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woodland Bike Trails in Leeds

NikkiANikkiA Posts: 2
edited October 2008 in Family & kids cycling forum
Does anyone know of any bike trails in woods/countryside suitable for 2 intermediate adults and 2 children aged 5 and 11. My 5 year old has only just learnt to ride without stabilisers so it would need to be quite a flat route.

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  • rgarnerrgarner Posts: 77
    Not sure about woodland exactly - I live between Leeds and Bradford in one of the hilliest areas so I can't recall much that's woody and flat - but the Leeds/Liverpool canal path has always been a nice relaxing Sunday out (lots of kids on bikes!) and there are a few trails branching off that you might care to explore.
  • Mike HealeyMike Healey Posts: 1,023
    Try Temple Newsam park. They've been busy building cycle trails of varying levels there.

    Try contacting the Rights of Way officer via the Leeds council website for information. http://www.leeds.gov.uk/Community_and_l ... _area.aspx
    Organising the Bradford Kids Saturday Bike Club at the Richard Dunn Sports Centre since 1998
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  • rgarnerrgarner Posts: 77
    Try Temple Newsam park. They've been busy building cycle trails of varying levels there.

    Do be careful in Temple Newsam unless you're with a group. Have heard several reports of people being mugged for their bikes.
  • Roundhay Park is good - mixture of tarmac paths, compressed gravelly tracks and some muddier / rootier paths, all of which you are allowed to cycle on. Different route-length options - around big lake, around little lake, up the gorge, up in the woods, up the tarmac paths from the lakeside cafe ...

    There's a disused railway line, now adapted into a traffic free cycle route near Wetherby:
    http://www.sustrans.org/default.asp?sRe ... m=5&sPan=N

    Or the Spen Valley green way is a good option:
    http://www.sustrans.org.uk/default.asp? ... 0106119640

    There are some good tracks and bridlepaths near Eccup reservoir and through the grounds of Harewood House.

    A few years down the line (when your youngest is up for some hills!), there are tracks and bridleways at Otley Chevin - the Danefield side (the right-hand side of the road down from the airport into Otley as opposed to the Chevin side)
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