An Armley-based dog walking club celebrated Easter in style as they ventured out donning an array of ribbons, bows and rabbit ears – before enjoying a balloon treasure hunt at Gotts Park golf club, writes Briony Axe.
The group, dubbed ‘Armley Walkies’, was set up in January through Facebook when a number of Armley residents expressed concern over walking their dogs alone in the winter darkness. The group now meets every Sunday in Armley Park.
Their usual route comprises of walking through the woodland surrounding the park, before stopping for a refreshment break at Gotts Park Mansion. Easter Sunday saw a special twist added to their normal routine: an Easter balloon hunt when they reached the golf course clubhouse.
Louise Cunningham, creator of the Facebook group says:
“We thought that a chocolate hunt wouldn’t work with the dogs, so we went up to the clubhouse [Sunday] morning before the walk and planted some balloons on sticks around the hedges at the golf club, with small packs of Haribo sweets underneath.
“The children just followed the trail and found the sweets, and also got a balloon on a stick to take home.”
The group welcomes walkers of all abilities and ages.
“Anyone can join the group and come along. All ages [are welcome].” Louise says.
She adds that though the group was originally set up for dog-walkers, there is no requirement to bring along a furry friend:
“Although a lot of members have a dog, quite a few don’t. We have a lovely time and new people are always welcome.”