Eccup easier walk

Covid-19 update

In accordance with government guidance, our recreational sites and car parks remain open during the national lockdown for people to exercise locally. We ask that you follow the latest guidance to help keep yourself, our key workers and others safe. In the current lockdown this includes:

  • Please do not travel to one of our sites if it isn’t local (which the government has defined as the village, town, or part of a city where you live).
  • Please only visit to exercise with your household, your support bubble, or to meet one other person.

If you do plan to visit, we continue to request that you are respectful of our sites, staff members, other visitors and local communities:

  • Please maintain social distancing throughout your visit.
  • Please follow any instructions on signage around the site.
  • Please follow designated paths. The paths are there to keep you and our key workers safe.
  • 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 and can block important access for operational vehicles or the emergency services.

All of our toilet facilities are currently closed 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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