Eccup easier walk

Since the government guidelines have changed, we’ve been working hard to devise a plan to keep everyone safe while enjoying our beautiful reservoirs. We’ve reopened the car parks at this reservoir so visitors can walk around them as long as social distancing rules are observed.

To help direct visitors, we’ve installed some new signs that are there for everyone to follow so please take a moment to read them.

  • Please maintain social distancing when walking around the reservoir
  • Please follow designated paths. The paths are there to keep you and our key workers safe.
  • Some of our paths may be closed off. This is because our key workers need to access them and they will be clearly signposted that they are closed.
  • Make sure you take any litter home with you and do not light any BBQs or fires.
  • If the car park is full, please do not park on verges or on the road as this causes traffic issues.

All of our toilet facilities are still closed at these reservoirs so please be mindful of this when visiting.

Please note, not all of Eccup Reservoir is easy inclusive access. In our downloadable walking guide, the walk crosses fields on a natural surface which can be rough and boggy. However, between points 2 and 6, the walk follows wide tarmac roads and surfaced paths with no stiles, steps or steep inclines.

On the outskirts of Leeds, this circular walk is ideal for families with plenty to see along the way. The route passes through woodlands and the quaint village of Eccup, over a dam and alongside a local golf course. The reservoir is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is nationally important for birds, which is why it is especially important to stick to the paths and view nature from afar. You may also see the unmistakable red kite, recently saved from extinction in the UK. The walk is 4.5 miles long.


North of Alwoodley, North Leeds


3 out of 4

Route Length

3 mile

Route Time

2.5 hours

Terrain & Gradient

Please note, not all of this route is suitable for easy inclusive access. The route up to point 2 crosses farmland which can be uneven and boggy. The rest of the walk follows surfaced paths and roads. There are 2 stiles but no steps on this walk.

How To Get There

By car: on-street parking is located near point 1 on Alwoodley Lane, LS17 7PF. Please park considerably and don’t impede any access.

As Eccup is an urban site, directions to the start of the walk can be complicated. Please visit www.google.com/maps and use the post code above to find directions from where you are.

By public transport: There is a bus stop on Alwoodley Lane which is 600m/0.4 miles from the start of this walk.

For up to date travel information from any location visit google maps to search directions.

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