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3 Epic Walks in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

The Meanwood Valley Trail, Walks in Leeds

If you want to get out there and explore, you don’t have to leave Leeds, we’ve got some epic walks of our own.

Sometimes the best way to discover something new is by getting out and exploring – and in Leeds, there’s no better way to do that than by taking on a scenic walk. They circle their way around the city, showing off Leeds’ heritage and landscape – two things that are vital to the city’s make up.

Leeds Waterfront Heritage Trail

Leeds Waterfront Heritage Walk

The Leeds Waterfront Heritage Trail is by no means an arduous ramble across the city, but it is one that is overflowing with a sense of history as it tackles some of the most important landmarks of Leeds’ past along a four mile stretch.

Kicking off at the iconic Kirkstall Abbey, you’ll make your way slowly into Leeds, past Gott’s Park in Armley and Cardigan Fields before encountering Wellington Place, Holbeck Urban Village, Granary Wharf, Leeds Bridge, The Calls, Brewery Wharf and Leeds Dock. That’s all before making your way back into the city where you’ll be able to toast everything you’ve seen with a drink at one of the many riverside bars.

Meanwood Valley Trail

Meanwood Valley Trail

The H.R. Marsden statue at the very south corner of Woodhouse Moor is where the famous Meanwood Valley Trail kicks off, taking you from the edge of the city centre to the heart of suburban Leeds.

On the seven mile route, you’ll get to discover a green side to the city you probably didn’t know was there. From Woodhouse Ridge, The Hollies and Scotland Mill’s Dam to the Seven Arches Aqueduct, Slabbering Baby Well and Golden Acre Park. It’ll be worth the aching legs in the morning, we promise.

The Leeds Country Way

Leeds Country Way

This one definitely lives up to the word epic. The Leeds Country Way is a sixty two mile path around Leeds, never going beyond seven miles away from Leeds City Square, and thankfully, it’s split up into four parts.

Each of those parts – from Golden Acre Park to Barwick-in-Elmet, Barwick-in-Elmet to Carlton, Carlton to Cockersdale and Cockersdale back to Golden Acre Park – are split into three themselves. So you can make a weekend of it and tick off one of the routes, never doing more than 6 miles in a day, while seeing some of the most scenic parts of Leeds while you’re at it.

Image of Leeds Country Way courtesy of Tim Green. Licensed for commercial reuse under Creative Commons.