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England / West Yorkshire / Leeds

Leeds’s eleven Slow Ways are 59% checked

Drawn: 11/11
reviewed: 11/11
verified: 4/11
and surveyed: 1/11

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Many Slow Ways have several route options. Some will be better than others, or good for different reasons.

Our goal is for each Slow Way to have at least one route that is verified and surveyed. To be verified – and get its snail badge – a route needs at least three positive reviews.

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Walk to Leeds from further afield

Slow Way Route To do
Adel—Leeds
Adelee one

Verify me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 76m Descent 182m
Adel—Leeds
Adelee two Enjoy me Distance 9km/5mi Ascent - Descent -
Horsforth—Leeds
Horlee one Survey me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 104m Descent 181m
Leeds—Barwick in Elmet
Leebar one Review me Distance 14km/9mi Ascent 146m Descent 188m
Leeds—Bardsey
Leedbar one

Double check Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 234m Descent 221m
Leeds—Bardsey
Leedbar two Pioneer me Distance 15km/10mi Ascent - Descent -
Leeds—Bardsey
Leedbar three Pioneer me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent - Descent -
Leeds—Garforth
Leegar one Survey me Distance 13km/8mi Ascent 120m Descent 156m
Leeds—Harewood
Leehar one Review me Distance 19km/12mi Ascent 263m Descent 330m
Leeds—Harewood
Leehar two Review me Distance 19km/12mi Ascent - Descent -
Leeds—Rothwell (Yorkshire)
Leerot one Survey me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 95m Descent 99m
Leeds—Rothwell (Yorkshire)
Leerot two Pioneer me Distance 11km/7mi Ascent 107m Descent 111m
Leeds—Swillington
Leeswi one Verify me Distance 12km/8mi Ascent 74m Descent 99m
Middleton (Leeds)—Leeds
Midlee one Review me Distance 8km/5mi Ascent 47m Descent 152m
Morley—Leeds
Morlee one

Double check Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 84m Descent 192m
Morley—Leeds
Morlee two Review me Distance 9km/6mi Ascent 144m Descent 252m
Pudsey—Leeds
Pudlee one Verify me Distance 10km/6mi Ascent 121m Descent 253m
Pudsey—Leeds
Pudlee two Pioneer me Distance 15km/9mi Ascent 109m Descent 238m

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Collective progress

56% of Leeds’s eleven route options are drawn, reviewed, surveyed and/or verified

18/18

drawn

14/18

reviewed

4/18

surveyed

4/18

verified

17 people have contributed to Leeds’s Slow Ways

5 people have pledged to walk and review a route

4 people have surveyed a route in Leeds

167km out of 223km have been walked and reviewed

302km of reviews have been shared in Leeds

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Great route now including the new footbridge over the Leeds Ring Road. Very muddy in places if wet, as it had been. Some short diversions that are easily negotiated with the route....

Ross

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Most of this route is lovely, along the Meanwood Valley trail and through some lovely countryside but there is a short stretch along the very busy and fast ring road which is horrible and I would not recommend....

LynneStrutt

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Mostly very straightforward route, and mostly flat....

JulietP

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Majority of paths good, wide and weatherproof; lots following bridleways or the 66 cycle network....

Sarah

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Leeds—Garforth

Raspberry Thief pledged to walk Leegar one

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Generally follows National Cycle Route 66 so quite a few handy signposts. Upwards of 80-90% is off-road - it's only really as you get to the final mile before the city centre that you do more roadside pavement walking. The section South of Halton Moor is worth keeping your wits about you, but most the route is otherwise safe and well traversed....

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Leeds—Garforth

Sauntering Beancounter pledged to walk Leegar one

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Even though it's 6 miles it didn't feel like it and has an excellent stopping off point in Meanwood centre for a rest and to refuel....

Chris Elgy

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Chris Elgy took this photo on Adelee one

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Even though it's 6 miles it didn't feel like it and has an excellent stopping off point in Meanwood centre for a rest and to refuel....

Chris Elgy

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This is a level route out of the city centre and skirting Temple Newsam Park to end up in the village of Garforth....

HELEN NOYES

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HELEN NOYES took this photo on Leegar one

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Pudsey—Leeds

Vanessa Pini pledged to walk Pudlee one

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Lovely walk, better to stay on Meanwood Valley trail and then join Eccup, rather than cutting through Alwoodly....

Simon Wilton

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It is reasonably direct; the most direct alternative route is alongside busy main roads and is very unpleasant. There is a main road crossing to access the canal towpath at the Rothwell end but then it is traffic free until the centre of Leeds. Navigation is easy, as the route follows the canal towpath for most of the way....

Julie Kitchin

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This is a great way to walk between Horsforth and Leeds and is far greener than many people might expect....

danravenellison

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I enjoyed walking this route, but would like another route option for walking when it's dark. Most of the route would be fine, but like others... some of the woodland sections would not be appealing at night....

pilea

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I think someone local could design a route through a chain of parklands to the west of this route that could make good use of Cross Flatts Park and entering Middleton Park from the north west....

danravenellison

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Some points of interest: it passes under the M1 with the river and canal, and the space (and noise) is quite memorable; it passes Thwaite Mills, one of the UKs oldest working water mills; passes Clarence Dock and the Royal Armouries. As noted, there are steps to climb at Skelton Bridge...

Zak Avery

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Mary Oz surveyed Pudlee one

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From here, the route immediately improves, passing along a wooded and surfaced path through Gotts Park and the golf club to reach the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath, which makes up about 40% of the journey. It runs alongside the River Aire, and soon passes Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, with access directly from the towpath. Just before the canal goes under the railway, the route leaves it to cross the River Aire which it follows until the river dives down weirs and under Leeds Station....

Mary Oz

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Excellent route approaching Leeds from the north....

Jane Taylor

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Jane Taylor took this photo on Adelee two

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Morley—Leeds

Jane Taylor added Morlee two, a new walk from Morley to Leeds

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I was walking Morlee One but came across a path blockage at White Rose, so I made this route option to bypass the blocked path.. This is a really good approach route to Leeds city centre from the South-West. Eventually the route comes to the edge of a high ridge with a great view, then a steep drop down a grassy bank to a footbridge across the M621....

Jane Taylor

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Jane Taylor took this photo on Morlee two

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Very peaceful along the side of the river and canal with a long, steep set of steps in the middle near Thwaite Mill....

Ross

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Unfortunately there is a new fence which blocks the path by the White Rose Office Park (definitive footpath Morley 33 on Open Street Map). The route needs reworking to find an alternative way through this area....

Jane Taylor

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Jane Taylor took this photo on Morlee one

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Rendering route complete route unsuitable for wheelchairs or non-traditional bicycles....

Alteredbeast

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It's a safe route and would feel fine walking it on my own (but maybe not in the evening through the woods as a solo woman). The route given was accurate and I'd be happy to walk it again....

Nic

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Ross surveyed Adelee two

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Leeds—Harewood

Ross added Leehar two, a new walk from Leeds to Harewood

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Shops, cafe, woodland path, reservoir wildlife and deer parkland. A great way to walk to Harewood. Four starts only because it has steps and stiles....

Ross

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Ross surveyed Adelee one

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Adel—Leeds

Ross added Adelee two, a new walk from Adel to Leeds

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Wonderful wooded sections with facilities in the middle section near Meanwood park. This route is updated to avoid the Dale Way link path blockage in Meanwood Woods....

Ross

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From the high level information used at the initial route selection it was probably difficult to see that the two paths did not match in elevation in the wood area to the North of Roundhay park....

Ross

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Leeds—Bardsey

Ross added Leedbar two, a new walk from Leeds to Bardsey

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Leeds—Bardsey

Ross added Leedbar three, a new walk from Leeds to Bardsey

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A decent route between Leeds City Centre and Pudsey. The western half of the route is mostly on urban residential roads in Pudsey, Farnley and Armley, which is very direct even if not very exciting. Crossing Stanningley bypass at the suggested point isn't the most fun, so it might be worth taking a 500m detour to cross at the lights....

Sean Stayte

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Traffic free route once canal reached....

Alteredbeast

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Pudsey—Leeds

girlwithtrowel added Pudlee two, a new walk from Pudsey to Leeds

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Ross surveyed Leeds

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Wonderful wooded sections with facilities in the middle section near Meanwood....

Ross

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Adel—Leeds

Slow Ways added Adelee one, a new walk from Adel to Leeds

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Horsforth—Leeds

Slow Ways added Horlee one, a new walk from Horsforth to Leeds

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Leeds—Barwick in Elmet

Slow Ways added Leebar one, a new walk from Leeds to Barwick in Elmet

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Leeds—Bardsey

Slow Ways added Leedbar one, a new walk from Leeds to Bardsey

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Leeds—Garforth

Slow Ways added Leegar one, a new walk from Leeds to Garforth

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Leeds—Harewood

Slow Ways added Leehar one, a new walk from Leeds to Harewood

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Leeds—Rothwell (Yorkshire)

Slow Ways added Leerot one, a new walk from Leeds to Rothwell (Yorkshire)

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Leeds—Rothwell (Yorkshire)

Slow Ways added Leerot two, a new walk from Leeds to Rothwell (Yorkshire)

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Leeds—Swillington

Slow Ways added Leeswi one, a new walk from Leeds to Swillington

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Middleton (Leeds)—Leeds

Slow Ways added Midlee one, a new walk from Middleton (Leeds) to Leeds

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Morley—Leeds

Slow Ways added Morlee one, a new walk from Morley to Leeds

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Pudsey—Leeds

Slow Ways added Pudlee one, a new walk from Pudsey to Leeds

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Leeds, Wed 28 February

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Leeds’s Slow Ways starting point

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Lat / Lon

53.79640° / -1.54769°

Easting / Northing

429,892E / 433,437N

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Facilities

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Supermarket or convenience shop

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