour.
Access is very straight forward – the W3W link and Google maps pin will both take you directly to the gate – a large wide gate a short distance up a lane, directly off the main road. This field couldn’t be simpler to find.
Once inside, you will see another parking pen – you should use this as the main car parking area is available for the next person to park and wait. The main parking area is also enclosed with 6ft fencing.
What is ‘Lose the Lead’ Like?
‘Lose the Lead’ is really nice – realtatively flat (although some undulations), this is easy to walk around and the mature pasture was in good condition despite a lot of recent rain before our visit (November). There are squetchy areas (this field has a river boundary) so if you are visiting in winter, wellies will be required.
You may met by the owners on your first visit if you have any questions (reactive dog owners see notes below).
Tip! You will need to remember the code to exit the field as the security lock closes and locks from both sides.
Once inside the field, you will be met with a manicured area with some agricultural enrichment activites, a shelter looking out over the field, water bowls and a dog waste bin. There is also a fresh water supply and hose available.
Despite a November visit, we could still see a lovely path meandering through the paddock and we will look forward to returning in the summer months when the longer grasses have been allowed to grow.
The dimensions of the field mean that you can have a lovely wander down to the far end and there is plenty of space for chucking a ball.
Is ‘Lose the Lead’ Secure?
This field is securely fenced to 6ft and also has weld mesh gates. (See image for fence netting).
One thing to note (something I believe will be addressed) is that the gates do leave a gap sufficient for a small escape artisit to negotiate. This will only be of concern if you have a toy breed or determined terrier – the gaps are no more than a few inches and are on hardcore.
Things you should know about ‘Lose the Lead’
- The owners live very nearby and regularly check the field throughout the day so you can be confident that the fence is well observed and maintained
- If you visit on an autumn evening, you might just see a starling swarm!
- The accessibility of this field makes it really attractive
Notes for Reactive Dog Owners:
- If you have a people reactive dog, you might want to contact the owners prior to booking so that you can arrange an introduction over the phone – that way you can avoid your dogs being set off by the presense of someone
- There is a road that runs alongside the field – it was barely visable even in November but if you have a movement reactive dog, they will likely notice cyclists and cars passing
- No livestock nearby
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