Bedquilts is a large area of playing fields located in the quiet north Leeds suburb of Adel. It is partially owned by Leeds City Council, University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and Wades Charity.
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Things to Note
Adel Bedquilts Recreation Ground has the following on-site or nearby:
- Disabled Access
- Disabled Parking
- Dog Waste Bins
- Rubbish Bins
Situated in the heart of Adel, it is enjoyed by residents, dog walkers, and sports teams. Partly owned by Wades Charity, who helps provide and maintain open spaces within the Leeds city boundary, for the inhabitants of Leeds.
Things to Do
During the week, Bedquilts is mainly used by dog walkers and local residents. It’s a popular spot for an evening walk, run, or kickabout. Leeds Softball Association meet here every Tuesday in the summer to play softball. At the weekend, sports teams use the sports facilities to train and play matches.
There are many rugby and football pitches with full size goal posts, with a couple of cricket wickets as well. For dog owners interested in flyball, the Calverley Chasers Flyball Club train at Bedquilts every Sunday, providing they are not competing in an event.
Adel Bedquilts is a brilliant place to bring a blanket, some food, and have a picnic on a sunny day!
Once a medieval field, the area was enclosed for farming in the late 16th century, specifically for strip farming. The strips leftover from the farming days is what gives Bedquilts its name, as the rippled ‘quilted’ effect from the strips can be seen in low sunlight.
The area was also home to groups of deciduous trees, which are now protected and form an important part of the playing fields.
At the main car park, there are changing room facilities available for sports teams. There are no public toilets.
The park is very dog friendly with ample space to let your dog off the leash and play ball. There are dog waste bins available at each entrance and along the path that runs along the north side, connecting Church Lane to Long Causeway and separating Bedquilts from Adel Cricket and Tennis Club.
Food and Drink
If you’d like to go for a coffee after a stroll around Bedquilts, York Gate Garden has recently opened a cafe on a sun terrace overlooking a sunken Mediterranean garden. On your way there, be sure to walk through the grounds of Adel Parish Church, a Grade I listed building. If you are hungry, stop by the local Italian restaurant Mio Modo (formerly Divino) on Otley Road. If you just need a pint of milk, head to Adel Wood Store, M&S Simply Food (inside BP petrol station on Otley Road) or the Coop on Otley Road.
There are two car parks, with the main car park just off Adel Lane and the overflow car park at the crossroads of Adel Lane and St. Helens Lane. The field is gated off so no cars can access the grass.
Bedquilts has lots of pedestrian entrances as well, with access from Adel Lane, Church Lane, Long Causeway and St. Helens Lane. Most of the paths are accessible for wheelchairs, buggies and the like.
The majority of the grass areas are fairly wheelchair friendly, but care should be taken after rain or on a wet day.
How to Get Here
Adel is well connected with Leeds City Centre and you can get to Bedquilts by getting the 1, 6, 28 or X84 bus.