- Start/Finish: Leeds Roundhay Park
- Distance: The round trip is 12.5 miles, which is approximately 2 hours. One way from Roundhay Park to Temple Newsam is just over 6 miles.
- Type: A mixture of quiet roads and traffic free paths.
This great route explores the little known Wykebeck Valley in Leeds, using quiet roads, cycle tracks and parkland paths to connect two of Leeds’ finest attractions, Roundhay Park and Temple Newsam.
To follow the route:
- Start your journey in the fantastic 700 acre Roundhay Park, a haven for wildlife and residents alike. Explore lakes, woodland, formal gardens, playgrounds, sports pitches, a golf course, a lakeside café and Tropical World - home to iguanas, monkeys and fruit bats!
- From Tropical World, follow signs for Temple Newsam down The Carriage Drive. The route winds through the ancient woodland of Wykebeck woods and the meadows of Killingbeck Fields. These areas are home to a variety of plant species. Make sure you pause to look out for Red Kites soaring overhead.
- Enjoy a break at Killingbeck retail park where there is also an Asda and a café if you need some refreshments.
- Continue through the greenspaces of Primrose Valley Park and Halton Moor, cross the golf course to arrive at one of England’s great historic estates - Temple Newsam. This is 1500 acres of parkland, woodland and farmland, including Europe’s largest working Rare Breeds Farm, home to over 400 animals.
- Retrace your steps back to Roundhay Park following the signs.
Things to see and do
- Tropical World
- Roundhay Park
- Wykebeck Woods and Killingbeck Fields
- Fearnville Leisure Centre and BMX Skate Park
- Primrose Valley Community Park
- Temple Newsam
Map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.
The Wykebeck Way is a well signed route that uses quiet roads, cycle tracks and parkland paths through the Wyke Beck Valley.