Autumn walks in Leeds: the best city and woodland trails near me- from Meanwood to Guiseley

These are the best walks for Autumn in and around Leeds.

By Abi Whistance
Friday, 24th September 2021, 11:09 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th November 2021, 12:59 pm

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    Here is our list of some of the best places to go for an Autumn walk in and around Leeds.

    Harewood Circuit, Harewood Park

    A large loop trail located near Leeds with a beautiful forest setting to stroll through.

    This trail is accessible all year round and has a difficulty level of easy.

    Length: 7.6km

    Time: 2h 18m

    Eccup Reservoir Circular, Golden Acre Park

    This walk takes you around Eccup Reservoir and is ideal for beginners wanting to try hiking.

    The terrain here is mixed so walkers can challenge themselves whilst on the trail if its easy difficulty level is not tough enough.

    Length: 8.9km

    Time: 2h 36m

    Meanwood Valley Trail Circular

    This circular trail takes you around the beautiful sights of Meanwood Valley, with plenty of lush greenery year-round to enjoy whilst there.

    This trail has a difficulty level of moderate.

    Length: 6.9km

    Time: 2h 24m

    Skelton Lake, Temple Newsam

    Temple Newsam is a Tudor estate with plenty of challenging terrain and beautiful Jacobian buildings to explore when there.

    This trail around Skelton Lake on site is rated moderate in difficulty.

    Length: 8.4km

    Time: 2h 33m

    Ledsham to Fairburn Ings

    This walk, unlike others on this list, takes you through an entire village, allowing you to explore even further when on your Autumn stroll.

    Walking through the beautiful village of Ledsham and back, visit the oldest standing building in West Yorkshire- Ledsham's iconic church.

    This walk is rated easy.

    Length: 8km

    Time: 2h 22m

    Guiseley Gap Circular

    The longest walk on this list, Guiseley Gap is ideal for a Sunday afternoon trip with the rough terrain perfect for building up an appetite.

    This walk is rated moderate in its difficulty level.

    Length: 15.1km

    Time: 4h 44m

    St. Aidan's and Lowther Lake Circular

    St Aidan's is a 400-hectare nature park located between Leeds and Castleford, with this trail taking you through some of the most beautiful parts of it.

    This walk is rated easy in its difficulty level.

    Length: 10.1km

    Time: 2h 52m

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