Walk: Pioneering women and haunted pubs in hidden Newlay

in Leeds

A short circuit near Kirstall Forge and Kirkstall Abbey.

Newlay bridge

The Route

  • Start Point: Kirkstall Forge
  • Finish Point: Kirkstall Forge
  • Distance: 1.86 miles

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Walk Description

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Start at Kirkstall Forge train station (LS5 3NF).

The site was once Kirkstall Forge. Metal has been smelted on this site since 1200 by the monks from Kirkstall Abbey. One owner, Betty Beecroft, transformed a largely derelict forge in 1778 in just four years into a thriving business that laid the foundation for production at the site until 2002.

Exit through the rear of the station along the path that leads into woodland. Turn left at the T junction and head towards the canal. At the canal turn right and follow the signpost marked Horsforth.

The Abbey Inn is said to be haunted. Like many pubs in the area, it was used as a mortuary from the 1600’s until the 1950’s.

From the Abbey Inn walk down the road over the railway bridge and down towards Newlay Bridge. Walk across the bridge and when you come to Rein Road turn right and walk ahead until you see the river on your right. Follow the track along the riverbank. When the track comes out on Leeds and Bradford Road turn right and head down the hill back to Kirkstall Forge.

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