GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Allerton Bywater Walks

3 miles (4.2 km)

This village near Leeds has a series of pleasant waterside footpaths to try. It's a nice place for an easy walk with plenty of wildfowl to see and a fine riverside pub for post walk refreshment.
This walk from the village visits the Allerton Ings and St Aidan's nature reserve. In the village you'll find a number of small lakes or 'Ings' with pleasant waterside footpaths. The River Aire also runs through the area so there's plenty of water loving wildlife to look out for on the way. Keep your eyes peeled for species such as bittern, marsh harrier and skylark on the walk.


WF10 2BX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Walks near Allerton Bywater

  • Fairburn Ings - This lovely nature reserve in the Aire Valley has some nice footpaths to follow around the substantial site
  • Wakefield Canal - Follow the Wakefield Branch of the Aire and Calder Navigation Canal from Wakefield to Castleford on this waterside walk in West Yorkshire
  • Brockadale Nature Reserve - This lovely nature reserve near Pontefract has miles of woodland walking trails and a riverside path along the River Went
  • Campsall Country Park - Enjoy a short walk around the pretty grounds of Campsall Hall
  • Pugneys Country Park - This 250 acre park contains two lakes with pleasant waterside footpaths
  • Barnsley Canal - Enjoy a waterside walk or cycle along the Barnsley Canal on this easy route near Royston
  • Pontefract - This circular walk visits Pontefract Park in this Yorkshire market town.
  • Newmillerdam Country Park - Enjoy cycling and walking paths in this country park in Wakefield
  • Anglers Country Park - Enjoy a peaceful walk or cycle around this pretty country park in Wakefield
  • Pugneys Country Park - This 250 acre park contains two lakes with pleasant waterside footpaths
  • Trans Pennine Trail - This terrific walking and cycling trail runs from coast to coast across northern England entirely on surfaced paths
  • Garforth - This Leeds based town is located to the east of the city
  • River Aire - Follow the River Aire from Leeds to Malham Tarn on this splendid long distance walk through the Yorkshire Dales.
    The walk starts in Leeds city centre, near to the train station and follows the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the River through the city


The Boat is a traditional pub located next to the River Aire. There's a good menu and nice garden to sit out in on warmer days. You can find them at postcode WF10 2BX. The pub is dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head south east and you could visit Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve near Castleford. There's more lakes and riverside paths to enjoy here.


Three ways to go - - 900797

Three ways to go. Footpath sign on the bank of the River Aire, Allerton Bywater.

Allerton Bywater - - 121483

These lakes, ponds, ings, have formed over the former pit under the village, depressed since the closure of the mines, but now undergoing resurgence with the advent of Millennium Village ("the place that's going to be the place to be") - built by English Partnerships and comprising new affordable housing, commercial and industrial premises.

Lake near the River Aire - - 2628180

Lake near the River Aire

Allerton Ings - - 900777

Allerton Ings. One of many lakes in this area created by mining subsidence. A line of Canada Geese heads out on to the water.

St Aidan's Nature Reserve1

St Aidan's Nature Reserve

Allerton Bywater Church - - 2628171

Allerton Bywater Church

Two Boats - - 1155930

Two Boats The Boat Inn, Allerton Bywater, reflected in the water of the River Calder, with a newly-built narrowboat tied up further along the bank.

Allerton Bywater War Memorial - Main Street - - 741087

War Memorial on the Main Street in the village.


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