The 8 Best Walks To Enjoy In Leeds

Whether you’re craving an escape to clear your mind, keen to explore green spaces that offer the perfect backdrop for a picnic with friends or simply eager to discover the natural beauty in Leeds, we’ve curated a list of the 8 best walks. 

With summer quickly approaching, there’s no better time to take advantage of all of the green spaces that this West Yorkshire city has to offer. 

From stunning parks to picturesque landscapes to historic trails steeped in local heritage, each walk promises a unique experience. 

Lace up your shoes, pack your picnic, and put on your best walking playlist, cos’ these best walks in Leeds are sure to help you unwind and rejuvenate! 

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1. Roundhay Park 

Coming in first within our list of the best walks in Leeds is none other than Roundhay Park. 

Dating back to 1872, Roundhay Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world and is right here on your doorstep, with over 700 acres of parkland, lakes and woodland to explore. 

Here you’ll discover a side of Leeds that is often overshadowed by its vibrant student culture.

With beautiful lakes and streams, formal gardens, walking trails, a cafe, as well as an indoor wildlife park. 

The park also plays host to a fair share of live music concerts, food events and festivals throughout the year, so make sure to see what’s taking place! 



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Address: Mansion Ln, Roundhay, Leeds LS8 2HH

2. Woodhouse Moor 

Whilst studying in Leeds, Woodhouse Moor also known as Hyde Park, is somewhere you’ll frequent a lot. 

Located one mile from the city centre and right by the university district, Woodhouse Moor is a popular green space covering around 26 hectares. 

‘Hyde Park’ as it’s most notably known as, was the city’s first urban park and is today home to plenty of open space, sports fields, tennis courts and a skate park.  

There’s tons of space to enjoy a nice stroll around, and it’s always heaving with students, especially on a warm summer’s day. 

Due to the park’s convenient location, you can head to the array of coffeeshops, pubs and restaurants on Woodhouse Lane once you’re finished mooching about, or head into the city centre! 


Address: Woodhouse Ln, Woodhouse, Leeds LS6 1SJ

3. Temple Newsam 

Whether you’re seeking a peaceful escape from the campus buzz, a refreshing study break, or keen to discover the hidden gems of this lively city, Temple Newsam is a must-visit. 

Temple Newsham is one of the most stunning historic houses in the UK, and is set in 1500 acres of parkland, woodland and farmland. 

You can stroll around the Tudor Jacobean mansion house filled with art and antiques, then head to the working rare breed farm and magnificent parkland.

There’s also the Temple Newsam Tea Rooms so you can grab a little treat and a cuppa if you fancy it. 

Whilst you do need to purchase a ticket to the house and farm at Temple Newsam, it’s worth splashing the cash for! 



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Address: Temple Newsam Rd, Leeds LS15 0AE

4. Kirkstall Abbey 

Located North West of Leeds City Centre, Kirkstall Abbey is one of England’s best preserved Cistercian monasteries.

Nestled alongside the River Aire, the iconic ruins and award-winning park are steeped in over 800 years of history and are a great place to spend an afternoon. 

There’s plenty of chance to get some striking Instagram shots at this mediaeval monastery.

And, it’s free to visit for Leeds residents – just remember to bring proof of address and you’ll get an annual pass! 

If you visit on the last weekend of the month between March to November, you can enjoy the market stalls that take place too. 



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Address: Abbey Rd, Kirkstall, Leeds LS5 3EH

5. Meanwood Park 

If you like the outdoors, we urge you to take a visit to Meanwood Park. 

This peaceful oasis in the heart of Leeds spans 29 hectares and is home to plenty of wildlife, walking trails, tennis courts, basketball courts, and picnic benches. 

Tucked away in North Leeds, this little gem is a great place to spend a few hours.

Whether you’re after somewhere to relax with a picnic, or just pop in your headphones and walk around. 

There’s even a cafe on-site if you want to grab a well-earned coffee, or a sweet treat! 



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Address: 8 Tannery Square, Meanwood, Leeds LS6 4LT

6. Beckett Park 

Located next to Leeds Beckett University, Headingley Campus, Beckett Park is the perfect spot for a peaceful walk.

This much-loved public park offers plenty of pleasant walking trails and green spaces if you want to sit and read.

Or, even have a study break surrounded by nature. 

With tennis courts, outdoor fitness equipment as well as summer events, it’s a popular outdoor space for students and locals alike. 

It’s also situated just a short walk away from Otley Road, which is lined with shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars!



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Address: 28 Batcliffe Mount, Kirkstall, Leeds LS6 3PW

7. Potternewton Park 

Leeds has plenty of walks to keep you busy during your student years, and another notable place is Potternewton Park. 

Situated in the heart of Chapeltown, Potternewton Park is over 32 acres and is located 2 miles from the city centre. 

It’s home to Europe’s longest running West Indian Carnival, which takes place on the August bank holiday weekend and attracts thousands of visitors each year. 

You can expect a vibrant celebration of Caribbean culture, food, music, and entertainment for everyone.

Roundhay Park is easily accessible by bus or car, so what’re you waiting for? Take a visit for yourself. 



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Address: Harehills Ln, Leeds LS7 4HA

8. Leeds and Liverpool Canal 

Looking for the best walks in Leeds? Follow the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, which stretches for 127 miles making it the longest canal in Northern England. 

The Leeds-Liverpool canal is lined with picturesque paths and scenic views.

So, no matter if you’re walking or cycling, it’s a great place to escape the hustle and the bustle.

Take a walk and listen to your favourite playlist or podcast, there’s even canal-side pubs along the way! 


As you can see, there are plenty of walks within easy reach of your student accommodation to keep you busy. 

It’s a great chance to get out in nature, and it will do wonders for your health and wellbeing. 

So, go and explore this beautiful city!

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