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Golden Acre Park

3 miles (5 km)

This delightful country park in Leeds has beautiful gardens, a lakeside walk, streams, pondsand peaceful woodland. It is also right next to two nature reserves - Breary Marsh and Adel Dam. There are very good facilities with a cafe (with indoor and outdoor seating), a bird feeding shelter and picnic benches.
The park is on the Leeds Country Way so you could continue your walk east towards the lovely Eccup Reservoir which is about a mile away from the park.
The Meanwood Valley Trail also starts from the park. The 7 mile trail runs to Woodhouse Moor in Leeds city centre, passing Adel Woods and Meanwood Park on the way.
Golden Acre Park is located just a few miles north of Leeds city centre.

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Golden Acre Park Pubs/Cafes

The on site cafe has a nice outdoor seating area where you can relax and enjoy refreshment on your walk.
A short distance north east of the park you'll find the New Inn. The friendly pub does really good food and has a cosy fire indoors. Outdoors there's a large garen area to relax in on warmer days. To reach the pub just head past Thorn Bush Farm at the north western corner of the nearby Eccup Reservoir. The pub is located on Eccup Lane with a postcode of LS16 8AU for your sat navs.

Golden Acre Park Dog Walking

The park is great for a dog walk and you will probably see plenty of other owners on your outing. The New Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

If you're coming by public transport one nice way of visiting the reservoir is to catch the train to Hosforth station. Near here you can pick up the Leeds Country Way and follow it east to the park. It's a couple of miles but it's a great way to visit the park without the car.

Photos

The stream, Golden Acre Park - geograph.org.uk - 259284

The stream, Golden Acre Park

The Bridge Golden Acre Park - geograph.org.uk - 20718

The bridge over Marsh Beck

The lake and bird feeding hut, Golden Acre Park - geograph.org.uk - 259273

The lake and bird feeding hut. This metal hut is probably the 3rd one here in the past 15 years. The oldest one was made of wood, and got dilapidated over the years and was replace with a new one in 2004 or 2005 which can be seen in this picture20716. Sadly it was burnt down in 2005, and has been replaced by a more durable but less elegant metal one.

Rowan trees, laden with berries, Golden Acre Park - geograph.org.uk - 259286

Rowan trees, laden with berries. 2006 was a very good year for trees bearing fruit and nuts, and the branches of these rowans (mountain ash) are bowed down under the weight of berries.

Bridge over the sluice, Golden Acre Park Lake - geograph.org.uk - 259538

Bridge over the sluice

Lakeside Station, Golden Acre Park - geograph.org.uk - 1468155

Bridge over Lakeside Station A re-created disused miniature railway. On Good Friday 26th April 1932 a miniature railway was opened circling the whole of the lake and travelling a distance of just over a mile. Two engines worked the line pulling open top carriagesand in 1935 a dining carriage was added. Sadly the end of the line came towards the end of 1938. This was the site of one of the three Lakeside Stations that worked the line during the 1930s. In 2003 the discovery of five concrete blocks inspired the re-creation of this small section of the railway in its disused state. (Extracted from the text on the information board) - The vertical boards presumably represent the waiting area on the platform.

Golden Acre Park (July 2010) geograph

Beautiful gardens

Golden Acre Park Lake, with cormorant - geograph.org.uk - 259544

Cormorant on the lake

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