With half term and a full weekend of kids parties our adventures recently have been a little bit different, so we’ve managed to fit in a woodland walk on Otley Chevin, pumpkin picking in Pontefract and we even dragged the kids Grandparents up Burley Moor. I also have a new best friend!
We were introduced a few weeks ago and I already feel this might be the start of a love/hate relationship. My new best friend is the leg press machine! I’m still having physio after my hip surgery last year and working hard to get stronger, with my charity trek next year I need to be as strong as possible so the jelly legs need a workout. I’m trying really hard to go to the gym every other day to do my prescribed exercises but the lurgy and half term had scuppered things slightly. Having said that my legs are definitely getting stronger and on the exercise bike it’s a lot less like cycling through treacle.
With a fully packed party weekend planned for the kids we only managed to fit in a few short walks to help with my training and try some steep inclines. We’ve walked on Otley Chevin before but there’s lots of it that we still haven’t discovered so this time we started our walk in a slightly different place. The autumnal woodland was gorgeous and the steepness of some of the paths were just what I needed. The kids had a great time in the woods kicking leaves and hiding behind the trees and we managed to spot a few planes taking off from the nearby airport.
The next party stop took us near Pontefract and so whilst the youngest was bouncing around on a trampoline we dashed over to Farmer Copley’s pumpkin farm. We had half an hour to pick three pumpkins and get back to collect our daughter, so the pressure was on as it’s a really popular place that if you can you could easily spend a few hours at
I usually do an aqua-fit class on Wednesday but with it being half term this wasn’t on but I needed to get my exercise in somewhere. The kids had been driving me mad so we visited my parents for a bit of a distraction with a walk nearby planned to wear them out! We marched off up to the moors with a plan to walk over to the Cow and Calf rocks at Ilkley. Having walked up the incredibly steep moor and negotiated a few streams and rocky sections we could see in the distance that the rain seemed to be heading over our way. It was getting rather blustery so we decided that it was best to turn around and head back. I’m so proud of my little lady, the walk was tough at times for us all (well apart from my son who leaps around like a mountain goat!) but she fell and hurt both knees but bravely carried on. We walked nearly 6 miles and I could definitely feel the burn in my legs. Burley and Ilkley Moor are a brilliant training ground for my trek, apart from the walls in this area are the drystone type and I don’t suppose I’ll meet many sheep in China!
So a busy half term is over and I’ve a physio session tomorrow, lets hope there has been a significant improvement in my leg strength.
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