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Leeds, England

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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.

 

 

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Leeds Canal to Kirkstall Abbey

Leeds, England

Choose a section of the 127-mile Leeds-Liverpool canal path for a classic English canal run. We've mapped an 8-mile out and back from Leeds to Kirkstall Abbey, with nice water views, pastoral sections, and attractive Abbey parkland. Add Armley Park stairs!
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Wykebeck Way Linear Park

Leeds, England

A well-marked linear park trail, running for nearly 6 miles between Temple Newsam and Roundhay Park. Most of the gravel/dirt path passes through parks and across fields. Good additional paths at Temple Newsam, Primrose Valley Park, Roundhay Park.
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Roundhay Park

Leeds, England

700-acre park with miles of wonderful trails and paths for running. Choose your own route or use our 5.3 mile 'grand tour', which includes two lake loops, formal gardens, and wooded 'geology' trails.
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Meanwood Valley Trail

Leeds, England

A terrific opportunity for a longer off-road run in Leeds. The 7-mile linear park trail starts at Woodhouse Moor and heads north to Golden Acre Park. Includes Woodhouse Ridge, Meanwood Park, Seven Arches Aqueduct, & more.
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Fullneck Loop Circular

Leeds, England

An introduction to one of the many 'bridle path' walks that are popular in Yorkshire. A fairly easy trail run on dirt paths and small lanes, combining wood and fields. Highlights include Fulneck Moravian Settlement, Pudsey & Tyersal Beck, Black Carr Woods.
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Middleton Park

Leeds, England

470-acre park in the southern part of Leeds that's a terrific spot for an easy trail run. There are 3-4 miles of rolling hill trails though fields, woods, and around a small lake. There's also a running track at the northeast end of the park.
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Leeds Canal to Kirkstall Abbey

Leeds, England

Choose a section of the 127-mile Leeds-Liverpool canal path for a classic English canal run. We've mapped an 8-mile out and back from Leeds to Kirkstall Abbey, with nice water views, pastoral sections, and attractive Abbey parkland. Add Armley Park stairs!
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Leeds weather is typical of that of the UK: cool, overcast winters and mild summers. In summer, average highs are in the 19-20C (high 60sF) range, with cool nights. It rarely gets overly hot, but it can be humid. Winters temperatures are in the 0-5C range, with occasional snow. Although nearly half the days every year see precipitation, it only amounts to 660mm (25 inches) — less than New York. Runners should also note the significant difference in day length due Leeds’ latitude.

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Leeds has a good variety of accommodations. From a running perspective, if you stay in the center city inside of the A58/A61 highways, you’ll have access to several of our major running routes.

RUNNING STORES

Leeds has a large selection of running and outdoor recreation stores. The popular UK chain of running stores, Runners Need and Up and Running, have outlets in the area. We also love Yorkshire Runner is a bit outside the city and is a good gateway to some of Yorkshire’s extensive parks and trails.

GROUP RUNS

Yorkshire has a vibrant running culture, with many active running groups, parkruns, and local running events. RunLeeds  is an excellent resource for running groups, events, and routes.

 

Time Outdoors is an excellent resource for running events in Leeds and the surrounding Yorkshire area.