Things to do near Leeds

Whether you fancy a gentle stroll around a reservoir, a challenging hike or an afternoon of fishing, there's plenty to do around Leeds.

Ardsley reservoir

Fishing near Leeds

Washburn Valley Fishery offers exceptionally high-quality fly and coarse fishing across Fewston, Swinsty and Thruscross reservoirs. It's a stunning rural location which is easily accessible from Leeds.

Swinsty and Fewston reservoirs are both 153 acres in surface area and are regularly stocked with rainbow trout at 1lb 6oz and fish between 3lb and 7lb. The largest rainbow trout caught here was over 14lb! Wild brown trout can be caught and returned in the reservoirs.

Thruscross Reservoir is a wild brown trout fishery with 140 acres of water.

The reservoirs are all part of the water supply system and the level of water can vary. This and the size of the waters, compared with many other fisheries, will test the skill of the angler.

Find out more about Washburn Valley Fishery

Walking near Leeds

Scenic strolls  

If you fancy a gentle stroll, try our Ardsley route. It’s a lovely short walk, just over a mile long, looking out over Emley Moor.

Family fun

Our Eccup walk is ideal for families as there’s plenty to see along the way. The route passes through woodlands, past the charming village of Eccup and over a dam. Keep your eyes peeled along the way because there are lots of birds and wildlife to see. Part of the walk crosses farmland which can be uneven and sometimes muddy so make sure you wear your wellies!

See all our walks

More things to do in Yorkshire

If you want to travel further afield, you’ll find lots to do around Harrogate and Sheffield.