Whether you’re venturing out to discover new places, or you’re commuting around the area you have lived in for your whole life, often, travelling by bus can introduce you to some of the hidden gems dotted around that may have otherwise gone undiscovered.

Today, we’re shining the spotlight on one of Leeds’ bus routes which connects the south of the city to the north. The number 12 First Bus route is ideal for exploring the lesser-known outskirts of Leeds city centre such as Churwell and Middleton, and here, we’ll be giving you a guided tour of some of our favourite hidden gems on the route, and giving you the full insight into where to get off and what you’ll find there.

Bus stop: Bodmin Road

Leeds Urban Bike Park – Leeds Urban Bike Park is run by Cycle Pathway CIC, who made it their mission to make the bike park successful. By making it a free and sustainable facility, their focus is to help young people the best way they can by providing opportunities and activities that increase their mindset. With mentoring and coaching available from their experienced group of staff, they have created a safe and inclusive environment that can be enjoyed with or without a bike.

Leeds Urban Bike Park, Ring Road, Beeston Park, Middleton, Leeds, LS10 3TN

Bus stop: Stafford Street

Stephenson Wallpapers – Supplying the people of Leeds since 1882, they’ve established themselves at Stephensons as one of the leading decorating supply stores in Leeds. This home good store sells everything from wallpaper to paint and accessories, as well as offering services in paint mixing. You’re bound to find the wallpaper you’ve been searching for here, through their extensive variety of colours, prints and textures.

333-335 Hunslet Rd, Hunslet, Leeds LS10 1NJ

Bus stop: Brookfield Street

City Bloc – City Bloc was established in 2009 by four members of the British Bouldering Team. Using their experience, they created City Bloc which allows beginners to develop their skills and learn different climbing techniques. They also provide experienced climbers a competition style setting for those wanting to take their skills to the next level. The supportive staff are always around to give you tips and hints to enhance your techniques.

1 Kitson Rd, Leeds LS10 1NT

Bus stop: Spencer Place

Maureen’s Caribbean Food – This Caribbean restaurant in Harehills has over 20 years of experience in the industry of food. You can taste the true authentic flavours of Caribbean home-cooking, and all their dishes are cooked using only the freshest ingredients with an emphasis on seasonal meats, fish and vegetables. They’re available for eating in, takeaway or catering for special occasions.

105 Roundhay Road, Harehills, Leeds LS8 5AJ

Bus stop: Oakwood Clock

Preston Bar – Preston Bar is one part of the North Brewing Co organisation, located in the suburb of Oakwood. Preston is the perfect spot for visitors, families and friends, you can pop in for takeaway cans, wine, merchandise or snacks from North Brewing Co. Preston is named after Thomas Preston, a grocer from Chapel Allerton who built this building in 1898.

468 Roundhay Road, Roundhay, Oakwood, Leeds LS8 2HU

Grön Kafé – Gron Kafe brings you the best scandinavian-inspired dishes, fuelled by ingredients that will kick your day off right. They make sure to use produce from local suppliers, and always cook fresh to order. They also have vegan and vegetarian options for those who prefer plant-based options, including vegan protein shakes and juices, alternatives like almond butter and oat milk, and daily buddha bowls.

454 Roundhay Road, Roundhay, Oakwood, Leeds LS8 2HU

Jackrabbits Pottery – Jackrabbits was set up in 2014 and quickly became a favourite with both adults and children. Whether you want to plan a romantic couples afternoon, a family activity or a birthday party, Jackrabbits has become everyone’s favourite local business and new favourite activity.

633A Roundhay Road, Roundhay, Leeds LS8 4BA

Bengal Brasserie – One of the Bengal Brasserie locations is located on Roundhay Road, which has been furnished in a modern contemporary style to follow the same concepts as their other restaurants. Known as one of Yorkshire’s finest Indian restaurants, serving classic dishes and other specialities.

633A Roundhay Road, Roundhay, Leeds LS8 4BA