Curious About Leeds is a pair of self-guided walks with a treasure hunt theme – looping around the better-known sights, as well as some of the more unusual and quirky ones, which combined make Leeds a fabulous place to explore!
First Walk: Art Gallery to River Aire (1.3 miles)
The start of the walk is a showcase to Leeds’ diverse culture, from its majestic Art Gallery, through Mandela Gardens to the imposing Civic Hall. Next we pass the City Museum before heading down the elegant Victorian Arcades. Then it’s on to the hustle and bustle of the Kirkgate Market and Corn Exchange before passing by the former mills of the Calls, which played such a significant part in Leeds’ prosperity, before ending your walk at Leeds’ waterfront
Second Walk: River Aire to Park Square (1.3 miles)
This is a walk of many contrasts – starting with a peaceful stroll by the River Aire, before taking a trip through the founding streets of Leeds. Next it’s on to a little known, tastefully constructed square, before heading to the busier City Square with its imposing buildings and delightful statues.
The walk ends at the sophisticated Park Square with a backdrop of the fabulously architected St Paul’s House.
Each booklet gives you everything you need – detailed directions, maps, clues (with answers if needed!), and fascinating stories about Leeds’s history. We also provide ideas for other attractions and things to see and do along the way.
If you’re naturally inquisitive (we would say curious…), and like having fun, both walks are immensely entertaining – but if you want to ensure you capture everything around you, just add in the Treasure Hunt to ramp up the fun. Follow the directions, and keep to the map! Children find them hugely enjoyable. Younger children (primary school age) should always be accompanied by an adult who will get actively involved – you can give them a specific role, eg matching pictures to clues, finding the answers, or managing the map, etc.
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Yorkshire Curious About walks can be found at Bradford, Harrogate, Hull, Leeds, Ripon, Scarborough, Sheffield, Whitby and York (2 sets of walks).
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