But we all know the usual spots can get a bit crowded, especially when the weather is warmer. So if you fancy getting out in to nature with plenty of space around you, check out these top spots and hidden gems, which are dotted all over the Leeds area.
1. Tong and Fulneck Circular
This five mile circular route - the Tong and Fulneck Circular - straddles the boundary of Leeds and Bradford, travelling from Tong Hall along the bridleways of Pudsey Beck and Tyersal Beck, before looping back through Black Carr Woods (photo: Roger Ratcliffe).
Photo: Roger Ratcliffe
2. Rodley Nature Reserve
Rodley Nature Reserve is a wetland reserve created in 1999. This scenic reserve is a relaxing destination, where you can take in the beautiful surrounding nature as you walk.
3. Kirkstall Valley Nature Reserve
Just outside the urban heart of Leeds, Kirkstall Valley Nature Reserve combines the industrial past with today's vibrant wildlife communities. A keen eye might spot otters or kingfishers by the weirs on the River Aire (photo: Mark's History).
Photo: Mark's History
4. York Gate
Adel's York Gate garden packs quite a punch for its one acre proportions. It never fails to intrigue its visitors with its fourteen garden rooms, linked by a series of clever vistas. The garden opens on April 14 and you'll need to book.