Woodlesford Lock Walk

in Leeds

A circular walk starting at Woodlesford Lock, heading up the canal and crossing over to the towpath via Fish Pond Lock.

Woodlesford Lock

The Route

  • Start Point: Woodlesford Lock
  • Finish Point: Woodlesford Lock
  • Distance: 1.75 miles

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Walk Description

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Starting Point: Woodlesford Lock (Note: Parking is limited; please park responsibly as the area is residential.)

Kick off your adventure from Woodlesford Lock, an intriguing slice of canal history nestled amidst a residential backdrop. After parking your car—mindfully, of course, given the limited space—turn left out of the car park and step onto Bullough Lane, a charming road that hugs the canal’s edge. As you begin to stroll alongside the Aire & Calder Navigation, take a moment to admire the waterway, a centuries-old canal that once played a vital role in trade and transportation.

As you amble along, keep an eye out for a whimsical touch that brings a children’s classic to life. Nestled amidst the foliage of a canal-side garden is a delightful little Gruffalo statue! Whether you’re on this walk with children or simply a fan of the beloved story, this quirky detail adds a touch of whimsy to the walk’s already appealing atmosphere.

Soon, the environment will shift as Bullough Lane yields to a more wooded path. This section of the trail offers a stark contrast to the canal-side route you’ve been following. The area around you is rich with foliage, and as you pass a tranquil pond, you’re likely to see ducks gliding effortlessly across the water or foraging near the banks. The sound of quacking and the rustle of leaves make for a serene auditory backdrop.

As you venture further, you’ll arrive at Fish Pond Lock, a fascinating piece of engineering set amidst nature. If timing is on your side, you may catch the captivating sight of a boat navigating its way through the lock, an intricate process that serves as a living history lesson in waterway engineering.

Carefully cross the canal via the lock’s narrow bridge, watching your step as you go. Once you’ve successfully navigated to the other side, you’ll find yourself on a towpath that guides you back down the canal toward your starting point at Woodlesford Lock. As you make your way, take the opportunity to admire the variety of boats moored along the canal, each with its own story and character, adding a nautical charm to your surroundings.

Finally, when you reach Woodlesford Lock, use the lock to cross back to where you began, closing the loop on a journey that’s been both scenic and informative. Before you leave, make sure your car is responsibly parked, especially since this charming trek begins and ends in a residential area.

Whether you’re a seasoned walker, a history buff, or someone simply looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life, this walk offers a diverse range of sights and experiences. From the whimsical Gruffalo statue and quacking ducks to the captivating mechanics of Fish Pond Lock, there’s something here to captivate visitors of all ages and interests.

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