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“Surburban Natural Pleasure”

Rodley Nature Reserve
Ranked #29 of 172 things to do in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

I remember this place as the sewage works viewable from where I used to live in Bramley. Most of the works has been given over to the reserve. Only recently got to visit having done a local walk from Bramley Fall and then along the Leeds and Liverpool canal via Rodley. I like the fact this is a developing nature reserve and how its becoming a natural space again. Run by volunteers and it will, hopefully, continue to evolve. It's not a glamorous site but wildlife aren't interested in glamour. If you're interested in spotting wildlife, neither should you. There's free admission, free parking (blue badge near the visitor's centre), good signposting, toilets and the aforementioned visitor's centre. Hides and viewpoints by the lagoons, dipping ponds, mammal house and the Manager's garden hide is well worth a visit to watch birds feeding off tables. Go as a separate visit or combine it with a good walk along the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Either way, well worth it.

Note: Gates to the reserve are locked at 4.00pm

1  Thank Dillan1965
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

What a lovely gem of a place! You'd never guess what lies behind the industrial buildings at al when looking from the roadsidel. A bit bumpy for buggies as the paths are grassy, but a lovely walk round & a nosey in the hides to see the birds. The added bonus has to be the wildlife ponds where you can borrow nets and dipping trays. Nothing nicer for kids to identify what they've netted! We went with friends & their kids, & the age ranges were from 2-12 years old. Enough to do for an afternoon for all.

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Reviewed 12 September 2013

We were introduced to this nature reserve by our friends who live near by, what a little gem of peace and tranquillity this place is. I was told that it is run by volunteers hence why it is open only Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Well worth a visit especially with children, who will be encouraged to "Pond Dip" with nets, unfortunately Dogs are not allowed because of the wildlife.
There is a cafe on site and toilet facilities, The reserve is nestled between the River Aire and the Leeds/Liverpool canal, if you are feeling up to it, why not have a walk along the canal tow path to round off your visit.

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Reviewed 16 January 2018
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