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Out and about in Yorkshire

The city centre and Headingley host many delights, however sometimes it's nice to escape the city. Here are some day trip ideas from walks to snowdomes, sculpture to warming cake and tea just to get you thinking outside the box...

One of the benefits of visitors is that they often bring along a car with them. This can be your chance for an escape out of the city for a day trip. And a trip to the supermarket for a super sized shop!

Temple Newsam is a beautiful country house and grounds with a little café, shop and farm! It’s about 15 minutes drive from the city centre. You can get the 19a bus from stand Y5 on the Headrow; it will take you straight to the edge of the grounds,
Temple Newsam Road (off Selby Road),
LS15 0AE

Lotherton Hall is another house and estate. There is a red deer park, bird garden, nature trails, café and family play area. It takes about 25 minutes in the car. To get there via bus is a bit more tricky, you can get the 64, 64A to Aberford, then walk for about 20 minutes.
Lotherton Hall,
Off Collier Lane,
LS25 3EB

Yorkshire Sculpture Park does what it says on the tin, it’s a park with sculptures. There’s also a gift shop and sculpture workshops, for a small price, that often take place in the grounds. It takes about half and hour from Leeds city centre in the car. It’s not really accessibly via public transport but have a look on if you want to attempt it.
Bretton Hall,

Kirkstall Abbeyis probably the closest place for a country walk. The grounds are beautiful and there is a bit of historic architecture to keep you occupied. There are organised tours and a visitor centre. Keep on driving away from Leeds on Kirkstall road and you’ll stumble upon the grounds to your left. On your right there is a children’s play area and visitor centre where you’ll find a car park and shop and a great little cafe. The 33 bus goes from the bus station to right outside the abbey.

Xscape is a place to play, eat and shop just outside Leeds in Castleford. There’s a bowling alley, cinema and snowdome as well as restaurants and clothes shops. Have a look at the website for details. It’s about 15-20 minutes in the car and you can get a train to ‘Glasshouton’ which will take you straight there.
Colorado Way,
WF10 4TA

Harewood House is another house and estate with beautiful grounds and events on all year round. 20 minutes in the car.  Get the 36 bus and walk 20 minutes via public transport.
LS17 9LG

Eccup Reservoir is one of my favourite country walks. It’s situated just off the A61 in between Harrogate and Leeds. Take a packed lunch and go to the toilet before you leave as there aren’t any facilities. It’s about a 2 hour walk around the reservoir and about a 20 minute drive in the car from Leeds city centre.

Ilkley Moor and The Cow and Calf Pub is another beautiful country walk, about half an hour drive from Leeds. Finish at the pub for a refreshing beer before you go home. You can do walks for anything from half and hour to a whole day. Make sure you plan your route before you set off to avoid getting stuck. Just over half an hour in the car. You can get the train to Ilkley and then walk about half and hour.
Hanging Stone Rd,
LS29 8BT

Day trip to Harrogate or York – it’s easier to go on the train than in the car to both of these places. Harrogate is home to Turkish baths and is one of the best places to go shopping in the north. A trip to Betty’s tea shop is well worth it but if you want something a bit cheaper there’s an amazing café called Jakes just round the corner and near to Debenhams. Mmm..cake. As for York, it’s a great date day out. Lots to see and do.

Rounday Park is a 10 minute drive from Leeds city centre. Roundhay Park has a lake, various possible walks and a café. Stop off for a drink at the Roundhay Fox, one of my favourite pubs which does great food and has a crackling open fire. Not to forget Tropical world! Lots of birds, butterflies, random animals and the main attraction – meerkats. Roundhay is one of those places which suits the whole family and isn’t too expensive a day out. Park on the road side, in the Roundhay Fox car park or in one of the park’s car parks. Via bus, get the number 12 from opposite the corn exchange or just outside Primark, just off the Headrow.
Princes Avenue,

Have a look at some of the below websites for a few more ideas:
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Categories: Activities, Environment, Food, Fun, Shopping, Travel, Focus Posted on Friday 18th March 2011 at 17:31 by Harriet Jones



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