The Most Beautiful Country Walks Around Leeds

Ilkley Moor
Ilkley Moor | © James Whitesmith / Flickr
Emma Lavelle

Located close to the Yorkshire Dales within easy reach of the Peak District, Leeds is one of the UK’s top cities for getting outdoors. It’s easy to access the nearby countryside by both car and public transport, allowing the city’s residents to enjoy picturesque walks through many parks and gardens. Based in Leeds and planning a scenic stroll? These are our top recommendations for enjoying beautiful vistas and dramatic landscapes.

Ilkley Moor

One of the most accessible areas for outdoor walks of all lengths is Ilkley Moor. Although the moorland is spectacular throughout the year, an early autumn visit will treat you to a panoramic view of purple heather, stretching as far as the eye can see. Among the many walks on the moor, the most iconic has to be the Cow and Calf, a large millstone boulder with a smaller version nestled beside it. For the most impressive views, climb up onto the small cliffs along the route.

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1. Golden Acre Park

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Golden Acre Park
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The perfect place for escaping the busy heart of the city, Golden Acre Park is a nature lover’s paradise. Located to the north of the centre, this large park is one of the best places to walk your dog or simply enjoy a solo stroll. A variety of animals reside within the park itself (including deer, birds and rabbits), and the adjacent Breary Marsh Local Nature Reserve offers more opportunities for wildlife sightings. The scenic ornamental gardens feature waterfalls, fountains and wildflower meadows, making this a popular spot on sunny days.

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