Eight quiet beauty spots and hidden gems to visit in Leeds

Leeds is full of fantastic places to be outdoors, which is great for people wanting to meet up while staying safe and socially distanced.

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RSPB St Aidan's Nature Reserve.

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.

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).
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.

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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).
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.
Eccup Reservoir offers beautiful views across the water. You can walk around the edge of the reservoir, soaking up the splendid scenery as you do so.
Originally opened in 1987, the Japanese Garden is a celebration of traditional oriental gardens, with various features and materials used to represent the mountains, woodland areas, waterfalls, lakes and open grasslands found in Japan. It was restored in 2009 following a 90,000 makeover.
The 400-hectare country park near Swillington might not be the most obvious of attractions, but it extremely popular with walkers and bird spotters.
A cute and easily missable spot on Kirkgate, Penny Pocket Park is a great spot to sit back and enjoy the view of neighbouring Leeds Minster.
Gotts Park is three miles west of Leeds city centre and is approximately 30 hectares in area. There is an 18 hole parkland golf course run by The Gotts Park Golf CIC club, who are located within the grade II listed Gotts Mansion. The area offers great views over Leeds.