Looking for somewhere new to walk the dog? Add these crackers to your list.
Nothing beats quality time in the great outdoors with your little four-legged best mate, and with so many amazing parks and trails to explore in Leeds, you don’t have to stick to the same old routes. Whether you’re up for exploring an ancient forest or you’d rather take a gander around one of the city’s favourite urban parks, your dog’s next best day out is never too far away – that’s the least they deserve after all. We’re talking serene lakes, picturesque gardens and loads of room for fetch – it’s all here, ready to be explored on your next dog walk. So, doggy bags at the ready, we’re off on a proper tail-wagging adventure.
One of the biggest parks in Leeds, and Europe for that matter, Roundhay Park is heaven on Earth for dogs and dog owners alike. Open green lawns as far as the eye can see? Superb views over the lake? Peaceful woodland for plenty of sniffing opportunities? Check, check and check! With so much going on, you could spend the whole day here with your shadow in tow, taking in the stunning surrounds while they burn off all that puppy dog energy. Feeling thirsty? You’ve got the choice of the Preston or The Stew & Oyster – two pooch-friendly pubs with oodles of outdoor space to bask in the sun or cuddle up together inside.
Roundhay Park, Mansion Lane, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2HH.
If a dog walk around one of Leeds’ finest historic landmarks doesn’t tempt you, nothing will. The Temple Newsam Circular Walk is one of the easier trekking routes around these parts, stretching around 3 kilometres and with a stop-off at the gorgeous Tudor-Jacobean estate that’s great for humans and heaps of room for your pooch to run around. There’s a good mix of woodland and parkland across its 1,500 acres, with idyllic ponds and rose gardens, it’s a total sniff-fest that’s got loads of you too. Come on a wet day and they’ll love splashing around in the muddy puddles – because how could you say no to that face?
Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0AE.
Otley Chevin Forest Park
Otley Chevin Forest Park offers breathtaking views over the dramatic Wharfe Valley and into the Leeds market town of Otley, making it one of the best places to walk the dog in the city. When it comes to routes, you’ve got options, with countless criss-cross paths covering the park’s 445 acres. Seeking a shorter one? The 2-kilometre Heritage Trail starts from the Lower Shawfield car park and takes you past eight wonderful tree sculptures by local artist Shane Green – a win-win for you and them. If you’re after for a longer route, go for the Geology Trail – a 4-kilometre walk passing the famous Surprise View.
Otley Chevin Forest Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS21 3DD.
Plenty of pretty views and tons of variety makes Meanwood Park the perfect place to bring the dog on your next walk. It sits just north of the city centre, so it’s particularly ideal for those of you city dwellers who want to get a bit of fresh air and escape the busy city centre streets. On every visit you’ll discover something new – will it be the gorgeous open spaces or the quaint pathway along Meanwood Beck that capture your heart and theirs? Follow the Meanwood Valley Trail to The Hollies, where you can uncover all sorts of lovely plants, and on to Golden Acre Park if you really want to stretch those legs.
Meanwood Park, 8 Tannery Square, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 4LT.
Want a walk that will have your dog running around fields and get some air into your lungs? The circular route around Eccup Reservoir is the walk for you. Stretched over 4.5 miles, The walk begins in the car park on Stair Foot Lane in Adel Woods and follows the iconic Dales Way. Along the way, you’ll pass through farmland and the quaint Leeds village of Eccup, over a dam and past the local golf course, before ending up back where you started. The reservoir is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is known for its birdlife, so make sure you look out for the Red Kites on your way around.
Eccup Reservoir, Alwoodley Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 7PF.
Golden Acre Park
A mix of woodland and gardens surrounding a picturesque lake? It’s no wonder Golden Acre Park is one of the best parks to walk the dog in Leeds. You can park your car across the road and head through the underpass to the park before setting off into the impressive 179 acres – but which route will you take? For a gentler stroll, there are loads of flat pathways to follow, but the circular lakeside walk is a tried-and-tested favourite with local dog walkers. With on-lead and off-lead zones, planted garden areas and sprawling fields perfect for playing fetch, your pup will love it just as much as you.
Golden Acre Park, Otley Road, Bramhope, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS16 8BQ.
Bramley Fall Park & Woods
10,000-years-old native woods and stunning parkland beside the river and canal makes Bramley Fall Park & Woods a must-visit for every dog owner in Leeds. The paths and trails are all well-trodden, including the short 1-mile walk which takes a circular route through beautiful heathland and wildflower meadows that’ll really get their sniffer going. The wide open spaces on the fringe of this historic park are great if you want to let your pooch off the lead and the ancient foliage provides ample shade in the warmer months and shelter on those rainy days.
Bramley Fall Park & Woods, 77 Town Street, Bramley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS13 2ET.
Middleton Park is huge, coming in at a whopping 470 acres, it’s got plenty going for it when it comes to walking the dog. It boasts a picture perfect rose garden, a mammoth pond with a few feathered friends and a big open grassy area, perfect for a few games of fetch. The woodland area is a can’t-miss too, it’s stunning all year round, but it really comes into its own during spring when the bluebells poke out of the ground. Whether you want a short stroll or a longer walk, this is a great all-rounder in South Leeds. Did we mention there’s loads of parking and a cafe too?
Middleton Park, Town Street, Middleton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 3SH.