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7 Stunning Autumn Walks in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

Autumn is the perfect time to get out and explore Leeds’ natural beauty.

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Make the most of autumn by heading out on a walk around some of the most picturesque parts of Leeds.

Autumn is one of the best seasons to go walking in Leeds. The leaves will be in gorgeous shades of yellow, red and brown, creating a beautiful backdrop for a wander – and we know just where you should go. So without further ado, let us introduce you to seven fantastic autumn walks in Leeds.

Temple Newsam Bridleway

Temple Newsam

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Not only is Temple Newsam House worth a visit with all of its history, but the estate’s 1,500-acre grounds offer up the perfect opportunity for a breezy autumn walk. There’s plenty to discover on this 6-mile circular jaunt. The bridleways and woodland tracks are picturesque to say the least, while the Rhododendron Walk takes you by three different lakes, one surrounded by parkland, another covered in a variety of foliage and the last set in a stunning bamboo garden.

The Temple Newsam Bridleway walk starts within the estate grounds on Templenewsam Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0AE.

Bramhope Walk

Eccup Reservoir

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Around 5.5 miles long, the Bramhope Walk includes a host of the most picturesque settings in Leeds. Golden Acre Park and Adel Dam Nature Reserve are both on the route, as well as a number of farms like Linehan, Brookline and Cocker Hill. There’s also Eccup Reservoir and Paul’s Pond just off the path if you fancy gazing out across misty waters, and you can seek out an ancient Roman settlement too if you fancy adding a bit of local history.

The Bramhope Walk starts by The Fox and Hounds, The Cross, Bramhope, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 9AX.

Pudsey Link Bridleway

Pudsey Link Bridleway

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The Pudsey Link Bridleway didn’t exist a few years ago, but that’s all changed thanks to the work of local walking, cycling, running and horse-riding enthusiasts – all of them have worked with Leeds and Bradford Councils to make it happen. It’s a  6-mile linear walk that connects Tong Village with Apperley Bridge, perfect for leafy strolls through lovely spots like Woodhall Hills and Tyersal Beck. You don’t have to walk though, it’s just as good for a bike or horse ride.

The Pudsey Link Bridleway walk starts at Keeper Lane, Tong, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD4 0RS.

Meanwood Valley Trail

Seven Arches Aquaduct

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The Meanwood Valley Trail is a corking autumn walk that’s just minutes from the city centre. The full trail is 7 miles long, stretching from Woodhouse Moor to Golden Acre Park in the north, but it’s split up into sections, so you don’t have to do it all in one go. Along the way, you’ll come across some of Leeds’ finest natural sights, from Meanwood Beck to The Hollies, Adel Crag and Breary Marsh Nature Reserve, as well as landmarks like Slabbering Baby Well and the Seven Arches Aqueduct. It’s the perfect autumn ramble through Leeds.

The Meanwood Valley Trail starts at the statue of Henry Rowland Marsden, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6.

The Lines Way

The Lines Way, Kate Phillips

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If you fancy a stroll while taking in a host of diverse natural habitats, The Lines Way will do just the trick. Fifty years ago, this was a working railway line between Garforth and Castleford. Today, however, it’s a leafy walking route that connects not one, not two, but three nature reserves. The old rails are now gone, so you can take a gentle walk on brisk days, stopping at Letchmire Pastures, Town Hills and Hollinghurst Woods along the 4-mile route.

The Lines Way walk starts at 1 Blands Crescent, Allerton Bywater, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 2AF.

Roundhay Park Walks

Roundhay Park

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At over 700 acres, Roundhay Park is one of the biggest city parks in Europe and that means there are plenty of stunning sights to see here. You have five different routes to try, and none are too demanding, so you can do more than one if you feel like it. Take a walk around one of the two lakes or set out on an adventure to find the Secret Gorge or even the historic castle. Whichever you choose, you have some beautiful autumn scenery to look forward to.

The Roundhay Park Walks start across the park, Princes’ Avenue, Roundhay Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 1DF.

Calverley Circular

Calverley Woods

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Calverley is one of the most beautiful places in Leeds during autumn. This is an easy 3.5-mile walk full of beautiful woodland and incredible history. You’ll walk along the old boundary paths of Rawdown, Horsforth and Calverley as they were on old tithe maps. The highlight of the walk is Cragg Wood which will be carpeted in golden leaves, but you will also wander through a tree-covered section of the Leeds Country Way and explore the industrial history of Wood Bottom Mills before you finish.

The Calverley Circular walk tarts at Horsforth New Road, Calverley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS13 1NU.

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