Route: Leeds Country Way (United Kingdom)

Submitted by Alice Kershaw on Sun, 07/26/2020 - 08:19am
United Kingdom
99 km
Vertical Gain
1,615 m

The Leeds Country Way is a 62 mile circular footpath round the city of Leeds in West Yorkshire, England. It is said that it is never more than 7 miles from Leeds City Square. However it is really rural in places and follows lots of footpaths and bridleways, with a few road sections, heading though villages and small towns, and with many viewpoints across rolling hills. Traditionally it begins clockwise from Golden Acre Park and visits some significant and interesting places which include the grounds of Harewood House, Bardsey, Thorner, Barwick-in-Elmet (home of a 26 metre high maypole and and Iron Age Fort), Garforth, Swillington Park, the River Calder navigation, north Wakefield, West Ardsley, Gildersome, Cockers Dale, Pudsey, Airedale, Greengates and Horsforth.

History: A route was first devised by Fred Andrews of the Ramblers Association, and then developed by West Yorkshire County Council in the early 1980s. This council was abolished in 1986, and the path is now under the care of the Countryside section of Leeds City Council. The Leeds Country Way was realigned in 2006, using a route devised by Bob Brewster, to bring it entirely within the boundary of the Leeds metropolitan district (previously it crossed the boundary into Wakefield), and the path was officially relaunched on 26 September 2006 with a revised set of map leaflets and improved waymarking.

This page is dedicated to those hardy souls who have managed to complete the whole of the Leeds Country Way in a single day (times may not have been submitted to