ACTION PLAN – Compartment 1 - Kirkstall Valley

Theme - Facilities (Public Rights of Way)









Maintain the condition of the PRoW path network and associated access and bridging points including those used to service the WLCP Green Gateways Trail.

Monitor and maintain path surfaces, drainage, gates, stiles, steps, bridges etc. to facilitate their safe condition and use; seek funding.

An accessible and safe PRoW network; erosion and trampling of the surrounding area minimised; increased use by public due to reduction in mud etc.

Parks & Countryside.


Local Transport Policy (LTP2), Highways, Parks & Countryside.


Links between PRoW in and around Compartment 1 of the Country Park and those in the Excluded Area to create Community Green Gateways, using parks and other greenspaces as stepping stones.

Identify possible routes in partnership with local groups and Parks and Countryside; consult with  landowners to gain consent for the formalisation of paths across their land to be  established as Community Green Gateway;  source funding; formalise routes through waymarking and interpretive material.

Extends the available network of walks and trails in the WLCP; helps to establish routes within the Excluded Area; helps to offer more sustainable travel routes.

Parks & Countryside, Local Stakeholder groups.


Local Transport Policy (LTP2), Highways, Parks & Countryside.


Extend permissive bridleway currently running through Bramley Fall to Gotts and Armley Parks.

Consultation with local groups and Parks and Countryside; Explore options for extension; liaison with National Grid/British Waterways, Kirkstall Valley Nature Reserve / developers at Kirkstall Forge etc to establish route; source funding.

Extends the available network of bridleways in the WLCP; reduces the pressure from other stretches of bridleway; helps to offer more sustainable travel routes.

Parks & Countryside; National Grid; British Waterways, Local Stakeholder groups.


Local Transport Policy (LTP2),Highways, Parks & Countryside.


Several  potential opportunities for new pedestrian and cycle paths or the granting of permissive paths.

Kirkstall Forge, new riverside routes to Pollard Lane and Kirkstall Abbey & bridging point over River Aire to feed into Lower Fall; consult with Planning for progress. National Grid,  permissive use of metalled road running towards marina; consult with National Grid.

Opens up a series of attractive new waterside routes; helps to offer more sustainable travel routes.

LCC  Planning; Parks & Countryside, Local Stakeholder groups.

As development occurs.

Section 106, Local Transport Policy (LTP2), Highways,Parks & Countryside.


Stretches of the towpath in Compartment 1 have obstacles to wheelchair / mobility scooter use e.g. stepped bridge over entrance to marina on the  canal to the rear of Armley Park.

Liaise with British Waterways to look for solutions;  consultations with local user groups and Leeds Improvement Project to establish best solutions;  source funding; support Leeds Waterway Strategy idea for a water bus.

Extends the routes available for wheelchair/mobility scooter users.

British Waterways, Parks & Countryside, Leeds Improvement Project, Local Stakeholder groups.

Begin in 2008.

British Waterways, Lottery funding, Local Transport Policy (LTP2).

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