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Cornish man to hold another walk for Walnut

Cornish man to hold another walk for Walnut

Published by Emma Carton at 9:55am 9th November 2019. (Updated at 10:05am 9th November 2019)

A Cornish man who inspired hundreds of people to join his poorly dog's last walk leads another in his pet's memory.

Mark Woods from St Columb Minor was overwhelmed with support after posting an appeal for Walnut.

Hundreds joined him on Porth beach in 2016, before he was forced to have the whippet put down.

Now Mark is hoping for more crowds to meet this Saturday morning (9th November), to remember Walnut once more.

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A Cornish man who inspired hundreds to join his poorly dog's last walk is holding another in his pet's memory


Mark hopes the walk will continue to be annual tradition, after friends from a Newquay community Facebook group, where he originally posted his request, approached him.

"I wasn't sure at first but then I thought why not? I said don't make it about Walnut, make it a remembrance walk.

"It's for everybody to remember - whether it's a pet or whether it's a human.

"The legacy of Walnut's walk is that we're going to do it for charity this time - for the St Francis Animal Rescue in Newquay".

Owner, Mark Woods

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Mark Woods from St Columb Minor was overwhelmed with messages of support after posting an appeal for Walnut.


How can I join the walk?

The walk is being held on Mark's local beach at Porth on Saturday the 9th November, from 12pm until 2pm.

There will also be a minute's silence held at 11am and poppies will be sold at the beach in aid of the Royal British Legion.

Once again, car parking is available at Porth Beach Holiday Park for the duration of the walk.

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Hundreds joined him on his local beach at Porth in 2016, before he was forced to have his beloved whippet put down.


Mark says the original walk inspired people all over the world to go on their own dog walks.

"When I first got down to the beach, I was staggered by the support and it was quite overwhelming for myself and my family.

"Walnut seemed to rise to the occassion actually - he was fine!"

Owner, Mark Woods

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After the original appeal on social media, Mark was inundated with messages of support from around the world


The last walk was organised after 18-year-old Walnut's health deteriorated so much, he had to be put to sleep.

At the time, Mark described how he had messages of support from Cornwall and across the world.

Speaking to Pirate FM before Walnut's last walk, Mark described the decision to put his pet to sleep as heartbreaking.

"It's hit home with so many people around the world and the UK about their own dogs and how much love should show them and they're all going for a walk all over the place - not just our beach, they're going on their own walks at the same time to have a think about it. That's incredible and I love that idea.

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Walnut's owner is asking other walkers to join him the second memorial walk at 10am on Porth beach this Saturday

"I've taken time off work to sit with him and spend time with him, they are coming at around 11.30am on Saturday but I didn't want to just sit here moping around, I thought we should go for a last walk so his day was reasonably normal, and mine was reasonably normal as well.

"I thought it would be nice to walk with others and share the day, I always walk on my own and it gets boring on my own so I thought it would be nice.

"He has always travelled around with me, all around London and he stood by the swimming pool whilst I gave diving lessons, we've been in all sorts of bizarre situations together, various girlfriends who have got upset because I always put him before them, I have always put him first and maybe I shouldn't have but he is just such a special dog".

Owner, Mark Woods

You can read more on the Walnut Walk Facebook page or watch Walnut's final walk below...

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