Trip Tips: Exploring the stunning nature around Leeds

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Kirkstall Abbey

TRAVEL GAZETTE – With some of the most interesting points of interest around the the north of Britain, the Leeds countryside this is a must-visit place.

Kirkstall Abbey boasts historic architecture amid a haven of wildlife and greenery – the Abbey, which dates back to the twelfth century,  was transformed from a desolate wilderness into a charming pleasure-ground in the late Victorian period.

The popular Abbey House Museum just across the road from Kirkstall Abbey is a popular spot to spend an hour or so.

Temple Newsam offers equally beautiful surrounds – it has a variety of rare breed animals – as well as offering the opportunity to wander around the beautiful gardens, enjoy some leisure time and book the football pitches, or enjoy a round of golf, climb on the playground, and walk in the woods to discover the folly and explore the bridle paths.

Roundhay Park is one of the biggest city parks in Europe, with over 700 acres of parkland, lakes, woodland and gardens.

Add to that an abundance of wildlife including woodpeckers, swans, rabbits and squirrels. Enjoy a game on one of the sports pitches for football, rugby and cricket as well as a grass cycling track.

Also, Roundhay Park is also home to Tropical World, a tropical island adventure which is fun for all the family. At Tropical World you can take a trek through the rain-forest and experience tropical wildlife at night before a quick excursion through the desert all in the same morning!

Otley - The town is in lower Wharfedale on the A660 road which connects it to Leeds.
Otley – The town is in lower Wharfedale on the A660 road which connects it to Leeds.

If you want to explore the natural beauty of the area- Chevin, near Otley, boasts breathtaking scenery, with a magnificent set of paths for walker, plus nature trails.  Otley itself is lovely – with some first-rate restaurants, pubs and tea rooms.

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