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Golden Acre Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, March 18th, 2018

 A' Walk - 11 miles.   Leader - Clive Hickman.    Grade - Moderate.  Ascent - 900 feet

 This is a lovely, walker-friendly area with solid stiles and well defined footpaths within a delightful rural landscape which more than compensates for the occasional muddy terrain.  Given that the location is close to the northern suburban edge of Leeds it is not surprising that Golden Acre Park is so popular.

We begin at the main car park using the under-pass to cross the busy Otley Road to enter the Park. Our route is initially east past the pond to cross over Arthington Road into King Lane. From here we turn north east onto the Leeds Country Way on the edge of Eccup Whin Wood before turning right onto Black Hill Lane. Now we resume our north easterly heading onto Eccup Lane until joining the Dales Way directly north.  This section is the less well known and less used link from Leeds to Ilkley where the main Dales Way begins en route to Bowness-on-Windermere.

 At Bank Side we turn east to join the Ebor Way onto Allums Lane, then south on Bedlam Lane (extremely peaceful !), before regaining our easterly route on a bridleway to Stub House Plantation.  Here we head directly south across open countryside past Stub House Farm before finally reaching Eccup Reservoir.  The path follows the eastern and then southern edges giving us views across the reservoir throughout. 

We leave the reservoir at its easterly tip and head south and then west on the Dales Way.  Here we are quite close to home as our route is alongside a lane which eventually takes us back into Golden Acre Park.  Passing a hotel on our right we cross over Otley Road to join a path to Cocker Hill Farm and the fish pond. Our route from here continues north directly into the car park.

The splendid café in the Park offers fine refreshment but will close at four p.m.

Do enjoy the day – a walk to be recommended.             

B' Walk - 8 miles.   Leader - Rosemarie Leetham.    Grade - easy/moderate.   Ascent - 440 feet.  

 From the car park we make our way through the under-pass to avoid crossing the very busy main road, then past the Café and toilets. We follow the track alongside the lake and after crossing the Arthington Road we make our way to Five Lane Ends. We then head towards Alwoodley Park where we follow a narrow path alongside quite a busy road. Unfortunately we are near a road for about ¾ mile, but this cannot be avoided.

Short of  Alwoodley Park we pick up an access section of the Dales Way to take us to Eccup Reservoir. For the next 2 miles we follow the trail alonside the reservoir, past Reservoir Lodge. The whole area is part of Alwoodley Park.

After crossing the Dam we leave the reservoir and head for Eccup. At Bank House Farm we turn northwards along a track for a short stretch before turning westwards to Lineham Farm.  One more short walk along a lane will take us to Eccup Whin where we walk along the edge of the woods  and then back to Golden Acre Park.  The woodland path was very muddy in places even before all the snow we had, so we may have to use the roads  instead, which will add just over ¼ mile to our walk.      

'C' Walk - 5.25 miles.    Leader - Freda Wilde.     Grade - easy.   Ascent - 300 feet.

 We head for the café for our usual refreshments via the under-pass to avoid the busy A660, Otley Road. Our first landmark on our route is Five Lane Ends which is on the Leeds Country Way where we cross Arthington Road to join a track along the edge of the woods at Eccup Whin. This section can be muddy but we have an alternative should this be so on the day.

We next turn on to Black Hill Lane and Swan Lane which leads to Lineham Farm at which point we follow a short track onto the Dales Way which will take us to the western end of Eccup Reservoir. We continue along this path, eventually turning back towards Five Lane Ends along a minor road and into Golden Acre Park with its excellent café.

A flat easy walk but with the occasional muddy section.


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