Kirkstall Abbey Walk
This walk explores the ruins of a former Cistercian monastery on the River Aire in Leeds.
There's some nice paths to follow around the grounds of the 12th century abbey with river views and woodland trails to enjoy on the way. There's also a visitor centre with interactive exhibits where you can find out about the lives of the monks who made the abbey their home. You'll also learn about the history of the site which was constructed in 1152 and is now a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument.
You can start your walk from the large free car park situated next to Abbey House Museum on Abbey Walk. Entrance to the ruins is also free.
To continue your walking in the area you can pick up the Leeds Canal Walk which takes you along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal into the city centre. On the way you can visit the nearby Kirstall Valley Nature Reserve and the Rodley Nature Reserve where there are more nice trails and lots of wildlife to see.
PostcodeLS5 3EH - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Kirkstall Abbey Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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The on site Gatehouse Café is a lovely place for some refreshments after your walk. It's set in a splendid building with Cistercian arches and gothic style windows. Outside there's a delightful courtyard where you can relax on warmer days.
The area is dog friendly but they do need to be on leads within the fenced off area around the ruins.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
There's a splendid outdoor market set within the abbey grounds on the last weekend from March to November. It features unique makers and producers from Leeds and the surrounding areas.
If you pick up the canal towpath you could head west and visit Calverley Woods. The woods have a network of footpaths and mountain bike trails and include bluebell woodland, an old walled garden and hidden grottoes.
Just west of the abbey you can visit the attractive Horsforth Hall Park where there is a lovely Japanese Garden to see.
For more walking ideas in the county see the For more walking ideas in the area see the Yorkshire Walks page.