Meet at 630 for a repeat of the roundhay hippo, this time we’ll do the route in reverse!
Meet by the roundhay fox - parking on mansion lane. See you there :)
Riobhne completed a community mission. Instead of watching TV or lying in bed, Riobhne was out there making their community a better place to be. For making that choice they have earned the community cape.
On a sunny Saturday morning, six GoodGym Leeds members arrived at Crossgates and Districts Good Neighbours scheme, to help paint the inside of the centre white.
It was lovely to welcome Evie to her first GoodGym Leeds task.
We set about painting the main rooms and smaller rooms. Being the tallest Alex was assigned the painting of the ceiling. We were very kindly given a welcome cup of tea and slice of cake at the break time.
By the end of the two hours, most of the painting work had been completed with just a few bits left that the Crossgate team are planning to finish.
The walls looked a lot brighter after a fresh coat of white paint.
A small team of GoodGym runners are needed to paint the office and community room for Cross Gates and District Good neighbours scheme.
We have been asked to paint the rooms in the community centre - ideally covering the whole space with at least 1 coat of paint. There will be a member of staff available on the day to help with the painting and any questions that GoodGym runners might have.
We will maintain social distance as best we can. Please wear a face covering when inside. Tools will not be shared and painting will be done with paint and paintbrushes provided.
Any questions, get in touch with Gemma (email@example.com)
A visit to Ilkley’s ‘Cow and Calf’ was the target for the first GG Leeds hiking social! The morning shower cleared just as the group of intrepid adventurers departed Ilkley station in the direction of the nearest hill!
The 7.8 mile route started tough with a steep ascent up Ilkley crags to join the Dales High Way. Whilst most of us were relieved to reach the top of the trail, Adam was determined to go off piste and scale the adjacent hill to inspect a small Cairn.
Under the advice of friendly walkers passing us in the opposite direction, and with Jenny concerned for her new ‘Swetty Betty’ hiking boots, we stuck to the - only partially submerged - flagstones for the short hop across the moor to our next waypoint, the twelve apostles. After a thorough and detailed history lesson at the stone circle (I’ll google route facts the night before next time!), we left the apostles behind and continued across the moor.
This time the route was much less forgiving, the flagstones gave way to mud - with many a grunt and squeal being heard as the group hopped across the increasing wide and deep boggy puddles! After numerous shouts of ‘are you sure we’re going the right way’ i was relieved when we finally reached the edge of the moor, and dry ground!
“I went in real deep on that one” Riobhne not quite nailing the landing of a big puddle jump.
After a short pit stop, reenergised by greggs sausage rolls (great shout Charlie), we continued towards the rocks. On re-joining the dales way the next definitely planned surprise was a small waterfall which made for a great picture stop. The next waypoint was the cow and the calf pub for a quick drink and comfort break, with great views being had of the Cow and Calf itself.
The route back to Ilkley took us up and over the rocks, with many testing their rock climbing abilities - again Adam proving his bravery by taking the hardest routes possible! As we climbed our way across several mini crags, comparisons were drawn to scenes from the lion king - with Rachel’s rendition of the circle of life proving highly motivational!
“Can anyone remember how the lion king theme tune goes?” Rob inspiring an afternoon song from Rachel.
Starting to get a little weary and more importantly hungry, all were pleased to make it back down the hill to Ilkley - not least new good gymmer Harry on discovering he’d escaped a parking ticket!
Thanks all for attending - hope you enjoyed and we’ll arrange another hike soon!