This popular and attractive ride begins in vibrant Leeds and winds its way out of the city along the traffic-free towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The route is full of historic interest and some surprisingly scenic countryside.
To follow the route:
- Exit Leeds station by the main entrance. Cross the road to CyclePoint, turn left along the pavement in the direction of traffic. Turn sharp right at a sign saying “Granary Wharf 4mins”, follow the same pavement under the railway bridge and turn right again into a tunnel signposted “Granary Wharf Car Park”. Follow the tunnel over the river until it emerges in Granary Wharf, where you start the route on the canal towpath signposted National Route 66 at Office Lock.
- Follow the towpath out of the city passing the Leeds Industrial museum at Armley. Enjoy views of the medieval Kirkstall Abbey.
- Continue to the picturesque havens of Bramley Falls and Rodley Nature Reserve. The Reserve has a variety of habitats sheltering dragonflies in summer and tourists in its friendly café throughout the year.
- Cycle towards Apperley Bridge through a wide valley, past cattle grazing the banks of the River Aire and through ancient woodland to the busy market town of Shipley.
- From here, it’s a short cycle to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire. This Victorian model village boasts a major art gallery, independent cafes and shops in beautiful listed buildings. Over the river is the delightful Roberts Park, with a playground, picnic area and café, and a Victorian tramway to the local beauty spot of Shipley Glen.
Things to see and do
- Leeds Industrial Museum
- Kirkstall Abbey
- Bramley Falls and Rodley Nature Reserve
- River Aire
- UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.