There are loads of walks around Temple Newsam Estate to enjoy with families and children. It’s a fantastic place to explore and the cafe, farm and play ground are perfect to make it into a full day out. Here are some suggestions on Temple Newsam walks including circular walks, and maps of walks around Temple Newsam to enjoy with kids!
GETTING TO TEMPLE NEWSAM: Download the First Bus App to find your best way to travel to Temple Newsam by public transport. From Leeds City Centre, take the 19 or 19A. Up to 5 people can get unlimited travel across all of West Yorkshire on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays with our FirstDay Weekend Group ticket for just £6.00. Put your parking money towards treating your little ones and get out and about with First Bus!
A circular walk around Temple Newsam
Following the tracks around the estate, this is a good one to try with a buggy (although it can get very muddy after wet weather). If you’re a welly-lover then this is a great walk all year round. Map of this 3km Temple Newsam Walk here.
The walk takes you past the house and downhill to the estate woodland. Pass below Little Temple before heading on a farm track which brings you back into Temple Newsam behind the Rose Garden and the beautiful ponds. More information on this walk available on the Muddy Boots Mummy Blog.
A walk to Skelton Lake from Temple Newsam
The unlikely destination of a service station has proved extremely popular with walkers! Skelton Lake services is unsurprisingly positioned right next to Skelton Lake, which you can easily approach from Woodlesford, Rothwell Country Park or from Temple Newsam (although be aware there’s a steep ascent on the way back). A walk from Temple Newsam House, around the Lake and back again comes in at around 7km.Route map available here.
Temple Newsam’s Views circular walk
Enjoy some of the best views that the estate has to offer with this absolutely beautiful walk. It’s less than 5km but has so much variety to enjoy! Unsurprisingly with a walk with views, there are a number of hills! This walk is definitely not suitable for buggies with a few stiles, steps and steep woodland sections, and can be muddy in wetter weather. Map of the Temple Newsam Views walk here.
A circular route of woodland and the golf course
A 5km circuit of the golf course can be found by following this route; From the House, head down the path with the gardens on the right towards the motorway. You’ll go downhill, and at the point the path goes under the motorway, turn right onto the concrete path that is adjacent to the motorway. After approximately 500m, you’ll see a signposted footpath forking off to the right into the woodland. Follow this path, eventually it bends to the right and you’ll see the golf course on your right hand side. Keep following the signposts, turning right across the golf course and following the track to the road from Halton to Temple Newsam House. You can cross and walk through the North Plantation back, or just stay on the road.
Exploring the woodland of Temple Newsam
There is a fair chunk of woodland to explore at Temple Newsam. It’s great for toddlers and little legs- just let them choose the path and get lost in the magic charms (you might even spot the deer!).
My suggestion for walking in the woodland at Temple Newsam is by entering the estate off Bullerthorpe Lane and joining one of the paths (there is a marked nature trail). Don’t take a buggy, there are a number of steps around 🙂 Find some true hidden treasures lurking in the trees.
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