11 beautiful Christmas walks to enjoy around Leeds this festive season

It may be the season for snug nights in front of a roaring fire, but there is something undeniably festive about wrapping up in your winter woollies and heading out for a refreshing walk

Thursday, 24th December 2020, 9:43 am
Where will you explore this Christmas?

If you’re keen to blow off the cobwebs and soak up some scenery this Christmas, Leeds has plenty of beautiful spots to enjoy a leisurely stroll. From historic estates, to enchanting woodland, here are 11 walking trails to take a wander down this festive season.

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.
The 12 Days of Christmas Woodland Walk is open to explore until 9 January 2021 and follows a magical route along lit paths through the Captains Wood, with a secret fairy hideaway to discover as you go.

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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, weather permitting..
This wonderful beauty spot sits tucked away next to Golden Acre Park and allows visitors to stroll along a landscape of woodland and trees, spotting various birds across the lake as you go, including woodpeckers and kingfishers.
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.
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.
A seven=mile walk from the heart of Leeds to Golden Acre park on the northern fringes. It’s probably one of the top five urban was in Britain, and most of the time it’s hard to believe you are in an urban area. These woods are beyond Meanwood Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.