This 2.5 mile walk was devised by Richard Tyler, of the Headingley Development Trust, which produces the HeadingleyLeeds website. The walk begins at Wrangthorn (Hyde Park Corner), follows old tracks which converged on Wood Mill (Tannery Park), and ends at Weetwood Hall. For more historical detail on the walks features, click here. All photos: Richard Tyler.
5. School Lane
At the T-junction of footpaths at the end of the Highbury ginnel, the left path is the bottom of another old track to Wood Mill (pictured), known as School Lane. Go up School Lane, with the mill pond behind a wooden fence on your right, until you come to a footpath crossroads. Go straight across the crossroads, and continue on the old track into the middle part of School Lane, between hedges. Exit onto the top of Highbury Mount, and cross diagonally right to the entrance to the final part of School Lane.
6. Headingley Ginnel
Come out where the track joins Monk Bridge Road. Turn right. When the road bends left, keep straight ahead into Moor Road, and then just after Moor Drive, find the entrance to the Headingley Moor ginnel on the right (pictured). Enter the Headingley Moor ginnel, which climbs between inter-war houses, to Moor Park
Mount. Cross this road to the north part of the ginnel. Descend the steps, to emerge onto Hollin Drive, between no1 and no2. Pass Hollin Crescent on the left, and continue down the Drive, until it is joined by a footpath from the right, and the road bends to the left.
7. Weetwood ginnel
The footpath from the right follows the route of another old track from Wood Mill, this time to Weetwood Hall, and it continues along Hollin Drive. By the entrance to Meanwood Park, the Drive turns into Weetwood Avenue, still following the old track. When the Avenue bears left up the hill, continue straight ahead (along the track), to a gate and stile into a field (pictured). Follow the track across the field to the far end. Pass through a gap in the fence, over a stream and over a stone stile, into the Weetwood ginnel.
8. Weetwood ginnel
At the stile, the ginnel diverges from the original track, to follow a field boundary. After about 50 yards, the ginnel turns left at a right angle, into what was a former lane to Weetwood Mill. After another 100 yards, mount a stile on the right, rejoining the original track, and follow a short passage of some 30 yards, to Weetwood Mill Lane. Cross the Lane diagonally left, into a wooded passage, with the wall of The Hollies on the right. Emerge onto Weetwood Lane. Cross the
Lane (carefully, the bend is dangerous!) to a ginnel opposite (to the right of Bardon Hall Gardens), continuing the old track. Climb the steep paved ginnel, between high walls (pictured). At the end, emerge onto the drive to the Oxley Residences. Originally, the track continued ahead to Weetwood Hall (through what are now the playing fields of Sports Park Weetwood).