GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Leeds Country Way

62 miles (99 km)

A super circular walk through the countryside surrounding this major Yorkshire city. The walk has been split into 4 manageable sections:
Golden Acre Park to Barwick-in-Elmet
Barwick-in-Elmet to Carlton
Carlton to Cockersdale
Cockersdale to Golden Acre Park.
Highlights on the route include

  • Golden Acre Park - the start point for the route includes a lake and the Breary Marsh nature reserve.
  • Riverside sections along the River Aire and the River Calder near Wakefield
  • Harewood House - 18th century house with wonderful art collections, a Bird Garden and over 100 acres of beautiful gardens to enjoy. See the video below for more details
  • RSPB St Aidan's-the route passes this major nature reserve near the town of Garforth. There's lots of wildlife to see here including kestrels and short eared owls.
  • Horsforth - The route passes this interesting town where there are nice walks in the expansive Horsforth Hall Park.

See the link below for excellent pdf guides to the route.

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Leeds Country Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Leeds Country Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

Near Eccup Reservoir 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 water. The pub is located on Eccup Lane with a postcode of LS16 8AU for your sat navs.
In West Ardsley, near Wakefield, you can visit the Hare and Hounds. There's a lovely large beer garden here which is the perfect spot for relaxing on a summer afternoon. You can find the pub in West Ardsley at 7 Batley Road with a postcode of WF2 0AA for your sat navs. The pub is located very close to Ardsley Reservoir which is worth a small detour from the route if you have time. There's a nice, easy circular footpath running round the water with good views of Haigh Moor and Emley Moor.
In Garforth a visit to the Gaping Goose is recommended. It's a friendly place with a good selection of real ales and an outdoor seating area. You can find them at 41 Selby Rd with a postcode of LS25 1LR for your sat navs. They are also dog friendly.
In Ossett there's the Brewers Pride located right next to Osset brewery. There's a great selection of ales and fine home cooked food here. You can find them on Low Mill Road at postcode WF5 8ND.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To the east of Leeds around Thorner the route passes close to the noteworthy Bramham Park. There are hundreds of acres of parkland, gardens, woodland and countryside to explore on the expansive estate. The landscaped park surrounds the historic 18th century Bramham House which is a Grade I listed building.

Photos

Saw Wood, Leeds Country Way - geograph.org.uk - 140439

Saw Wood, Leeds Country Way. This is the entrance to Saw Wood from the north, on the Leeds Country Way, a 60 mile footpath which encircles Leeds.

Leeds Country Way Marker - geograph.org.uk - 39771

A handsome carved stone marker on the Leeds Country Way close to Cheesecake Farm

Stile on the Leeds Country Way - geograph.org.uk - 958612

Stile on the trail. Here it follows Pudsey Beck, which is out of the picture to the right.

Austhorpe - Leeds Country Way

Looking east across fields towards Garforth from an old track which now forms part of the trail

Leeds Country Way at Bankhouse Bottom - geograph.org.uk - 1145954

Bankhouse Bottom. Following the long distance footpath north westwards toward Black Carr Woods.

Leeds Country Way, Hunger Hills, Horsforth - geograph.org.uk - 288471

Hunger Hills, Horsforth. The sign marks the Leeds Country Way as it skirts the western edge of Horsforth

Leeds Country Way near East Keswick - geograph.org.uk - 1403597

Near East Keswick The long distance footpath about a mile west of Bardsey. It is closer to East Keswick at this point, but does not actually visit this village.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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