As most of you already know I am the proud mummy of George, my dog, who is a beautiful King Charles Spaniel. We are the best of friends and go everywhere together and we especially love our days out walking. We love to explore both new and familiar areas and I believe our walks are good for both our health.
So with this in mind I thought I would start a regular feature on my blog of our walks together. I will show you a little of where we went and give you a little background into each location should you wish to explore each one yourself.
Because of my love for walking I was sent a lovely pair of walking boots from Vionic Shoes to try out on my walks with George. Vionic Shoes was established in 1979 through the work of renowned podiatrist Phillip Vasyli. Because of his work in the field of lower limb biomechanics, he had a genuine need to make orthotic treatment affordable for all. From this he created one of the first heat mouldable orthotics for footwear which laid the ground work for Vionic Shoes to create footwear that helps many different foot conditions. The company now create fashionable but comfortable footwear that help people suffering from many different foot conditions, including Plantar Facsiitis ( which is pain in your heel caused by inflammation and strain ). The footwear is also designed to bring natural alignment into your feet and so easing stress and strain on the foot area.
Some of you will know that because of a badly broken ankle and leg some years ago, I struggle to find shoes that are comfortable. This is due to the fact that I had major surgery on my leg to rebuild it and I still have metal plates and pins around my ankle and lower leg. Yes, that means I am the one that frequently sets off the security alarm at the airport ! So I was really keen to try out my new boots from Vionic as I was in desperate need of some suitable footwear for my long hikes dog walking. I have been trying them out for a few months now and I am SO pleased with them. Not only do my feet feel comfortable overall but my troublesome left ankle and lower leg is well supported which is reassuring as sometimes we do a lot of dog walks over difficult terrain.
So for my first walk trying out the boots I chose to visit Golden Acre Park in Leeds. This is only about thirty minutes drive from Knaresborough and so it is easy to get to for us. Golden Acre Park lies in North Leeds between Adel and Bramhope and is approximately six miles from Leeds city centre. The park is known for its beautiful gardens, circular lakeside walk and tea rooms. The cafe has an outdoor seating area which has recently been extended and your dog will be welcome in this outdoor seating area. There are public toilets and lots of refuse bins for disposing of your dog poo bags !
What I like about this walk is that it is circular and so it’s an easy walk to do if you find you don’t have much time. You can complete the full circular walk in about an hour, providing you don’t stop off at the lovely tea room for coffee and a cake ! The park is so vast ( 55 hectares ), that even on a busy day you never feel crowded in and there is always plenty of room for your dog to enjoy the sights and sounds of the park.
Parking is really easy too and there is plenty of free parking. Yay for free parking ! There are two car parks for Golden Acre. The main one is located on Otley Road although this can get busy at weekends and school holidays. My advice would be to park in the quieter car park which is located on Arthington Lane at the other side of the park away from the main entrance.
There are plenty of swans and ducks on the lake and there is a good viewing area for the wildlife which is ideal for children and adults alike. Obviously it is wise to keep your dog on a lead if there is wildlife around and to stop your dog falling in the lake !
I hope you enjoyed the first dog walk post. We certainly enjoyed our walk around Golden Acre Park and we are now regular visitors there. Have you been to the Park ? If so, what did you think of it ? And most importantly did your dog enjoy it ?
Well, my boots certainly enhanced my walk, as they kept my feet dry and comfortable. And as someone who suffers from foot pain it is a relief to wear comfortable shoes. Please have a look at the Vionic Shoe website and their footwear range, especially if you suffer from any painful foot conditions. If you already have some shoes from Vionic, let me know in the comments below what you think.
Next month I will be back with another dog walk with George.
Until then dear friends,
** My boots were a gift from Vionic Shoes but the views and comments are my own independent opinion **