When the weather’s nice, it’s a shame to stay inside – so why not make the most of the sunshine and take your other half out on a rather awesome date?
We may not get the sunshine very often, but when we do, there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you and your latest love interest (or even soul mate) entertained. From a stroll around the city’s most famous park to outdoor swimming, cycling and foraging – here’s how to show someone a good time in sunny Leeds.
1. The Aire Valley Towpath
One that doesn’t get talked about anywhere near as often as it should, the Aire Valley Towpath is a 17 mile canal path that runs from Leeds to Bingley, passing historic buildings and beautiful countryside along the way. You can go there and back, if you’re feeling ambitious, but there are also train stations on either side (as well as pubs at either end) if you want to get a well deserved pint at the other end.
Aire Valley Towpath Route, Wharf Approach Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5WA.
2. Ilkley Lido
An absolute treasure that all Leeds folk should visit at one time or another, Ilkley Lido is an outdoor pool set in the scenic countryside, with Cow & Calf as its stunning backdrop. It’s open from May to September, so you can visit for a swim in the summer sunshine, although there’s an indoor pool to retreat to if the weather turns. As well as the pool, you can also enjoy yoga and tennis – there’s sure to be enough to keep your date entertained.
Ilkley Pool & Lido, Denton Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 0BZ.
3. Roundhay Park
This one’s the obvious one. Roundhay Park is home to a wealth of experiences, so it doesn’t matter if you’ve been once, twice or a million times, there’s always something new to discover. You could explore Canal Gardens, their beautiful landscaping has lasted 180 years, or take a stroll around Waterloo Park, which this year will be home to the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon. It also has tennis courts, outdoor gym equipment, a beautiful gorge walk, and of course, Tropical World.
Roundhay Park, Princes Avenue, Roundhay Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2ER.
Ever been foraging? Well, it might be just what you need to mix up your dating schedule. It’s Edible Leeds that do it, with the ever-impressive Craig Worrall leading the way – and you’ve got all manner of adventures to choose from. You could have a go at coastal foraging and take in the Yorkshire seaside while you’re at it (admittedly, you’ll have to leave Leeds for that one) or try a trek through Kirkstall discussing cooking, preserving and mindful harvesting along the way.
Edible Leeds’ foraging events take place in venues across Leeds & Yorkshire.
5. Temple Newsam
It’s easy to think of Temple Newsam as a big, beautiful house you can visit in any weather, but let’s not forget that it’s surrounded by 1,500 acres of stunning parkland that are just waiting to be explored. Among the many treasures, you’ve got the Menagerie Ponds, each of which has a different personality, as well as the Rhododendron Walk which has grown and developed over the years. There’s also Home Farm, which will keep you entertained for a whole afternoon with its animal residents.
Temple Newsam, Templenewsam Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0AE.