Fancy a ramble and a proper cup of coffee? These green spaces are just what you’re looking for…
Over the last 18 months, we’ve learned to love our countryside rambles all the more, but what would make these escapades even better? A caffeine hit to keep those energy levels up, of course. These Leeds parks have the perfect combo – beautiful scenery, fantastic trails and cafes aplenty to adorn you with the hot drinks and sweet treats to fuel your adventures.
The Three Cottages Cafe at the entrance to Meanwood Park is the only place to start your adventure. Grab a coffee and take your pick from the freshly baked sandwiches and cakes to get the ultimate energy booster for your walk.
Once you’ve got your treats, there are plenty of different ways to explore the park. You can go on a loop around the easygoing, tarmac paths that weave between the fields and ponds. Or take a hike into the woods – one route takes you up into The Hollies, another along the Meanwood Valley Trail, and the third goes up through the hilly paths towards Meanwood Cricket Club.
Meanwood Park, 92-96 Green Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4LT.
At 700 acres, Roundhay Park is one of the biggest urban parks in Europe. It has three cafes to meet the demand – you can get your cuppa and sweet treats from The Lakeside Cafe, The Explorers Cafe or The Garden Room Cafe – and let’s not forget the two ice cream vans at the lake and the Princes Ave Car Park.
There are five official walking routes to choose from. They range from one kilometre to three and there’s a route for everyone. If you have a buggy, the tarmacked paths of the Formal Garden Walk are perfect, but for kids that love to scamper and play, seek out the fairy village in the woods behind the Upper Lake Walk. Some of the best bits of Roundhay Park are off the beaten track, so don’t be afraid to explore.
Roundhay Park, Mansion Lane, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2HH.
The Temple Newsam Tea Room should be your first stop when you visit this Leeds landmark. You can grab hot drinks, sweet treats and food-to-go, as well as a take-out afternoon tea you can make a picnic of. Once you’ve stocked up, head out to enjoy their rolling green spaces.
There’s over 1,500 acres of grounds to explore at Temple Newsam, so there’s loads of exploring to be done. The 6-mile circular walk around the estate passes the Menagerie Ponds. Or how about the Rhododendron Walk? When the flowers are blooming, it’s a feast for the eyes. There are flat paths around the house and surrounding gardens, alongside more challenging routes through the woods.
Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0AE.
Golden Acre Park
Head through the underpass from the car park and you’ll find Golden Acre Park’s cafe ready and waiting for you. There’s teas and coffee aplenty, alongside locally made cakes and homemade sandwiches – they even have a few hot specials to-go if you fancy lunch.
The park has 179 acres of mature woodland and gardens. There are lots of pathways and forest trails, but if you just want a leisurely stroll, you can’t beat the Lakeside Walk. This 1.8-mile loop takes you past the lake, along the miniature monorail, through the Demonstration Garden and into the woods, all in one jaunt. You can even branch out to Breary Marsh and Adel Dam, two nature reserves that sit next door.
Golden Acre Park, Off Arthington Road, Bramhope, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 8BQ.
As the biggest green space in South Leeds, Middleton Park is the perfect place for a stroll. It’s got a great little cafe overlooking the lake that’s staffed by locals with learning disabilities – they’ll serve you all the hot drinks, sandwiches and sweet treats you need for your stroll.
There are over 630 acres of sweeping park and woodland to explore here and that means there are loads of different walks for you to choose from. You can explore its history on the Steam Power Walk, as you pass the dips and swells of land that are remnants of the bell pits from coal mines of old. Or you can head out on the family-friendly Transport Walk, which shows off historic landmarks, like the old tramlines and railways.
Middleton Park, Town Street, Middleton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 3SH.