Address: Woodlesford Lock, Woodlesford, West Yorkshire LS26 8PU View on Google map
Opening Times: The towpath and picnic area are open daily
Price: Once you're there, it won't cost you a thing
Toilets: The nearest toilets are for customers of the village pubs, café and hotel.
Just five miles from Leeds, Woodlesford Lock on the Aire & Calder Navigation, is one of the best places to escape the city and enjoy country walks. The navigation was built to connect Leeds to the Humber and the North Sea. Unique to this navigation were ‘Tom Puddings’, huge open containers for carrying coal, linked together and pushed along by tugs. The waterway still carries commercial traffic but today, it makes its way through peaceful countryside.
This area is also famous for its rich variety of wildlife - and places to spot them. The towpath runs right along the side of Rothwell Country Park. And if you're really quiet you might even spot a Gruffalo!
Take to the towpath:
Places to eat:
Picnic benches are close to Woodlesford Lock (just watch out for the Gruffalo!)
By car - there's a small, free car park next to Woodlesford Lock. You can also find some parking in the village centre. Parking is limited, so please keep the local residents in mind.
By train - Woodlesford train station is in the village with regular services from Leeds
By bus - the bus route 446 runs from Wakefield to leeds through Woodlesford
By boat - as well as our waterside moorings, you'll find a couple of water points