Westfield Lane, Leeds, LS25
Townclose Hills Nature Reserve
Townclose Hills Local Nature Reserve sits upon a knoll of magnesian limestone. From the grassland plateau at the top of the hill you can get beautiful near-panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The mosaic of habitats found here including limestone grassland, woodlands, meadows, scrub and a woodland glade supports a wide variety of plant and animal life, and much of the site has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest by English Nature in recognition of its national importance for conservation.
Townclose Hills nature trail is about 2 kilometres long. Townclose Hills is access land so you are free to explore this area, but be aware that limestone is renowned for having large cracks, or grykes, that feet can get trapped in! Paths may be steep in places and the ground uneven or muddy, so wear sturdy shoes and be careful where you walk.
There are several footpaths into the site, but the main one runs up from Kippax Leisure Centre car park on Station Road. A track runs from the bottom of Westfield Lane up to the northernmost tip of the site, and the Lines Way runs alongside the western edge.