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Country Parks and Green Gateways

The country parks and green gateways initiative links up areas of countryside, parks and trails to form one big country park. There are currently two of these parks being developed in Leeds.

The aims of both country parks are to:
  • provide trails and recreation areas
  • include and protect diverse wildlife habitats
  • preserve the countryside
  • involve local communities in planning and decision making 

West Leeds Country Park

A tansy beetle on a leaf
A 32km circular trail running from the city centre, through the green corridor of the Aire Valley around Calverley, south of Pudsey and into Armley and Wortley. For more information see the link to the community run website​.

Grants from Green Leeds and the Big Lottery Fund have enabled us to make interpretation boards, seating, signage and a nature trail leaflet (available in the documents section on this page). Other improvements so far have included commissioning a sculpture, improving bridleways and restoring some wild flower meadows.

Visitor Centre
The West Leeds Country Park Visitor Centre in Pudsey Park keeps captive indigenous species ranging from birds, mammals and fish and explains the different habitats in the park and how they benefit wildlife.


North West Leeds Country Park

Otley Chevin park

A 43km circular trail which runs between Woodhouse Moor Park and Otley utilizing the Aire Valley, Meanwood Beck and Oil Mill Beck green corridors besides the countryside south of the Chevin Forest Park.

We will be consulting with local community groups and organisations about the initiative and to find out which areas need improving.

For further information and maps please see the documents section on this page.


Contact details:

For more information on either initiative please contact 
Douglas Louis
Country Parks Officer
Tel: 0113 395 7439
Mobile: 07891 270941


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