BITMOs GATE Walk and Talk every Wednesday

DSCF2159Hurray the Bitmo Gate Walk and Talk starts again.

Wednesday the 19 of August was our first walk.

It’s now every Wednesday from 12 noon for an hour. Meet at The GATE, until the weather makes it unsafe to do the walk, i.e. Icy Pavements.

Then hopefully in the Spring onwards when the weather improves.

If it rains on the day of the walk, please ring me on 0113 270 8213 to see if the walk is still going ahead.

I had a walk round the route I had chosen first with Sam, who wanted to risk asses the route.

Karim joined us who already had been on the Volunteer Health Walk Leader Training CourseDSCF2163.

I attend this course on the 4 September. Until then I’m not allowed to run the group. I will be still going on all the walks.

The route took us around the edge of Middleton Park, up Newhall Road/Aberfield Drive and onto the Belle Isle part of Town Street. I wanted to go as far as the cottages where the Park workers employees used to live. I had a story to tell about those.

I looked at my watch, and we had already walked about 30 minutes. So we started to run out of time to make it to the Cottages.

The Walk and Talk had only to last one hour, so we went along Lingwell Avenue and made our way back down the Ring Road onto Belle Isle Road and back to BITMO GATE.

Back at The GATE, met up with Ben, Amanda and Simon who joined us now for the route chosen earlier.

Karim did the walk again with me and the group, but Sam had to go, who had other commitments.

I looked at my Watch; Pedometer says, did just over 6 miles, remember me and Karim did the route twice. Yet my Edmondo pedometer tells a different story.

Ben tells me I passed first part of test.

DSCF2164We managed a photo shoot, with Lynne and me taking photos before we all made our way home.

Look forward to a new route for next Wednesday.

I must give my thanks to Carla of BITMO’s GATE who organised the event and got me onto the Volunteer Health Walk Leader Training Course.

Maybe Carla, you will be able to come along to future walks?


Ben says, (Run Leeds)

“I really enjoyed chatting to people in the group and learning more about south Leeds.”

Sam says,

“It was really good to see members of the Belle Isle Community getting active and involved in the Leeds Let’s Get Active walking group. Special thanks to BITMO’s GATE and Ken Ingram for being the driving force behind the group.”


Useful information

Sam Coupland

Active Lifestyles Officer (South and Central), Sport and Active Lifestyles, Leeds City Council 07891 274517 or (0113) 395 0192; email:

Ben Run Leeds


Call (0113) 378 2190 or text 07981 274 237; email:

Kenneth Ingram (Trainee Walk Leader)

Mobile 0750 320 1949, Landline (0113) 270 8213



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