15) Middleton Park & Leeds Urban Bike Park, Town Street, Middleton, Leeds, LS10 3SH.
Distance: Various distances can be covered in this park – including the (Green classification route) sections of the Urban Bike Park.
Terrain: Various, tarmac, path, woodland trail.
Facilities on site. Disabled toilets at the café in Middleton Park, there is also a café and bike shop at the Urban Bike Park. I was unable to check if they have a disabled toilet in the Urban Bike Park centre on my visit. Both cafes are operating a reduced access service so check with their own web sites to see what services they are opening on the day of your planned visit. Plenty of disabled bay / Blue Badge parking at both the Urban Bike Park and Middleton Park.
If your free to visit on a Thursday or Friday and fancy exploring using a Mountain Trike or riding a hand powered Hand Bike then see the link to Experience Community below. For a small small charge you can take part in a supervised ramble on top spec disability equipment.
It’s hard to believe that your only 4 miles from the centre of Leeds as you wander around this site. Spread out over 470 acres including a nature reserve and ancient woodland. A lake and pond can be found too. There are a few cross road barriers but ample space and dropped kerbs are provided. Dogs are allowed as it's a public park.
A great place to wander and discover so a descriptive route isn’t necessary for planning a visit. Go, explore and enjoy.
It’s a great location to visit on even a wet day as I did, plenty of wild flowers along the paths with a number of moths and butterfly. Rewilding is a big feature of the park – allowing flowers and vegetation to flourish – creating abundant habitats for species to thrive.
A lovely Dragonfly followed me around the fishing lake.
What might you see?
Squirrels, occasional Deer, smaller mammals, lots of colourful Jays in the woods, and many smaller songbirds. Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Wren, Goldcrest. Dragonfly, Damselfly, Moths, Butterfly. A large family of Swans were on the fishing lake along with Coot and Moorhen. Red Kite, Buzzard and a few Kestrel. I could also hear a Cuckoo but didn’t manage to catch a glimpse.