Walk: Armley to Kirkstall Bridge

in Leeds

A walk in Leeds out and back walk from Armley to Kirkstall bridge along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal Towpath.

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The Route

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  • Start Point: Viaduct Road, Armley
  • Finish Point: Kirkstall Bridge, Kirkstall
  • Distance: 3.3 Miles

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Walk Description

This walk is an out and back walk from Viaduct Road in Armley up to Kirkstall Bridge following the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The first half of the walk is on smooth concrete and the second half gives you the option of a rough towpath or the cycle route travelling along side.

As you get onto the canal, turn right away from Leeds city centre and keep the canal to your left. The path is wide and smooth with some short sections of cobbles under the bridges. You will pass by the historic Armley Mills as the towpath winds through the Aire Valley. A short distance into the walk you will approach the hills that traverse the entrances to Aire Valley Marina which allows boats to get on the canal.

Just after Aire Valley Marina you will come to a bridge. If you take the right-hand path, just before the bridge, you can follow the direction of the canal into Kirkstall on a wide flat path that forms part of the cycle path. Alternatively, you can use the cobblestone path up and over the bridge to explore Armley Park and the wooded canal path.

Once you have passed the Marina, you will reach a bridge where the cycle path re-joins the towpath. There are a number of cobbles on the path under the bridge. When you reach Kirkstall Bridge Car Park where you can either leave the canal, continue to explore the towpath as it travels past Bramley Fall Woods or retrace your steps.

At Kirkstall Bridge you are just a few minutes’ walk from the Kirkstall Bridge Inn, a perfect place to stop for refreshment and enjoy the waterside garden!

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