For the North of England, consistent sun and heat is a little alien to us. Are we being tricked? Is it about to end soon? Well, fear not, as summer is officially here to stay and it’s not going anywhere!
This is amazing news, for most of us anyway. School holidays and time off work seems like complete bliss when the sun is shining – it reinforces a sense of carefree and just makes everybody seem a little less mardy.
It’s a shame not to make the most of the sun and visit some of Leeds’ amazing outdoor spaces whilst you can. So, with that being said – we have compiled a little list of outdoor places all across Leeds for you to enjoy the summer sun.
In just a short train journey away from the city centre, you can be transported to Costa del Ilkley, complete with its own outdoor swimming pool. If you haven’t been to Ilkley Lido before then this weather is the perfect opportunity for you to do so as you can soak up the rays in your swimming cozzie and have a little dip – something that is usually unheard of in August unless you’re in Spain. Ilkley is an amazing place for a day trip, so check out the great independent scene before making your way to the Lido to relax!
Yeadon is the home to our notorious airport. If you are around the area you will see an influx of Jet 2 planes, but what you might not have seen is its tarnfield park, otherwise known as Yeadon Tarn. Yeadon Tarn is a delight all year round (in winter the water freezes over and if you’re brave, you can step on the ice) but is certainly at its best in the sun. There’s a huge array of things to do such as sailing, cycling, bowling and on Sunday’s you can enjoy one of the summer bands in the park. They also have an ice cream van selling proper ice cream from the dales, which is delicious.
Otley Chevin Forest Park
On to Otley now, and we reach the Chevin Forest Park. If you’re a nature lover then this is one for you, as the park overlooks both Otley Town Centre and Wharfe Valley, making it a real sight for sore eyes. There are lots of walking trails you can make up yourselves, or you can follow their “themed” trails which are specifically routed. Either way, if you are a sucker for stunning scenery and great independent businesses, then Otley is the place to be.
Lotherton is amongst some of the beautiful council-run attractions in Leeds and is a enjoyable day out for everybody, no matter your age. They have a variety of outdoor (and indoor) areas to visit. They have a bird garden which is home to over 400 birds, an adventure playground with zip wires and climbing frames, as well as a deer park home to red deer. If you want a bit of fun in the sun, then try Lotherton Hall!