A Walk in the Park
Words By: Harry McMullen
In 2017 the Guardian ranked Leeds as the 7th greenest city in the Country. Over 20% of Leeds is made up of parks and woodland. This week we take a look around four of the cities most popular green spaces.
Roundhay Park (1872, 700 acres)
First opened in 1872, Roundhay Park is one of the cities largest most popular tourist destinations, drawing in almost 1 million visitors each year. The park is home to a range of features including gardens, tennis courts, lakes, a golf course and the park’s biggest attraction Tropical World. Topical World is an animal conservation centre which houses a vast number of species from crocodiles to meerkats. The Park offers something for each member of the family.
Temple Newsam Park (18th Century, 1500 acres)
Leeds’ biggest urban green space is Temple Newsam Park based in the north of the city. The park resides around a Tudor manor that once housed generations of aristocrats. Now the country manor is a visitor attraction and the manor grounds have been replaced with miles of walkways for visiting families. Temple Newsam is home to it’s very own farm as well as adventure playgrounds, picnic areas and sport facilities, making the park ideal for children of all ages.
Golden Acre Park (1932, 179 acres)
The Golden Acre Park is situated near the Leeds suburb of Horsforth. Renowned for hosting a collection of beautiful gardens, lakeside walks and a selection of tea rooms, the park is a true hidden gem. The park may not be the biggest but it easily facilitates a lazy weekend stroll, offering a break from the hustle and bustle of the City.
Chevin Forest Park (1989, 450 acres)
The Chevin Forest Park is located in the Wharfe Valley near the town of Otley. The park was originally designed in the late 1980’s as a nature reserve and offers fantastic views of the Valley due to the park’s steep incline. The park comes fully furnished with picnic areas and a cafe, perfect for those sunday strolls. Chevin Forest is also pet friendly making a visit both cheap and enjoyable.