10 of the best winter walks in and around Leeds

There may be a chill in the air, but sometimes a brisk walk can help to blow away the cobwebs and leave you feeling refreshed.

Wednesday, 23rd January 2019, 4:50 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd January 2019, 4:58 pm
If you're keen to spend some time outdoors, these walking routes around Leeds are a great place to start

If you're keen to spend some time outdoors, these walking routes around Leeds are a great place to start.

Overlooking the market town of Otley, this large park has an impressive network of paths to explore, with magnificent panoramic views of the Wharfe Valley - perfect for both a stroll and a scenic picnic.
This seven mile linear walk runs from Meanwood Valley through to Breary Marsh, next to Golden Acre Park, meandering through pretty woodland along a relatively flat route, fit for all abilities.

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Covering 700 acres of parkland, lakes and woodland, walkers have plenty of scenic spots to wander around at this popular outdoor spot, incorporating both tarmac paths and woodland routes.
Stretching across 17 hectares this park is a great location for a lazy stroll, as well as for more adventurous outdoor pursuits, with a playground, BMX track, bowls and water sport activities on offer.
Boasting 1,500 acres of land to explore - compiled of open grassland, woodlands, a walled garden and lakeside paths - Temple Newsam provides an idyllic spot for a leisurely stroll.
Sitting on the route of both the Leeds Country Way and the Meanwood Valley Trail, Golden Acre Park attracts plenty of walkers, and is known for its picturesque gardens and circular lakeside walk.
Nestled between Pudsey and Farnley, this nature trail offers spectacular views across west Leeds from its woodland paths where the overhanging trees open up, making the climb to the top well worth the effort.
This long-distance route passes by rivers, canals and through historic towns and cities in the North of England. The Garforth to Woodlesford section is a particularly scenic part of the trail, offering countryside views.
Beginning on Alwoodley Lane, walkers can head down towards the reservoir and follow a five mile circular route around the open water, passing by woodland and sprawling fields along the way.
There are more than 100 acres of gardens to explore in the grounds of this attractive stately home, including the Bird Gardens, where you can see exotic species including penguins, owls, flamingos and parrots.