Several daisies against green grass in Meanwood Park

Meanwood Park

Nestled in the picturesque Meanwood Valley, a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Meanwood beck with small waterfall in Meanwood Park

An expanse of grassland set alongside the banks of the bubbling Meanwood Beck. Part of Meanwood Valley, Meanwood Park is a great place for a picnic, walk, run and break from the city.

Brimming with wildlife, trails to explore, sports facilities and a children’s playground, there’s something for everyone.

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Amenities

  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled Parking
  • Dog Waste Bins
  • Nearby Food & Drink
  • Nearby Parking
  • Nearby Shops
  • Nearby Toilets
  • On-site Food and Drink
  • On-site Toilets
  • Parking
  • Pushchair Access
  • Rubbish Bins
  • Wheelchair Access

Location

Split down the middle by Green Road, Meanwood park is located just 4 miles North from Leeds bustling city. Scattered with industrial heritage, the 29 hectares of grassland, woodland, meadows and streams showcases Meanwood Valley’s natural and cultural history.

On the other side of Meanwook Beck, Meanwood Park opens up to Beckside gardens. A patch of grassland and footpaths that lead to Meanwood Valley Trail.

Meanwood Park is a lovely day out for all ages and four legged friends alike.

Things to do

Owned by Leeds City Council and managed by the Parks and Countryside Service, Meanwood park is free to explore. There are picnic benches located around the park, a children’s playground and a cafe making it perfect for a family day out.

Great Place to Exercise!

For the sports enthusiasts, why not take advantage of the parks basketball courts, table tennis table or tennis courts. Reserve your court for free. There is also a bowling green which is open to new members.

It is the centre of many great run routes. Our friends over at Run Leeds have pulled together several of these routes. The Weetwood loop is a great 6km starter route that takes you through Meanwood Park, past the Leeds university fields and past the Hollin Allotments. For something slightly longer, the Weetwood Runnings route is almost 10km, that touches on the Meanwood Valley trail, Adel Woods, and the University Campus.

Dog Friendly

If you are looking for somewhere nearby to walk the dog, this is the perfect place! With lots of wonderful scenery to explore your fluffy companion will be keen to get off the lead, scurry in the undergrowth and take a paddle in Meanwood Beck.

Meanwood Valley Hike

Meanwood Park has many footpaths to wander down. If you fancy something a little off the beaten track why not venture down the Meanwood Valley Trail. The 7 mile liner walk is described as a ‘green artery’ taking you on a beautiful journey through the natural and cultural history of the valley. It is the perfect way to explore the beautiful Meanwood Valley Nature Reserve abundant with wildlife, woodland and ponds.

If you make it to the end of the 7 mile walk you’ll find yourself in the glorious Golden Acre Park; another fabulous day out.

Volunteering at Meanwood Park

Want to support your local community? Cared for by Friends of Meanwood Park offers volunteering opportunities to support the local wildlife, check out Meanwood Valley Partnership for more info. Pop along every 3rd Saturday of the month to meet people and get stuck in with pond maintenance, gardening and litter picking.

History

Meanwood Park gets its name from the 12th century ‘Meene Wude’. Anglo-Saxon for ‘the common wood’, which was the woods to the east of Meanwood Beck.

Between the 16th and 19th centuries water from Meanwood Beck was used to power machinery used for the production of corn flax, dye works, tanneries and paper mills. You can still see glimpses of the areas industrialised past when venturing around the park.

Amenities

With lots of benches and bins dotted around the park, Meanwood park is the perfect place to picnic.

Public toilets are located a short walk from the park entrance. Customer toilets with disabled access can be found at the Three Cottages Cafe.

Food & Drink

Come rain or shine, the  independent Three Cottages Cafe situated in the heart of Meanwood Park offers a delightful range of house coffees, brunch, lunch, cakes and deli options.

If it’s a beverage or pub grub you fancy, why not head to the Myrtle Tavern? Set just off the Meanwood Valley Trail it’s no wonder it’s been voted one of the best Beer gardens in Leeds.

A short distance from the park is the centre of Meanwood hosting a range of great eateries and drinking establishments including; Zucco, The Hungry Bear, East of Arcadia and Terminus Taproom. 

Parking

Parking is free with the main car park situated off Green Lane offering two disabled parking bays.

Access

The main footpaths in the park are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs however, caution may be required on uneven woodland surfaces.

How To Get Here

The park’s main entrance is located on Green Road, LS6 4LE. The park can also be accessed from via Hollin Lane, down Weetwood Mill Lane, and from The Hollies.

For those travelling by public transport, bus routes 27,51, 52 and 91 will get you closest to the park.