Katie Buckle - My Yorkshire weekend
PUBLISHED: 00:00 10 January 2015
Businesswoman Katie Buckle takes a stroll round her favourite places in the county
We live in Moortown, North Leeds, with Roundhay Park right on our doorstep. This is one of my very favourite places; in fact, we love it so much Frazer and I got married there last summer in The Mansion. If not for the unrelenting wind and rain, we’d have had a lovely view from its veranda!
Our wedding is just one of many happy times we’ve had at Roundhay, walking around the lake and along the network of paths in the woods. It’s an amazing place, especially as it’s so close to the city centre.
I love walking and exploring. I was brought up in Liverpool and my family always holidayed in North Wales so I’ve climbed Snowdonia half a dozen times. When I pull on my boots in Yorkshire, I love to head for the no-less dramatic and wonderfully craggy Ilkley Moor. Many of our walks there end with a refreshing glass of wine in the Cow and Calf pub.
We’ve also recently really enjoyed a walk around Brimham Rocks overlooking Nidderdale, near Harrogate. This is an amazing collection of weirdly shaped rocks with names like Dancing Bear, Gorilla and the Eagle. The area is managed by the National Trust and makes for a really interesting stroll – especially if you are a keen photographer like me.
For eating out and socialising, we are also lucky to live within walking distance of Chapel Allerton, where there are some excellent restaurants and bars. El Bareto Spanish tapas restaurant serves incredible tapas in a great atmosphere and Sukothai restaurant is our favourite Thai eatery, and always gets rave reviews. We love popping to the Mustard Pot pub for drinks with friends and highly recommend its annual Mustardstock music festival, complete with live bands and a barbecue.
Chapel Allerton’s Regent pub is also a regular weekend destination – the pub even opened early on our wedding day to allow Frazer a quick drink to steady his nerves before the ceremony.
My sport of choice is tennis, which I’ve played for 30 years now, and the David Lloyd Tennis Centre in Moortown provides excellent facilities all year round with indoor and outdoor courts. I love a game to limber up before another working week spent driving between Provide Education’s regional offices in Brighouse and Barnsley, plus meetings at several schools. I love my job but that’s a lot of time to spend behind a desk or a steering wheel, so swinging a tennis racket keeps me fit for work.
Finally, if I need to do a little weekend shopping, I’ll head into Leeds where Trinity has been a great addition to the city centre with so many excellent shops all under one roof.
Katie is a director of Provide Education recruitment agency which works with schools across Yorkshire. For details, visit provide-education.co.uk.