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Garforth to Woodlesford (The Linesway)

Route Details

  • From/To: Garforth to Woodesford
  • Distance: 9 miles one way (approximately 1.5 hours)
  • Type: Traffic free path
  • National Cycle Network: National Route 697 and 67
  • Access: Garforth and Woodlesford train stations

Route Description

This delightful traffic-free route travels from the small town of Garforth just outside Leeds through lovely countryside, passing a nature reserve and an RSPB site, along a river and canal ending at Woodlesford station.

To follow the route:

  • Exit Garforth station and follow the White Rose [WYCC] signs until you pick up signs to National Route 697 and The Linesway and join this lovely Greenway.
  • You soon enter Townclose Hills Nature Reserve (or Billy Wood as it’s known locally) on the edge of Kippax. From the grassland plateau, there are beautiful near-panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Continue along the route to Allerton Bywater, where there is a café if you want to take a break. Turn right at Owl Wood Cottage towards Woodend and continue until you pick up signs to National Route 67, part of the Transpennine Trail.
  • Pause for a short detour at Woodend to visit RSPB St Aidans on the banks of the River Aire.  The reserve is teeming with wildlife and is home to thousands of birds, brown hares, roe deer and insects - all living in a stunning landscape of vast reedbeds, grassland, woodland, lakes, ponds and islands.  This is a great spot for a picnic!
  • Continue along the route, cross the River Aire and follow the river, then the canal to Woodlesford, passing Woodlesford Locks.
  • From here you can hop on a train from Woodlesford station!

If you want to extend the route, you could continue onto the fantastic Rothwell Country Park

Map

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Things to see and do

  • Townclose Hills Local Nature (Billy Wood)
  • Alletrton Bywater
  • RSPB St Aidans Reserve
  • Woodlesford Locks
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This delightful traffic-free route travels from the small town of Garforth just outside Leeds through lovely countryside, passing a nature reserve and an RSPB site, along a river and canal ending at Woodlesford station.

Length: 
9 miles