Days Out South Leeds

Cycling & Walking



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Oakwell Hall Country Park is a fabulous place to explore with children, and offers a number of trails, a playground and a cafe. 

If you download the Love Exploring App, you can also add a fairy hunt to it’s charms! There’s a couple of dinosaurs to also find. Its an augmented reality app; fairies dance and play in front of the camera. We told our fairy loving daughter that the fairy magic means people cant see them but they don’t know how to block the camera!!

Free. No Booking Required. Toddler Friendly.

Oakwell Hall Country Park, Nutter Lane, Birstall, WF17 9LG

Since Skelton Lake services has opened, the path between Skelton Lake and Woodlesford Lock has become increasingly popular for walkers and cyclists! Here are the key details if you want to try this yourself!

Ardsley Reservoir

The route around the perimeter of Yorkshire Water’s Ardsley reservoir is approximately 1.5 miles, fairly flat and offers good views across the waterside and surrounding landscape. Suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and kids scooters. Bikes are not permitted. There is a free car park on Haigh Moor Road in Tingley.

Brimham Rocks

Dramatic moorland rock formations in North Yorkshire. This amazing collection of natural rock formations makes a great day out for families, climbers, geocachers, photographers and fresh air seekers. Let your imagination run wild and have a great day out at nature’s playground.

Free admission. Pay & display parking (free for National Trust members).

Brimham Rocks, Harrogate, HG3 4DW. 01423 780688

Curious about Leeds

Have fun (re-)discovering Leeds, spotting things you’ve never noticed before, with two quirky treasure hunt style heritage walks – a safe, fun and affordable way to get some fresh air. Visit our website to buy in printed booklet or instant download format, using code Mumbler20 for 20% off all purchases.

East Ardsley Fairy Doors

Hidden in this lovely small woodland in East Ardsley, the local community have added a number of fairy doors for children to explore!

The woodland is between these two postcodes: WF3 2BX and WF3 2DX, please be considerate of local residents if driving.

A facebook group has also been set up for this walk here.

Middleton Park

NB Due to COVID19 the cafe is currently open for takeaway only (including hot food & drinks including toasties, cappuccinos etc) but the toilets remain closed. The events programme also is currently on hold. Check the Friends of Middleton Park website for up to date information. Trains are running a revised schedule, pre-bookings only through the Middleton Railway website.
Middleton Park stretches across 630 acres, including 200 acres of woodland and a designated nature reserve. Middleton Woods Nature Reserve is the largest ancient woodland in Leeds, home to numerous mammals, birds and amphibians and a plethora of wildflowers including bluebells.


Town St, Middleton, Leeds LS10 3SH

Northwood Trail – England’s Fairy Sanctuary

Northwood Trail is nestled in a 100 acre wood at Buttercrambe close to York and this delightful woodland fairy sanctuary is the first of its kind in the world.

Pre-booking required.

Buttercrambe Wood YO41 1AP

Oulton Hall Walk, Rothwell

There is a 5km permissive path around the perimeter of Oulton Hall. It is well signposted, and generally the track is very clear within the treeline around the outskirts of the course. Be aware in winter this path can get extremely muddy, so take your wellies! Not suitable for buggies.

A few options to park;

  • Springhead park- cross the road just behind the skatepark to join the path;
  • Rothwell Leisure Centre- there is an open green gate opposite the carpark entrance that leads to the path
  • A small layby in front of the Church.

Read more about this walk on the Muddy Boots Mummy site.

RSPB Fairburn Ings

With pond dipping, regular fun events and walks to help you get away from it all, RSPB Fairburn Ings is the ideal place for adults and children to find out more about wildlife. Visitor centre open daily except Christmas day. Small parking charge. Accessible paths. Shop, snacks & toilet facilities.

Trail guide here, but our favourite circular walk is this 6km one.

Fairburn Ings, Castleford, WF10 2BH. 01977 628191

St. Aidans RSPB Reserve

St Aidans RSPB reserve is managed by the RSPB for visitors and wildlife, on behalf of Leeds City Council.

Visit our new visitor centre with cafe, shop & toilet facilities. There are 12km of trails, plus the transpennine trail which passes the nature park on the southern side. The main trails take you amongst a variety of habitats including reedbed, wetland, meadows and woodland.

See website for directions and facilities – accessible from Woodlesford, Methley and Allerton Bywater. Suitable for bikes and pushchairs.


The Sustrans site contains information about the national cycle network, wildlife conservation and art along the routes. You can search for walking and cycling routes for families which are traffic free and have lots to see and do along the way taking in some of the best countryside in the UK.

Water Haigh Woodland Park

In Woodlesford this absolutely FANTASTIC woodland park offers a number of great walking trails. Wander through the pretty Eshald Wood with your toddlers or enjoy a walk along the canal, stopping off at Lemonroyd Marina or Woodlesford Lock.

For more information, head to this site.

Woodlesford Lock Gruffalo Trail

Woodlesford Lock on the Aire & Calder Navigation, is one of the best places to escape the city and enjoy country walks. Pack your binoculars and track down exotic wooden wildlife such as elephant, antelope, giraffe, gorilla, deer and the very rare Gruffalo! dotted alongside the canal. Use the bird screens to watch a huge variety of bird life. Look out for sand martins on the riverbank, the blue flash of a kingfisher or spot a forked-tailed red kite circling in the sky.

Woodlesford Lock, Woodlesford, West Yorkshire LS26 8PU.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is the UK’s leading open-air art gallery, with 500 acres of beautiful historic parkland and six indoor galleries

Now open – advance booking essential.

West Bretton, Wakefield WF4 4LG (SatNav WF4 4JX). Tel +44 (0)1924 832631