Leeds, UK

Meanwood Valley Trail

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The Meanwood Valley Trail is a terrific opportunity for a longer off-road run in Leeds. The 7-mile linear park trail starts at Woodhouse Moor near Leeds Center and heads north to Golden Acre Park. The path is mainly through parks though there are a couple of road connections. It’s difficult to map a specific GPX route, but this trail map is a good guide to this well-waymarked path (yellow owl marker) and has excellent descriptive directions as well. There are three sections:

Woodhouse Moor to Meanwood Park: 2 milesPasses through Woodhouse Ridge.

Meanwood Park to Seven Arches: 2 miles. Passes through Scotland Wood, reaching the scenic stone Seven Arches Aqueduct.

Seven Arches to Golden Acre Park: 3 miles. Passes through Adel Woods & Moor, skirts a golf course, and ends at Golden Acre Park, which has lovely gardens, woodland and a circular lakeside walk for more running.

One-Way Option: Run one-way and return to Leeds via the X84 bus, which runs along the A660, connecting Woodhouse Moor and Golden Acre Park.

Add-Ons: Golden Acre Park is 55 hectares and has beautiful gardens, woodland and a lakeside loop that are great for running. Or do a loop around Woodhouse Moor (~ 1 mile). And the paths around the Eccup Reservoir are less than 1 mile from the northern end of the MVT.

Essentials
  • Up to 7 miles one-way.
  • There are numerous sections. South end closest to Leeds is Woodhouse Moor. North end is Golden Acre Park
  • Several car parks and access points. See map. Can run one-way and take X84 bus back