GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Harewood House Walk

3 miles (5 km)

Explore the 100 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens surrounding this 18th century country house in Leeds. A series of well laid out footpaths take you to theTerrace, the Lakeside Garden, the Himalayan Garden and the Walled Garden.The wider estate is also a deer park with 155 Red, 45 Fallow and 45 Roedeer to look out for.
From the Terrace there are wonderful views of the surrounding Yorkshire countryside. It also includes a stunning Parterrewith 20000 plants and bulbs and ornate fountains.
The 32 acre lake is another major feature in the grounds. You can stroll alongside the lake then head into the surrounding woodland on either side of the water. Here you will find peaceful wooded glades and a large collection of colourful rhododendrons. From here you can easily access the stunning Himalayan Garden. Footpaths will take you through a gorge and over a bridge across a beck to a garden with primulas, orchids, cobra lilies and blue poppies. You'll also find the Harewood Stupa, a Buddhist monument built by monks from the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.
Another major attraction in the grounds is the marvellous bird garden. Here you'll see a number of exotic birds includingHumboldt penguins,Snowy Owl, Red Kites, Chilean flamingos,Duyvenbode's lories,macaws, rainbow lorikeetsandsnow geese. Also look out for Kingfishers near the waterfall by the lake.
You can also walk around the fascinating 18th century house and view a number of fine portraits, beautiful furniture, Renaissance masterpieces and a collection of Sevres china.
This walk makes use of the Leeds Country Way long distance walk. If you'd like to continue your walking in the area you could follow this path west to Eccup Reservoir and on to Golden Acre Park which are only a few miles away.
Hetchell Woods Nature Reserve is also very nearby and worth a visit. The site includes the fascinating historic site of Pompocali where there are extensive earthworks on the course of an old Roman Road.

Postcode

LS17 9LG - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Pubs/Cafes

The on site Courtyard Cafe has a good selection of snacks and meals to choose from. Throughout the summer months, the Courtyard incorporates produce grown in Harewood’s historic Walled Garden in the menu. There's also the Terrace Cafe where there are stunning views over the grounds to the countryside surrounding the estate.

Dog Walking

Dogsare not allowed in theHouse, Bird Garden, Farm Experience or the Adventure Playground. However you are free to roam the rest of the 100 acre estate with your dog so there's still plenty to see.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

For a similar walk in the area you could head to the nearby village of Bramham. Here you can visit the noteworthy Bramham Park where there are hundreds of acres of parkland, gardens, woodland and countryside to explore. The landscaped park surrounds the historic 18th century Bramham House which is a Grade I listed building.
The circular walk from East Keswick visits the house from the village to the east. It uses sections of the Leeds Country Way and Ebor Way and additionally visits the River Wharfe.

Photos

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Harewood House. Brilliant blue hyacinth beds at the rear of Harewood House, on a glorious spring day.

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Terrace Garden withparterres

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This stork parent and young were to be seen in the Bird Garden at Harewood House.

The fishpond, Harewood House - geograph.org.uk - 1016890

The fishpond

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Entrance on the A61 at Harewood village

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The Fish Pond at the house. View south-west across the pond. In early summer the woods have a good display of rhododendrons.

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