About This Field
Also known as Stretton Secure Dog Walking Field, Willow Fields is a secure, drive-in grass paddock in Warwickshire.
Getting to Stretton Secure Dog Field
The approach to Willow Lakes (also known as Stretton Secure Dog Walking Field) is straight forward with good access from the main road. It’s approximately 10 miles east of Coventry and 8 miles north of Rugby making it really well located for people visiting from around the midlands. It’s very easy access from the M6, M1 and A5 so also perfect for those travelling around the country as a mid point stop off.
Facilities and Security
The field itself is just half an acre in size but feels bigger as it is long enough for a really good ball throw. Access to the site is through a padlocked gate (not always locked but make sure you remember the code!), a secure coded entry barrier and then an additional 6ft wire mesh padlocked gate into the field. This access is also used for people who are fishing but otherwise you can be confident that you will not get any curious bystanders during your session.
The field has plenty of external parking if you are coming with other people, and there is space for one car inside the secure area (the gate requires a good shove as there is a cross-post causing an obstruction at time of inspection).
Once inside the field you will find a lovely grass area with some grading which means that Stretton dog field offers more interest than a simple fenced paddock. There is a lovely field shelter at one end and a few trees lining one edge of the field.
There are also some enrichment activities and a picnic bench, water and dog waste disposal bin.
Current Status of the Fence (8/10/21)
We were disappointed with the installation of the fence at this field and would not recommend it for small dogs or diggers at the moment. It is a relatively new field and whilst the wire fencing and posts are excellent quality, the installation method has left significant gaps at the bottom of the fence in many places around the field. Most concerning there is a 5-6 inch gap at the base of the fence behind the shelter where dogs can get to out of your sight. There has been an attempt to remedy this in places with poles but this needs to be addressed all round the field before it can be considered secure. There has also been some kind of repair that is unfinished on side that boarders the track to the fishing area where the fence has not been secured to the post from half way down.
We recognise that this field is getting established and best efforts have been made but we attended with a Miniature Dachshund who could easily have escaped if he had the will.
Notes for Reactive Dog Owners:
- There is shooting nearby this field (autumn weekend visit so unlikely to be all year) so be aware if you have noise sensitivity dogs
- There is a track the runs along side to the fishing area – we did not see anyone but it is used by vehicles and possibly by pedestrians accessing the lake
- The field is located next to a boat yard which may be noisy at times
Photos: © British Dog Fields
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* We only list fields as reactive friendly following a visit because reactivity means different things to different dogs! Details can be found on each review in the yellow section. Listed fields field may be suitable for reactive dogs, but we have just not had the chance to verify this.