From there, one can take a lovely stroll along, towards Kirkstall with its stunning abbey, Bramley with its luscious woods, Rodley with its glorious nature reserve, and for the long walkers, onwards to Apperley Bridge, Calverley and Shipley.
It’s a fine route of equally well preserved and beautifully wild surroundings, where the winding towpaths reward as followed throughout, and veering off at the many potential stop offs offer more great greenery to enjoy.
Indeed, at all sides of the city, green spaces are never far away to walk to, in and from. Parks permeate, all providing their own unique settings to either sit back, play or take a walk in, from the sprawling Roundhay Park, through the glorious Golden Acre Park, to the vibrant Hyde Park, and many more besides. Close to the the latter are community led green spaces brightening up their gritty surroundings.
Hyde Park Source manage various spots for this very reason of improving areas with nature, both offering opportunities for people to get involved and an outlet to take a breath and a stroll at.
One such place is Hyde Park Allotments, where community plots can be planted on thanks to both Hyde Park Source and another environmentally active group Green Action Leeds. They are a Leeds University Union Society who have been doing great things for two decades, and it is also at the University of Leeds that the Sustainable Garden was created.
This is a lovely outdoor eco space managed by Rooted LUU that showcases an array of nature and is a wonder to wander around and gather a piece of peace amongst the hubbub of university life.
At nearby Woodhouse, one can explore the wilds of nature on The Ridge, a characterful woodland where wildlife can be spotted and grounds can be trodden. From here, paths lead to the Meanwood Valley Trail, a thoroughly enjoyable Leeds trek, and the Dales Way, a gorgeous Yorkshire ramble.
Those taking the long route, can end up in Ilkley and walk its famous rolling moors, or Otley with its fine rising chevin, and the more adventurous can even venture outside of God’s own county and into Windermere at the Lake District.
Back in Leeds, less lengthy but equally attractive journeys cater for all fitness levels, from the early steppers to the ultra healthy.
Leeds Country Way and Wyke Beck Valley Way are picturesque walks which start from the aforementioned Golden Acre and Roundhay parks and take in splendid spots such as Eccup Reservoir and Temple Newsam respectively, themselves enjoyable activities, or follow the Reedbed Ramble from St Aiden’s Nature Reserve for some rare sightings and top views.
Whichever and wherever you decide to go, there are reasons enough to dip your green toes in and walk it.