Water and Industry in Kirkstall Valley Walk

in Leeds

This walk takes you between two fish passes. Before summer 2020 fish hoping to reach the gravel beds in shallower parts of the upland river to lay their eggs were stopped by the weirs at Kirkstall Abbey and Armley Mills.

Kirstall weir

The Route

  • Start Point: Kirkstall Abbey
  • Finish Point: Kirkstall Abbey
  • Distance: 2.1 miles

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Walk Description

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This walk takes you between two fish passes. Before summer 2020 fish hoping to reach the gravel beds in shallower parts of the upland river to lay their eggs were stopped by the weirs at Kirkstall Abbey and Armley Mills. Many fish need to move within the river to feed, breed and shelter. One of the fish that will have travelled the furthest is the Atlantic salmon.

Salmon will have travelled from the Atlantic Ocean around Greenland to lay their eggs in the shallow upland streams they are born in. These fish pass help connect 60km of river habitat. Their construction will allow salmon to return after an absence of over 150 years.

Food & Facilities

The Kirkstall Bridge Inn serves food & there is a café at Kirkstall Abbey.

Related Accommodation

The accommodation below is nearby - and has been updated recently.

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The Scott at Claremont Serviced Apartments

23 Clarendon Road, Leeds, LS2 9NZ, United Kingdom
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The Smeaton at Claremont Apartments

Claremont, 23 Clarendon Road, Leeds, LS2 9NZ, United Kingdom
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Holiday Inn Express Leeds City Centre, an IHG Hotel

Cavendish Street, Off Kirkstall Road, Leeds, LS3 1LY, United Kingdom

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