Living in South Leeds, we were frustrated in the amount of time that it takes to get across the city and out to some enjoyable countryside. 

We were wrong and more recently, we've discovered some great areas for walking in our locality, sometimes it just takes a bit of local knowledge to find where paths link up. I'll try and document some of what we've found here.

I use for planning and recording my routes. I'm also able to embed those routes in this site very easily. Komoot is a great community for walkers, cyclers, runners etc, where the focus is on mapping routes and sharing highlights rather than competing for segments.

I've also just started a YouTube channel to publish my routes. Have a look over there by clicking here: South Leeds Walker

This is a route I planned a little while ago and finally got to complete this week. It's somewhat more of an Urban Ramble than the other walks that I've added so far, spending more time within Leeds/Rothwell, but taking in some of the linking countryside paths along the way.

I've suggested that this walk starts at the Leeds Urban Bike Park. It has good cake and coffee. From there, we will head down to the tramway, head north along the Middleton Railway and then out to the Aire & Calder Navigation. We'll start to return back at the Rothwell Country Park, before walking briefly through Rothwell and joining a disused railway to take us to Robin Hood, before climbing back up Middleton Hill and back to the bike park.

Many of the routes around the south of Leeds tend to skirt residential/industrial areas. This isn't significantly different, but for a 6 mile walk, you spend a lot of time in the countryside. There is a downside and that is a fairly significant period walking alongside the M1 as you skirt the West Yorkshire Police Training and Development Centre and approach Kirkhamgate. You can reduce this by taking an option as the Wakefield Way crosses the Leeds country way, which I'll mention as we get there.

This is an otherwise nice route - good parking at the Ardsley reservoir and a little elevation. Not too much in terms of hidden/overgrown footpaths either.

This is a pretty long walk, varying in surroundings and going via a few overgrown/challenging sections, as expected along South Leeds route.

The route takes you mostly through agricultural, but skirts a few conurbations in order to link up some of the countryside ways. It's a surprisingly peaceful route. No sooner have you passed through a built up section than you'll find yourself back in fields and countryside tracks.

This is a nice walk that takes you through some surprising parts of South Leeds; bits that may not have found even if you live here. It takes in a good part of Middleton park, which brings a few extra benefits, but also goes out adjacent with the East Coast Mainline and a section of derelict railway heading over toward Morley.