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56) Roundhay Park, Mansion Lane, Leeds, LS8 2HH.
My route is approx 3.85 miles long, a few long but not steep hills on good quality hard standing pavements. wide paths, the sections along the side of both lakes was quite muddy but the weather a few days before my visit was very wet and lots of snow.
I went around there larger (lower lake) first then headed up the main path (on tarmac) to the upper lake, you could do the upper lake first then take the dirt path down through the woods to the lower lake -but I didn't as I was on my own and the track was very dirty / slippery.
Excellent wide paths - tarmac, some wide bridges, no gates no stiles.
Facilities on site:
Ample free car parking, in a number of locations around and inside the park - depending if you want to drive in and park up or as I did park outside.
Two cafe's , the Lakeside and the Mansion House, during covid the toilets at the Lakeside are closed.
I was not able to check if a disabled toilet is located in the Mansion House - but from sketchy memory I believe there is!
Dogs are welcome in the park - guide and assistance dogs permitted (wearing jackets) in the cafe's.
I parked at the carpark near the Canal Gardens, and entered the park gates. I headed down to the lower lake and the Lakeside Cafe, I then did a clockwise circuit of the lower lake. There is a path up to the Upper lake but I chose to not do this today as I was on my own and it looked quite muddy. I don't think it would cause much issue coming down if you want to explore.
After a full circuit of the lower lake I headed up the main route path to the Upper lake , did a anticlockwise circuit of this then headed up to the Mansion House- then back to the car park.
Visitors could add a few further wide woodland paths as there are lots running off the route I did today. Also the Canal Gardens are worth exploring but were closed during my visit as it was after 3pm!
What might you see?
All the usual fowl, geese, swans, Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, gels, raven , all the usual parkland birds. Squirrels, deer sometimes seen in the park.
A lovely spacious park in a beautiful area. Ideal for any type of wheelchair / power chair.
Even tho it was muddy in places during my visit there were plenty of large puddles to rinse of my wheels after my wander.
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