The Best Walks in Leeds: Circular Routes & Reservoirs

Whether you’re looking for an inner or outer city wonder, we've got some great recommendations for you. All of our events team live in Leeds, so we have recs directly from the source! Including reservoirs, city walks and circular routes to escape the hustle and bustle.


Leeds Dock

For those who love to be by the waterside Leeds Dock is perfect for a Sunday morning stroll. Grab a coffee and a pastry from one of our favourite spots too or on an evening enjoy a cheeky pint from one of the pubs or bars.

Just off Junction 3 & 4 off M621, Leeds, LS10 1PZ. Get Directions


Leeds and Liverpool Canal 

Start your route by Water Lane Boathouse, one of our fave bev spots, to take a walk by the waterside. If you have a bike, we recommend heading near Kirkstall Abbey to see one of Leeds’ landmarks.

Granary Wharf, LS11 5WA. Get Directions


Roundhay Park

We love Roundhay Park for a short 3 miles from Leeds City Centre, it’s known to be one of the largest city parks in Europe 🤩! Enjoy a walk around the lake with a coffee from the lakeside cafe.

Roundhay, LS8 2HH. Get Directions


Golden Acre Park

Escape out of the Leeds city centre to Golden Acre Park. Grab an ice cream at the main car park to enjoy on your walk of a stunning 179 acres of mature woodland and gardens surrounding a beautiful lake.

Bramhope, LS16 8BQ. Get Directions


Otley Chevin Forest Park

A great circular walk which can be finished enjoying the sunset from 280m above sea level. We love to take a flask in winter and wrap up warm. Paths can be a little steep and challenging, defo not to be done on a hangover.

Chevin Forest Park, LS21 3DD. Get Directions


Temple Newsam

Enjoy this Tudor-Jacobean mansion in East Leeds, with gardens and a farm and get lost out of the city. It’s best enjoyed having a walk around the 1500 acres of greenland and visiting the farm. This location is perfect for walking or cycling and for all ages, if you’ve got family to take out for the day or want to enjoy a saturday afternoon in the great outdoors.

LS15 0AE. Get Directions


Middleton Park

Located in the heart of South Leeds is Middleton Park, a great park for a short or long walk not far from the city centre. We love the little fishing lake and having a watch of the bowling green. Take a book in summer to have a read enjoying the views of nature.

Middleton, LS10 3SH. Get Directions


Gledhow Valley Woods

This stretch of woodland is a hard spot in Leeds not to love! Surround yourself in greenery, wrap up in Autumn and witness the orange hues appear throughout. Located nearby Oakwood, a little town vibe out of the city centre.

North Leeds, LS7 4JU. Get Directions

Primrose Valley Park 

A delightful large park featuring walking paths through woods and meadows. Enjoy a picnic in summer with their picnic tables. Think of a quieter alternative to Roundhay Park, with great views across the city when venturing up to the higher spots.  

Leeds LS15 7JA. Get Directions

Eccup Reservoir 

Get them 10,000 steps ticked off at the circular route of Eccup Reservoir in Alwoodley, Leeds. Enjoy scenes of West Yorkshire's largest open water spanning across 91 hectares. It’s also a great place to spot a Red Kite! 

Alwoodley, Leeds, LS17 7PL. Get Directions