Autumn Walks in Leeds
15th September 2017
As much as we’re probably all still trying to cling on to this Indian Summer we were told we would be getting, I think it’s safe to say that Autumn is now well and truly upon us. So, rather than starting to plan for hibernation, we should be embracing this beautiful time of year by getting into the great outdoors! If you venture out from the city centre of Leeds, you will come across some lovely walks for you to get in touch with nature! So if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, or throughout the Autumn months in Leeds we’ve put together some places for you to pay a visit...
With over 700 acres of land - parkland, woodland, lakes and beautiful award-winning gardens - Roundhay Park is one of the biggest, and most visited, city parks in Europe! Take a stroll through the woodland, where you will no doubt come across an array of wildlife such as, rabbits, squirrels, and woodpeckers. Relax by the lake, with the swans; taking in the beautiful skies and scenary, before taking a walk around the park's award-winning gardens! If you're looking for more of an active afternoon, Roundhay Park consists of a few sports pitches for football, rugby, and cricket, and a grass cycling track. Or you can take the family and go for an adventure through the Tropical World!
Temple Newsam is home to one of the great country houses of England. The country house is set in stunning landscape surroundings, and also includes an array of things for everyone to enjoy:
- A working rare breed's farm
- Football pitches
- A golf course
- Beautiful woodlands
Keep an eye out for race events, festivals and more being held at Temple Newsam!
Visiting Kirkstall Abbey was founded takes you through the ruins of a medieval Cistercian Abbey. The picturesque Abbey is a now Grade 1 listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument. The ruins are set in a lovely public park abundant with wildlife, which runs alongside the River Aire. Once you've had a nice stroll around the surroundings of the Abbey, or down the river, why not pop over to the Abbey House Museum which is the former gatehouse, located across the road from the Abbey. Between March and November, there are also the Kirkstall Abbey Markets which run one weekend per month from 12pm-3pm. Other events such as, open-air cinema and other family-fun activities throughout the year!
Otley Chevin is a great visit if you're looking for a day of nature, and the outdoors, no matter the weather as it's open all year round! The park has formed a network of public footpaths for you to set off on a circular walk, but they also offer themed trails such as a Geology Trail, Heritage Time Trail and a tree-spotting route. Make sure to look out for the "surprise view" over Yorkshire! Now that the autumn air is approaching fast, this is probably the perfect time to pay a visit to Otley Chevin Forest Park to take a lovely woodland adventure, see some beautiful views, before heading down into the town which has an abundance of restaurants, tea rooms, cafes and award-winning fish & chip shops... Or just a traditional British pub if you just fancy a cold refreshing pint after your walk!
The Golden Acre Park is located close to two of Leeds' nature reserves Breary Marsh and Adel Dam, and is known for it's beautiful bountiful gardens, covering 137 acres. With their popular tea rooms, and the Wildfowl Lake, it's the perfect setting for a nice, peaceful sunny Autumn afternoon walk in one of North Leeds most popular parks. The park gardeners change things up, and try to add new things each year, which is what keeps people wanting to return!