29) Temple Newsam Grounds & Gardens, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds, LS15 0AE
There are many miles of footpath, my route is 3.4 miles in length, a circular anti-clockwise route from the carpark, to the large historic house, then the garden, the extensive grounds and gardens.
Most of the route is on wide tarmac footpath, a few sections on hardstanding path, a few small sections on woodland dirt path. There are some long sweeping hills to tackle. The main hill is from halfway around the route - from the ornamental lakes. up past the farmstead to a cafe- then another steady climb to the carpark.
No gates and no stiles.
Facilities on site: Plenty of car parking, free for Blue Badge Holders.
Cafe and disabled toilet at the stables block.
Dogs are allowed in the grounds of the estate.
From the carpark head towards Temple Newsam, and take the wide gate immediately around the back of the house- this takes you into the formal garden. Enjoy the formally laid out gardens, then head east and pick up the dirt path. This takes you alongside the meadows. After perhaps 1/2 a mile bear left and you will soon be on the tarmac path. You can explore the paths around the lakes. After the lakes start heading up the long footpath to the former stables, here are disabled toilets and a nice cafe. From the cafe head up back to the carpark.
What might you see?
Deer, Rabbits, Hares, many small birds, Buzzards, Red Kites, Thrush, on the lakes all sorts of Fowl. Kingfisher also have been known to visit the lakes. Woodpecker, Heron, Geese.
In the forest Nuthatch, Treecreeper.
Many butterfly and moths. Dragonfly, Damselfly.