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Yellow owl and letters LCW on olive green plaqueLeeds Country Way

100 km / 62 miles

W Yorkshire
The Way encircles the city of Leeds passing through some attractive countryside and villages especially on its north and eastern sides. The leaflets provide many options to walk the route, with four main 15-mile segments each broken into 5-mile parts. Links to numerous other long distance paths offer other possibilities from the city and elsewhere. There are public transport connections using the many services around Leeds. From its start at Golden Acre Park the clockwise route visits the Harewood estate and Barwick-in-Elmet, goes via Garforth to the Aire riverside, then threads its way where possible through green corridors between Leeds and Wakefield, Dewsbury and Bradford, to return passing the airport. The original route currently named on OS mapping included sections in Wakefield but its new line is almost wholly within the Leeds area to enable the one authority to manage it. The significant route changes are between Swillington and Howden Clough/Haigh Moor with minor changes elsewhere.


Path Type
Paths Marked on OS mapping
Waymark: Yellow owl and letters LCW on olive green plaque
Yellow owl and letters LCW on olive green plaque
Average Gradients; Canal; River
Start and Finish
SE267417 - Golden Acre Park, Leeds, W Yorkshire
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

External PDF
Leeds Country Way - Introduction (Leeds City Council)
Leeds Country Way (Leeds City Council - 2006)


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

From Path
Along Path
Weetwood Hall  (bookable online)
3 Km
3 Km
The Tops - Headingley  (bookable online)
5 Km
8 Km
The Tops - Kirkstall  (bookable online)
4 Km
8 Km
Walkers are Welcome
4 Km
13 Km
Fir Tree Cottage  (bookable online)
5 Km
94 Km
Arthington Lodge  (bookable online)
4 Km
97 Km

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Route Profile:

97.7 Km (60.7 miles)
1,424 m (4,672 ft) ascent
201 m (659 ft)  maximum height