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