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