Having enjoyed a couple of sunny days in the city already, our fingers are crossed for an unusually “un-English” summer and the chance to enjoy being a bit al fresco.
Ok, so the city centre might not be littered with green space but that doesn’t mean you can’t find numerous spots to sun yourself. Although space is at a premium, it has just meant that people have had to be a little bit more inventive about where to find it.
Utilising every nook and cranny seems to be something which the bar scene in Leeds has become pretty nifty at, with many raising their gardens off the floor and up onto the roof tops. Headrow House already had an extensive roof terrace however, an even higher level, Kennedy Meadows, recently opened allowing you to look out over the roof tops and chimneys of the city.
But if it’s open green and pleasant land you’re after, then Leeds has an abundance of this too, yes you might have to make the effort to venture a little further from the city centre but trust us, the bus trip is worth it.
Roundhay Park is probably the most well-known green destination and rightly so, with vast green expanses, play equipment and Tropical World all within its boundaries. Although, one of our favourite inner city green belts, comes from a more unexpected place, Meanwood.
Meanwood Valley Trail, is a seven mile stretch which weaves its way through some of the most popular Leeds suburbs and allowing you to get away from roads and houses and explore next to rivers, woodland and out towards the countryside.
With so many areas of Leeds, it would be hard to list every outdoor gem around but it’s worth remembering that whenever you hear a complaint about the lack of outdoor space in summer, you know it’s just the lazy statement of someone who hasn’t taken the time to explore all that the city has to offer.