Meanwood Valley Guided Walk

Witch Stone, Meanwood Park

Witch Stone, Meanwood Park

The Meanwood Valley walk is one of several available for booking from Heritage Education. To see a complete list click here.

An outline of the walk

Suicide Stone, Meanwood Woods

Suicide Stone, Meanwood Woods

The Meanwood Valley is an oasis of quiet among the bustling suburbs of Leeds. In past centuries it was a centre of the Leeds tanning industry and must have been a much busier place. The present Meanwood Park was formerly the grounds of a large house called Meanwoodside which was developed by Edward Oates in the 1830s. The house has now gone but the park remains as a recreation facility for the citizens of Leeds.

The walk follows the Meanwood Beck through the Park to Parkside Road and back.

 Detailed information

 Starting point

In the Parking area for Meanwood Park. This is situated at the end of Green Road, Meanwood, Leeds LS6 (West Yorkshire UK). O. S. Grid Reference SE 281 372.
Public transport There are frequent buses to Meanwood from the centre of Leeds, but no convenient railway station.
Length of walk Approximately 2.5 miles.
Duration of walk This is difficult to assess without knowing how fast the members of the group walk or how likely they are to ask questions. However, on average, it takes approximately an hour and three quarters.
Difficulty Most of the route is fairly straightforward traversing a mixture of mown lawns, metalled paths and pavements. However some of the Park paths are uneven and may be muddy after heavy rain. Therefore suitable footwear should be worn. There is also a short uphill stretch along Parkside Road.The route is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs
Some of the things you will see or hear about Edward Oates and the development of Meanwoodside

Lawrence Oates and Scott’s Antarctic Expedition

The American Garden

The tanning industry along the Meanwood Valley

Weirs and watercourses

The Witch Stone

Hessle Well

The Suicide Stone

The monks of Kirkstall Abbey


All walks cost £50 for group bookings.  A 20% discount is available if you book two or more talks or guided walks.

 How to book

To find out more or to book a session contact me here.



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