The Countryside

Right on our Doorstep

Leeds is the perfect base to explore everything Yorkshire has to offer.

The Yorkshire Dales

For the adventure-seekers, the Yorkshire Dales offer miles upon miles of paths and trails with family-friendly routes and incredible views of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty you won’t find anywhere else.

The impressive Malham Cove, a large limestone formation in the village of Malham, has amazed visitors for centuries. It’s also where Harry and Hermione camp out whilst trying to defeat Voldemort in the Harry Potter film The Deathly Hallows!

Get there on the famous Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway, one of the most spectacular train journeys in England, which cuts through the National Park using tunnels and viaducts, including the iconic Ribblehead.

In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales lies Bolton Abbey, which is accessible by bus or train from Leeds City centre. Escape the 21st century and explore the rich history behind the Priory Chruch and Ruins. Looking for a rewarding walk? Take a trip to the Valley of Desolation, and onto Simon’s Seat, with breathtaking views along the way!

Local green spaces

A bit closer to home, Roundhay Park, Golden Acre Park and Otley Chevin Forest Park are perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of the city, for a kick about or a bit of solitude amongst the trees. Find out all about our local parks here.

Walking trails

Hike up to the Cow and Calf Rocks for stunning views over Ilkley Moor, then marvel at the Victorian architecture of Ilkley.

Just 10 miles away from Leeds lies Otley is a thriving market town just 10 miles from Leeds. The picturesque town is in the beautiful countryside of Lower Wharfedale and has a street market three times a week, a monthly Farmers’ Market, a wide range of specialist shops and award winning bakeries and butchers.


The Yorkshire Coast

Just over an hour from Leeds by train, the Yorkshire Coast offers everything from beautiful architecture to traditional seaside fun.

The largest holiday resort on the Yorkshire Coast, Scarborough is home to Europe’s biggest open air theatre. Sewerby Hall is Bridlington’s jewel in the crown, offering breath-taking views of the coastline, while Whitby takes a darker approach to the seaside, with tours exploring Dracula’s connection to the town and the Whitby Goth Festival, a prolific event within the subculture.