Leeds is the cultural, financial and commercial heart of West Yorkshire and is the UK’s fourth-most populous urban area. The center features elaborate Victorian buildings, covered galleries, and elegant squares. Running in Leeds is a pleasure, owing to its canal-side and river-side trails, and the fact that over 60% of the district is green belt.
There’s an excellent variety of running options in Leeds. To get oriented, take our Leeds ‘Runseeing’ tour, which includes Woodhouse Moor. For waterside running, choose a section of the 127-mile Leeds & Liverpool Canal Trail or paths along the River Aire. Additional longer off-road running There are also wonderful off-road paths for running in Leeds, including the Meanwood Valley and Wykepack linear park trails. Among the best parks for running are Roundhay Park, Golden Acre Park, and Middleton Park, plus numerous smaller parks. For gentle trail running, we love the the route combining Temple Newsam, Skelton Country Park & Rothwell Country Park, as well as Eccup Reservoir and Horsworth Hall. The Fullneck Loop Circular is great introduction to Yorkshire’s extensive series of trails and bridle paths. For additional running ideas, RunLeeds is an excellent resource, and this site is a good resource for trail running.
Although there is a bus system, Leeds is the largest city in Western Europe without a light rail or metro. Leeds weather is typical of that of the UK: cool, overcast winters and mild summers.