We are the Guinness World Record holders for:

1995 / 1996 / 1997 / 1998 / 1999 / 2000 / 2001 / 2003 / 2004 / 2005 / 2006 / 2007 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017
Tony Carlisle
Tony Carlisle - Founder/Organiser

For 2018 the Great North Dog Walk has joined forces with Dogs Trust as the official charity partner of the event. Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog rehoming charity and has 21 centres across the UK and Ireland.

In partnership with:


The Great North Dog Walk in Partnership with Dogs Trust is the brain-child of Tony Carlisle and was founded by him in 1990. He has organised the event every year since and 2015 was our " Silver Anniversary "- 25th event. Tony is a former Teacher of Harton Technology College, in South Shields and is currently United Kingdom Fundraiser of The Year – for the 2nd time. Raised over £7.27 Million pounds for charitable causes. He has also donated 75 pints of blood and for this he holds the Emerald Award Certificate. The event has been supported by a host of celebrities in the past including Blue Peter, Record Breakers, Newsround, the Big Breakfast television show and more recently, CBBC Children’s TV in March 2013. Click here to view CBBC's Who Let the Dogs Out coverage of The Great North Dog walk 2012.

In 1997 Tony wrote to Dame Catherine Cookson and her husband Tom and duly received financial assistance and their blessing and permission to have the walk renamed the Catherine Cookson Great North Dog Walk. Butcher's Pet Care Ltd sponsored the event from 2004 until 2010, and Pets At Home sponsored the event from 2011 until 2015. Pedigree sponsored the event in 2016 and YouMove Dog sponsored the event in 2017.

This event is annual and measurable and the last dog walk was the 27th staging. It was held on Sunday 4th June 2017 with 30,114 dogs, starting on The Leas, South Shields, England, United Kingdom, SatNav NE33 2JH. The 3 mile (4.8km) walk follows a coastal route along the cliffs with magnificent sea views. There are four different routes of varying lengths to cater for everyone within the community and over varying surfaces like grass, gravel and concrete. This therefore allows for baby buggies, wheelchairs, the young, the elderly, disabled and also older dogs to support this world record attempt. The event is Internationally recognised and holds the WORLD RECORD as the largest dog walk ever held (22,742 dogs). This is a record we would like to keep in the United Kingdom coupled with allowing interested parties to attempt this World Record and allow them to raise funds for the charity of their choice from the listed beneficiaries.

Next Walk: Sunday 3rd June 2018


The Great North Dog Walk - History

Year No. Of Dogs No. Of Breeds Location
1990 13 5 UK, GNDW
1991 77 23 UK, GNDW
1992 124 36 UK, GNDW
1993 202 45 UK, GNDW
1994 267 58 UK, GNDW
1995 327 72 UK, GNDW 1st
1996 672 103 UK, GNDW 2nd
1997 983 113 UK, GNDW 3rd
1998 1,007 113 UK, GNDW 4th
1998 1,021 - USA, Connecticut
1998 1,835 - Canada, Toronto
1999 2,114 - USA, Texas
1999 2,439 115 UK, GNDW 5th
2000 2,872 119 UK, GNDW 6th
2001 2872 119 UK, GNDW 7th
2002 3,117 - USA, Texas
2003 4,372 127 UK, GNDW 8th
2004 5,017 131 UK, GNDW 9th
2005 6,339 141 UK, GNDW 10th
2006 7,766 147 UK, GNDW 11th
2007 10,272 154 UK, GNDW 12th
2008 12,339 162 UK, GNDW 13th
2009 17,427 169 UK, GNDW 14th
2010 18,113 178 UK, GNDW 15th
2011 22,742 182 UK, GNDW 16th
2012 23,301 185 UK, GNDW
2013 20,247 185 UK, GNDW
2014 24,542 185 UK, GNDW
2015 26,423 185 UK, GNDW
2016 28,947 185 UK, GNDW
2017 30,114 185 UK, GNDW
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Please select one of the below beneficiaries then make your payment payable to that Charity and send directly to them. Participants can only raise sponsorship/funds/donations from the Official Beneficiary list shown below. It is not permitted to do otherwise. Anyone found to be abusing this rule will be removed from site and I will seek prosecution. Thank you.

  • Dogs Trust
  • Basset Hound Welfare
  • Beagle Welfare
  • Cairn Terrier Relief Fund
  • Cash for kids
  • Dogs for Good
  • German Shepherd Rescue
  • Help for Heroes
  • IFAW
  • National Trust
  • Newcastle Dog & Cat Shelter
  • North of England Dalmatian Welfare
  • Northern English Springer Rescue
  • Oldies Club: Foster/Re-home dogs over 7 years old
  • SHAK
  • St Bernard Trust
  • Stray Aid
  • The Edward Foundation
  • The Staffordshire Bull Terrier Welfare
  • Wag and Company North East Friendship Dogs Ltd
  • Brain Tumour Research
  • Support Dogs
  • Carrie's Trust
  • Dogs Trust
  • Chloe & Liam Trust


Dogs Trust

For 2018 The Great North Dog Walk has joined forces with Dogs Trust as the official charity partner of the event. Dogs Trust is the UKs largest dog rehoming charity and has 21 centres across the UK and Ireland.

For more information about Dogs Trust, please visit www.dogstrust.org.uk



We are thrilled to have a local business who has as much passion and love for animals as we do supporting our event this year. Durham Animal Feeds is one of the UK’s best and biggest suppliers of all natural animal foods. They have been established in Durham since 1969 and is a third-generation family run business who have animal welfare and care at the heart of everything they do.

For more information about Durham Animal Feeds and to try some of their natural food please visit www.daf-petfood.co.uk.


Supported by

  • Dogs Trust
  • Newcastle Cat and Dog Shelter
  • The Little Heaven Hotel
  • National Trust
  • Sapphire
  • Chloe and Liam
  • hodgsons
  • Metro Radio
  • crufts
  • South Tyneside Council
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  • Ruff Wear
  • Sweet Pee
  • support dogs
  • marinescaffold

Also supported by

Northumbrian Water
Westoe Vets Ltd South Shields
Cultural and Community Services
South Tyneside Council
South Shields
JCS Vehicle Hire Ltd Jarrow
St. Johns Ambulance Newcastle
Arnett Printers Middlesborough & Stockton
Belle Tents Hire Sunderland
Events Insurance Kent
Supreme Crufts Champion 2003 "Danny" (Pekinese) Owner Phillip Martin
Falcon Joinery South Shields
Sapphire Engineering (NE) Ltd East Boldon
Marine Scaffolding Ltd South Shields
Ryton Adv1enture Club with David Bellamy Ryton
Bailey Fabrications (NE) Ltd South Shields
The Little Haven Hotel South Shields
Bills Autoparts Ltd South Shields
TPA Accountancy South Shields
Hodgson Motor group Silverlink, Newcastle


Register now, and walk with us on june 4th. Also be sure to check the rules for convenience.



Click below for the detailed information about the location, the plan of the venue, and the parking facilities.



Feel free to check the photos & the videos of the past events.