Please keep dogs off the bar walls

People are violating the ‘no dogs’ rule on York’s bar walls

People are violating the ‘no dogs’ rule on York’s bar walls

First published in Letters by

VISITING York two or three times each year we are always amazed at just how many dog owners in York cannot read.

At the start of any part or the Bar Walls there is a notice which clearly states “Dogs are not allowed on the walls”.

We appreciate that this excludes guide dogs, but we have never seen anyone with a guide dog – only people with their pets, large (and we mean large) and small, who violate this rule.

We have never yet been on any part of the wall without encountering people with a dog and sometimes more than one.

If tourists were doing anything which could spoil other people’s enjoyment of walking around the walls, we are sure there would be an outcry. Please, obey the rule and keep the dogs off the walls.

Christine and John Callaghan, Bevin Close, Outwood, Wakefield.

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11:06am Sat 9 Aug 14

Justin7 says...

Another tourist dictating to us.

We're not a theme park.
Another tourist dictating to us. We're not a theme park. Justin7
  • Score: -6

11:10am Sat 9 Aug 14

Yorkresident4556 says...

York residents bend over backwards for tourists. We'll ignore a few signs if we want too. Thank you very much.
York residents bend over backwards for tourists. We'll ignore a few signs if we want too. Thank you very much. Yorkresident4556
  • Score: -5

11:34am Sat 9 Aug 14

PKH says...

How does the letter writer know they are York residents, I would have thought they were more likely to be fellow tourists.
How does the letter writer know they are York residents, I would have thought they were more likely to be fellow tourists. PKH
  • Score: 14

4:21pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Devilsadvocate2 says...

So how does a dog spoil anyone's enjoyment of walking round the walls ? If people clean up any mess I can't see a problem. If visitors come to the city with their dogs what do they do with them if they want to walk the walls. Hmm, an interesting venture. A dog crèche.
So how does a dog spoil anyone's enjoyment of walking round the walls ? If people clean up any mess I can't see a problem. If visitors come to the city with their dogs what do they do with them if they want to walk the walls. Hmm, an interesting venture. A dog crèche. Devilsadvocate2
  • Score: 4

8:00pm Sat 9 Aug 14

tracymand says...

Rightly or wrongly when I lived on Bootham I used to walk my dog (a small terrier) on the Bar Walls. I did this for two reasons - 1. it is a beautiful walk around the city and a great way to get exercise. 2. because it was a lot nicer than fighting my way through the tourists and general population in the city centre. I would always clean up after my dog and give way to oncoming people and if anyone seemed nervous of my dog or if they had children I would pick her up. To be honest I'd been walking her on there for almost a year before I noticed a sign and even when I did I wasn't sure whether it was current or a leftover sign from years ago. I wish this rule was overturned as I often walked in the early evening and I don't think I'd feel safe on some of the quieter stretches of wall without my dog. Such a shame that everyone misses out for fear of a few people not doing the right thing and as I haven't seen any letters about dog fouling on the wall I can only assume this isn't an issue. We live in such a lovely city but it seems to be getting harder and harder to access and enjoy it.
Rightly or wrongly when I lived on Bootham I used to walk my dog (a small terrier) on the Bar Walls. I did this for two reasons - 1. it is a beautiful walk around the city and a great way to get exercise. 2. because it was a lot nicer than fighting my way through the tourists and general population in the city centre. I would always clean up after my dog and give way to oncoming people and if anyone seemed nervous of my dog or if they had children I would pick her up. To be honest I'd been walking her on there for almost a year before I noticed a sign and even when I did I wasn't sure whether it was current or a leftover sign from years ago. I wish this rule was overturned as I often walked in the early evening and I don't think I'd feel safe on some of the quieter stretches of wall without my dog. Such a shame that everyone misses out for fear of a few people not doing the right thing and as I haven't seen any letters about dog fouling on the wall I can only assume this isn't an issue. We live in such a lovely city but it seems to be getting harder and harder to access and enjoy it. tracymand
  • Score: 7

12:43am Mon 11 Aug 14

dixy_bird says...

This would be a good post of it was residents protesting at tourists walking their dogs on the walls. Most residents will walk their dogs around places their dogs love -ie dog walking routes with grass and trees. I think you you will find the dogs you encounter will be tourist dogs where their owners are scared to leave them in their caravans or hotels etc but have come here to enjoy the sights the same as everyone else. You must have a strong disliking of dogs if this is your peeve. Personally mine is smokers who chuck their lit fag ends over the wall without looking who or what is below. Not someone who chooses to ring their dog out for the day!
This would be a good post of it was residents protesting at tourists walking their dogs on the walls. Most residents will walk their dogs around places their dogs love -ie dog walking routes with grass and trees. I think you you will find the dogs you encounter will be tourist dogs where their owners are scared to leave them in their caravans or hotels etc but have come here to enjoy the sights the same as everyone else. You must have a strong disliking of dogs if this is your peeve. Personally mine is smokers who chuck their lit fag ends over the wall without looking who or what is below. Not someone who chooses to ring their dog out for the day! dixy_bird
  • Score: 2

3:52pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Fanny Free House says...

When you see some of the mongrels that get on the bar walls, I would rather see someone walking a dog.
When you see some of the mongrels that get on the bar walls, I would rather see someone walking a dog. Fanny Free House
  • Score: 0

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