Leeds is a great city. In fact, it’s one of the best in the UK. Yes, biased Yorkshire woman over here!
But, for all the love the city gets, one things that’s not mentioned enough is just how much lovely countryside there is nearby. You only need to travel a short distance away from Leeds to discover countryside, waterfalls, and amazing views that will take your breath away. If you’re craving that fresh air this weekend, here are some countryside walks in Leeds that will make you feel a million miles away from city life…
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This 7 mile trail is perfect if you’re looking for a short walk or a longer trek through the woodland of Leeds. It’s a varying pathway that passes through parkland, woods, over small streets and by waterfalls. If you want to start from the beginning, take your first steps on the trail from Woodhouse Moor and continue your walk through Headingley, Meanwood and Adel, finishing at Golden Acre Park. Alternatively, take your time on a shorter route – the path from Meanwood Park is a good place to start – and take in the fresh air around you.
This walk, surprisingly enough, takes you around part of the perimeter of Eccup Reservoir. Start at the edge of the water and walk the flat path before wandering into the woodland and around the edge of Shadwell Golf Course. From here, you’ll end up at a road where you can continue your walk up into the fields before ending back at the start point, or you can double back and do the reverse route on the flat path you’ve just walked on. I can highly recommend the walk through the fields though, the scenery is beautiful. Just make sure to take walking boots as the walking tracks get quite muddy!
This one is a little way out but truly worth it. St Aidan’s RSPB Nature Reserve is an old mine that has been transformed into a gorgeous landscape that both humans and wildlife can enjoy. Since the mine’s closure, this place has grown into a place that attracts Bitterns, Black-Headed Gulls, Skylarks and Short Eared Owls. There are over 7.5 miles of pathway to follow here and each one takes you around a gorgeous landscape of wetland, reedbeds and woodland.
Do you have any other countryside walks in Leeds I need to know about? I’m always looking for new and exciting places I can get out into the fresh air!