But now that festivities are over, getting out and about to walk off some of the turkey is often much needed. If you’re in need of some fresh air keen to stretch your legs, these walking spots in and around Leeds are a great place to start for a bit of New Year exercise. Start as you mean to go on and tick off some of these walks in 2021.
1. Ilkley Moor
If you want a walking trail with a view, you couldn’t do much better than following a 6.3 mile trail around Ilkley Moor. Starting at West View Park, the route across the heather-covered moorland, passing by landmarks including Ilkley Crags and Lower Lanshaw Drop, before finishing at the impressive Cow and Calf rocks.
Photo: Gary Longbottom
2. Horsforth Hall Park
Located just six miles from Leeds city centre, this large community park in Horsforth is ideal for a gentle stroll. There’s plenty of open parkland to cover and kids can be kept entertained by the various attractions, including an adventure playground, bowling green, cricket pitch and a Japanese formal garden.
Photo: Gary Longbottom.
3. The Hollies
Situated on the west bank of Meanwood Valley, The Hollies can be accessed via Weetwood Lane or from Meanwood Park, and offers a magical landscape of woodland paths and formal gardens to explore. It is rumored that J.R.R. Tolkein spent time here and used it as inspiration for Middle Earth.
Photo: Steven Sutcliffe
4. Meanwood Valley Trail
If you want to enjoy a longer walk, take a wander along this seven mile linear walk which stretches from 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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