Christmas may be long gone and the last of the turkey is finished, but if your head is feeling a little sore from the New Year’s festivities, few things help blow away the cobwebs better than a refreshing winter’s walk.
If you’re keen to spend some time outdoors, these walking routes around Leeds are a great place to start.
1. Chevin Forest Park
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. Photo: Jonathan Gawthorpe
2. Meanwood Valley Trail
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. Photo: JPIMedia
3. Roundhay Park
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. Photo: Simon Hulme
4. Yeadon Tarn
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. Photo: Claire Newman
5. Temple Newsam
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. Photo: James Hardisty
6. Golden Acre Park
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. Photo: Tony Johnson