Meanwood Valley Local Nature Reserve

The Meanwood Valley Local Nature Reserve runs between Meanwood, several kilometres north of the city centre and continues north into the more rural countryside around Adel and Alwoodley.

An excellent way to explore the valley is to follow the Meanwood Valley trail which runs from Woodhouse Moor, through the Meanwood Valley and on to Breary Marsh at Golden Acre.

There are waymarks along the route and you can also find a basic Meanwood Valley Trail map in the Documents section of this page.

There are car parks at:

  • Meanwood Park, off Green Road in Meanwood LS6 4LE
  • Adel Woods, off Stairfoot Lane in Alwoodley LS16 8DR
  • Golden Acre Park off Otley Road in Bramhope LS16 8BQ

The reserve contains a mosaic of important wildlife including woodland, lowland heath, meadow, watercourses and ponds. Though much of the valley is readily accessible from local urban areas, it provides an excellent opportunity to experience and enjoy wildlife in often seemingly-remote surroundings.

The valley is centred on two watercourses, the topmost being Adel Beck which rises in Bramhope, but which gives way to Meanwood Beck just south of the Outer Ring Road. The becks are home to fish, such as stone loach and bullhead, as well as the native white-clawed crayfish, which looks like a olive/brown small lobster, but which is sadly now in decline nationally following the introduction of an American species in the 1980s.

Where the becks flow between boulders and within the woodland, the cool, moist conditions provide the perfect habitat for ferns, liverworts and mosses.  In contrast, the poor, free-draining soils and open and exposed conditions at Adel Moor are ideal for heather and if you’re particularly lucky, you may spot common lizards which live here. Small ponds along the valley are also the breeding grounds of frogs, toads and newts. ​

The Meanwood Valley Partnership​ helps to preserve, protect and enhance the Meanwood valley working with Leeds City Council, local organisations and local residents who volunteer their time and skill.​​

Meanwood Valley Project 2018 – 19

A project to involve local people in the wonderful wildlife of the Meanwood Valley is currently underway. The project includes public events, wildlife surveys, school visits and volunteer opportunities. To find out more about all aspects of the project, visit the documents section of this page.



Meanwood valley trail leaflet for web.pdf1086434pdf
Meanwood Valley Volunteer rangers poster Valley Volunteer rangers poster.pdf655185pdf
MV Vol Ranger task prog 2018 Vol Ranger task prog 2018.pdf74085pdf
Project promo leaflet promo leaflet.pdf467396pdf
Summer Events poster Events poster template.pdf1080314pdf
Wildlife Survey Programme Poster Survey Programme Poster.pdf982625pdf

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