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
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.
|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
The Suicide Stone
The monks of Kirkstall Abbey
How to book
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