Doorstep Walks in the West Leeds Country Park and Green Gateways area 

Introduction

The aim of this booklet series is to provide information and encourage you to take up walking. Walking is an ideal form of exercise and the benefits of regular walking to mental and physical health are well documented. By walking for just half an hour a day, three times a week, you will see a remarkable improvement in your personal well being in a short space of time.

If you find the prospect of donning walking boots and trudging miles across open countryside daunting then don't worry, these booklets have been specifically produced with you in mind.

Each booklet contains a series of walks ranging in difficulty from short strolls, to more adventurous treks.

A brief description of each route is given, together with a simple plan of the route. An Ordnance Survey Map in the Explorer or Pathfinder Series will help you to pinpoint the location of each route using the grid references supplied. Ordnance Survey Maps are available from bookshops and camping shops.

All the routes have been walked and tested. To help personal judgement of whether the routes are suitable for you, the following grading system has been adopted which indicates surface quality and gradient.

Surface Quality

  1. Tarmac - suitable in most weather
  2. Stone/Gravel Path - suitable in most weather  
  3. Standard Footpath - can be soft in wet weather  
  4. Grass - can be soft in wet weather  
  5. Bridlepath/Dirt Track -    can be boggy in wet weather

Gradient

Flat - gradients up to 1 in 10

Moderate slopes with gradients between 1 in 10 and 1 in 15

Steep with gradients  below 1 in 10

Information

There are 4 Doorstep Walks in the West Leeds Country Park and Green Gateways area. To find out more about each walk and the option of downloading the relevant information please click on one of the blue buttons below: -

 Kirkstall Abbey

 Bramley Fall 

Farnley Park

Calverley Circular

Current Physical Activity Recommendations?  

The current physical activity recommendations are to participate in 30 minutes of  moderate physical activity on most days of the week. Following the Doorstep walks can help you progress towards meeting these guidelines.

Starting off

If you have not walked for some time start with the shorter walks and build up gradually to the longer walks. Remember to  walk at your own pace and rest if you need to.

How fast should I walk?

What should I wear?

During hot weather

Doorstep Walks 1 - Kirkstall AbbeyDoorstep Walk 2 - Bramley FallDoorstep Walk 3 - Farnley ParkDoorstep Walks 4 - Calverley Circular

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