We have hand picked ten of our favourite walks in Leeds, taking in popular parks as well as the great cultural offer that Leeds boasts. From art galleries to breweries, we’ve got you covered if you’re looking to spend a day getting to know this characterful city by foot!
No round up of walks in and around Leeds would be complete without Roundhay Park, which can boast that it is one of the very biggest city parks in the whole of Europe. We recommend a visit in spring or summer in order to see the specialist gardens here at their best. The Monet Garden, based on gardens planted by the impressionist at Giverny in France, will be sure to transport you from Northwest England to Northwest France. And, for those planning a summer trip to Leeds, why not check out the West Indian Carnival and Reggae Concert which takes place every August Bank Holiday weekend at Potternewton Park?
Heading further north out of the city, a great walk is to be had around the parkland surrounding the Kirkstall Abbey. The gothic ruins have inspired artists such as JMW Turner over the centuries, and are surrounded by a wide stretch of beautiful parkland on the bank of the River Aire – a perfect spot for a picnic.
We also recommend staying close to the city centre but heading south. Here you will find The Tetley, one of Leeds’ leading arts and cultural venues with a rolling calendar of events and exhibitions. And from here, continue your walk south to wind up at the Northern Monk Refectory offering a unique, brick and wood industrial setting, and a mighty range of in-house beers. What better place for the modern booze-lover to end a busy day of sight-seeing?
Leeds is a remarkably walkable city, made better by the parks, galleries, bars and restaurants you can enjoy along the way!