Leeds, UK

Golden Acre Park and Eccup Reservoir

Creative Commons: Allan Friswell

The Eccup Reservoir is a lovely spot for an easy and open run, and can be combined with Golden Acre Park and Golden Acre Park and the Meanwood Valley Trail for an even longer route. The Reservoir, built in 1843, is in Alwoodley, a northern suburb of Leeds. A loop around is nearly 4 miles, and the terrain is a combination of woods, water views, and farm fields. The southern end is on a wide, gravel path with views of the water and the Sand Moor Golf Club. The northern section of the loop is on Public Bridleway, passing farm fields (no water views).

Golden Acre Park. CC: Mick Melvin

Longer Run: Connect to Golden Acre Park, less than 1 mile away, using Eccup Moor Rd. or King Ln. The park has some lovely paths passing by landscaped gardens and a wildflower meadow. Golden Acre Park is also at the northern end of the Meanwood Valley Trail, a linear park that goes for 7 miles.

Essentials
  • Reservoir Loop is 4 miles (6.4 km). Good options nearby for a longer run
  • 41m (135 feet) for Reservoir Loop
  • Anywhere on path, or where you park your car
  • No parking lot but parking is permitted on Alwoodley Lane