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“A place of huge skies and tranquility”

RSPB St Aidan's nature park
Ranked #38 of 159 things to do in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: St Aidan's is a perfect place to get close to nature and relax, unwind or exercise in a stress-free environment. Just outside Leeds on the banks of the River Aire, it's a big new space to walk, run, cycle, or ride your horse and enjoy the wildlife that surrounds you. It has a wide range of wild plants and animals, and is home to thousands of birds, brown hares, roe deer, wild flowers and insects - all living in a stunning landscape of vast reedbeds, grassland, woodland, lakes, ponds and islands. With a variety of circular paths of varying lengths and large areas of open grassland, St Aidan's is a great place for families to enjoy the outdoors, share a picnic and play together. Over 7.5 Miles (12 km) of footpaths, bridleways and cycle routes connect the surrounding communities, with links to national footpath and cycle networks. St Aidan's is a fantastic place for locals wishing to explore the wider countryside or as a destination for people who love nature.
Reviewed 18 September 2013

We discovered this joy of a site and returned three times in the same week. Following the many footpaths and bridle ways, we saw buzzards over the hill, kestrels hovering over the reed beds and numerous water birds including grebe and a flash of a kingfisher flying down the River Aire. We walked to the nearby canal and along the river with footpaths taking you off the site towards Woodlesford, Methley, Castleford and Wakefield. At the moment the visitor centre is not yet open so take some sandwiches!

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Reviewed 31 July 2013 via mobile

Great place on a lovely day but don't find your way there by clicking on 'Point Me There!' and clicking on the 'directions' button below the compass in this mobile app. For some reason it has a grid reference attached to it that'll take you to Nuneaton - a journey of 114 miles with no RSPB reserve at the end!

2  Thank helliejd
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

On the site of former open cast mine, now RSPB reserve. Great place to horse ride, walk or cycle, bird watch or walk your dog (on a lead during nesting periods). Recently opened. An area of natural beauty and calm.

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Reviewed 29 April 2016
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