Leeds, UK

Temple Newsam, Skelton Country Park, Rothwell Country Park

Creative Commons: Tim Green

Exploring the paths around Temple Newsam and the adjacent Skelton and Rothwell country parks is one of our favorite runs in the Leeds area. Temple Newsam is a grand historic residence with extensive grounds, gardens, and a running track. Also parkrun sites.

Wikimedia: Humphrey Bolton

Start near the car park. Our route follows the wide, tree-lined allée path for 1 mile toward Skelton Country Park. Cross the M1 into Skelton Country Park, whose main path is a 1.5 mile loop around Skelton Lake. Take the Skelton Bridge across the river to continue south into Rothwell Country Park, which has 1 mile loop along wide, gravel paths through fields and meadows. Combining these three parks is a 7.5 mile route.

Rothwell Country Park. Google Street View

Add-Ons: Additional paths in each of the parks, especially Temple Newsam. There are also additional paths along the Aire River in either direction.

Essentials
  • Up to 7.5 miles (12 km) combining the three parks; Many additional options
  • 399 feet (121m)
  • Car park at Temple Newsam, or other parks
  • Car park at Temple Newsam