GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Hetchell Woods

3 miles (5.6 km)

This lovely circular walk visits the Hetchell Woods Nature Reserve near Leeds in West Yorkshire. It's a delightful spot with peaceful woodland trails, pretty streams and lots of wildlife to look out for. The site also includes the imposing rocky outcrop of Hetchell Crags and the fascinating Romanearthworks at Pompocali.
You can start the walk from the little village of Bardsey just to the north west of the woods. Then follow the Bardsey Beck a short distance to the woods. On the eastern side of the woods you will find Pompocali where there are extensive earthworks on the course of an old Roman Road. It's an interesting spot, surrounded by some lovely countryside.
The site is great for flora and fauna with lots of wildflowers to see in the attractive open grassland areas. There's also Hebrideansheep and a variety of woodland birds to look out for all year round.
The Leeds Country Way long distance trail passes through the woods so there is great scope for extending your walking in this lovely area. If you pick up the trail and head west you can visit the splendid Harewood House with its lakes, woodland and attractive parkland.
Also to the west is Eccup Reservoir which has a nice walking trail to follow around the water.
To the south of here there's also Adel Woods where there's some nice trails along the Adel Beck.


LS23 6NA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Hetchell Woods OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Hetchell Woods Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Lychgate and Cottages, Bardsey (3720199481)

Lychgate and Cottages, Bardsey

Pompocali - - 309

Pompocali Earthworks

Dappled light, Hetchell Wood in summer (geograph 5049824)

Dappled light, Hetchell Wood in summer

Ford, Bardsey Beck by Hetchell Wood - - 155736

Bardsey Beck

GPS Files

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Memory Map Route

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