Eccup walk

On the outskirts of Leeds, this circular walk is ideal for families with plenty to see along the way. 

Reservoir

Road closed

So we can carry out emergency work safely, we've had to close the road that runs along the east side of the reservoir. The road will be closed until November and you won't be able to walk your usual circular route.

Enjoy a family walk around Eccup Reservoir

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.

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Eccup walking guide

Need an easier walk?

We try to make our reservoirs as accessible as possible. 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. You can find our more by reading our walk guide.

Eccup walking guide

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Details 


Location

7 miles North of Leeds City Centre


Difficulty

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3 out of 4


Route length

4.5 miles


Walking time

2.5 hours


Terrain & gradient

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 Google Maps and and use the postcode LS17 7PF 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.

Visitor information

To keep everyone happy and safe, please:

  • follow government guidance
  • don’t swim
  • take your litter home
  • stick to the path
  • keep your dog on a lead
  • clean up after your dog
  • don’t light fires or BBQs.
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