Travel the World with the University of Leeds Hiking Club!

The University of Leeds Hiking Club have recently returned from a 2-week expedition to the Swiss Alps. We have been exploring the Kandersteg and Lauterbrunnen regions. The trip marks the end to yet another exciting year for the club. We have now increased our international repertoire, which includes the likes of Iceland, Austria, Italy, Norway and the Pyrenees.

During the first week of the trip, the club stayed in the small alpine town of Kandersteg, which acted as a great base camp for exploring the regions 3000m peaks. With five full days in the area we wasted no time! On the first day a group completed a hike to the Fründenhütte, a route which encompassed 1,500m of accent! The club also took on routes including the Gallihorn and Lotschenpass in addition to exploring the local towns. With perfect alpine weather and the occasional afternoon downpour, a great time was had by all!

On the 7th day we travelled to the valley of Lauterbrunnen for the remainder of the trip. It’s an idyllic valley known for it’s waterfalls, skiing and summer hiking also provided a perfect location with exciting routes.  During the week, the club completed routes including the iconic Schynige Platte to First ridge, the Schilthorn, the Gleckstein Hutte as well as lower elevation walks around the base of the Eiger and around the town of Interlaken.  During the week, a sightseeing trip to the Jungfraujoch was undertaken, and at an elevation of 3500m. This was one of the highest elevations the club has reached, despite having to get a train to the summit! The week also provided many other opportunities including wild swimming, Swiss National Day celebrations, a folklore evening and trips out to the only bar in the valley! Overall, the trip was a huge success and everyone had an amazing two weeks abroad!

About Our Club

The University of Leeds Hiking club, a society of around 250 members welcomes all and maintains a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.  With multiple events on each week during term time, there is always something going on with the club. From a day trip to the Yorkshire dales, weekend walks in the Lake District, or a wintry  adventure in the Scottish Highlands. We even take week long trips during the Easter and summer holidays around the country! Our personal favourites though are the  international adventures, which have taken us far and wide.
So if you’re after a new challenge and a breath of fresh air the club is open to all. You can escape the city, take a break from work and make friends for life with UOLHC!
Aside from club trips, the club also has an amazing social life.  We have weekly socials for catching up on all the club gossip and enjoying a bit food and a drink. The club also hosts a wide range of other socials throughout the year including the Christmas dinner, Lazer-Quest, and film nights just to name a few! There is always a warm and friendly atmosphere where everyone is welcome.
Weather it’s hardcore winter mountaineering, scrambling, long hikes, exploring the UK’s mountainous regions, traveling the world, or a short stroll, UOLHC is for you!
Come and find us at the international fresher’s fair and the fresher’s fair this September! We’ll be more than happy to answer any questions. Hopefully we can provide you with all the information you need about one of the most amazing societies Leeds has to offer!
We look forward to seeing you soon!

Athlete of the Month: September

Leeds Sport Strength & Conditioning

With Varsity creeping ever closer the Leeds Gryphons rugby team have hit their training hard in order to prepare for the clash against Leeds Beckett. With so many strong athletes competing for a spot in the 1st team, and a chance to play in the Varsity Finale at Headingly Stadium, it’s a struggle just to pick out one. Through one of the most intense months of training one athlete stood out, Alex Bidwell. He managed to answer a few questions for us in between sessions.

What’s your sport?

I play rugby for the Leeds University 1st team, and I have played rugby for around 12 years.

What is your training schedule?

We are currently in pre season and have 4 gym sessions a week, 5 rugby training sessions, and one fitness session at the end of the week. Pre season is designed to be extremely difficult so once we get into the season this will be toned down and we will be training and in the gym twice a week.

What S&C do you do?

The pre season programme has involved us doing one leg pull, one leg push, one upper body push and one upper body pull each week. Each session finishes with a circuit of core exercises, which is absolutely crucial to us as players as it helps with stability and strength in many aspects of the game. For me as a hooker it helps with my throwing as I need to keep a tight core to throw accurately over a long distance. As rugby is a full body sport all this is extremely useful conditioning for us and helps the team grow as athletes as they get stronger across their whole body.  

What is your favourite exercise?

Landmine press is one of my favourite exercises as it has helped me develop an effective and powerful hand off that had previously been lacking in my game.

What is your least favourite exercise?

Split squats are an exercise I always grimace at when I see them on a session plan. They normally come after squats or dead-lifts and the constant tension and growing fatigue felt when holding the lunge makes the exercise very difficult.

How do you feel S&C has helped you develop as an athlete?

S&C has helped me develop as an athlete as it has made me far stronger and fitter. In rugby this has meant that I am stronger in the tackle and breakdown area, and have hopefully become a bit faster. The constant work on leg strength has helped me massively with my scrummaging as I’m able to stay in a strong and low position in the scrum for longer. S&C has also made me more resilient to injuries as through these sessions and exercises, muscles around key joints have become stronger meaning they can withstand a higher level of physicality in games.

S&C coach Max has been working with the rugby team since they arrived back in Leeds for pre-season. He told us a little more about Alex:

Alex has been great to work with over pre-season. He leads from the front in the gym, working hard and encouraging others. He really pushes himself, and this has shown the new players the standard that is expected.


Professional Contract for Martin Andersson

Sports scholar and cricket all-rounder Martin Andersson has been awarded a two-year professional contract with Middlesex County Cricket Club.

After spending his university years playing for Leeds/Bradford MCCU Andersson has been given a full-time professional contract.  He has already been playing first-class matches for our MCCU but is now stepping firmly on to the professional scene.

Over the summer months Andersson has played a major role in Middlesex’s Second Eleven successes in recent seasons with both bat and ball. He even made his first eleven debut in Middlesex’s final Vitality Blast fixture of this year’s campaign against Sussex.

Middlesex’s Managing Director Angus Fraser commented:

‘Martin has made a really positive impression on everyone since leaving University. He has shown his adaptability by scoring hundreds in both T20 and red-ball cricket and he has bowled with control and discipline too.’

 After only a week since his signing Martin has been snapped up by Derbyshire. He is now on loan until the end of the season and is looking forward to what lies ahead.

Andersson himself commented:

“I am extremely proud to have been given this opportunity and am looking forward to the next two years here at Lord’s. I would like to thank both Middlesex and Derbyshire for giving me the fantastic opportunity of playing some first-class cricket.”

Andersson was named in Derbyshire’s squad to face Glamorgan, following Sean Irvine’s retirement from cricket. Bening selected in their starting eleven Andersson has made his County Championship debut.

Angus Fraser added:

“The loan opportunity for Martin Andersson with Derbyshire is a win, win situation for everybody. Martin is an exciting all-rounder and and he will only benefit from the experiences this loan move will involve. We believe he has the potential to develop into a fine cricketer.”

Changes to Ladies Only Gym Session Location

The Edge

We run ladies only gym and swimming sessions on the following days:

Ladies Only Gym – Sundays 07:30 – 09:30.

Please note, from Saturday 9 September The Edge Ladies Only Gym session will be moving to City Side Halls of Residence Gym, a two minute walk towards Millennium Square from The Edge.

These sessions will be staffed by a female Edge Fitness Team member. For directions to City Side Halls of Residence please click here, and for further information please contact

Ladies Only Swimming – Tuesdays 10:45 – 11:45. View the full swimming pool timetable here.

Ladies Only Swimming – Tuesdays 21:15 – 22:15. View the full swimming pool timetable here.