An expanse of grassland and woodland set alongside the banks of the bubbling Meanwood Beck. On the edge 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.
The parks main entrance is off from Green Road, bringing you onto a carpark by the café. From here you have access to use the southern half of the park (the open grassland and playground). Or venture up the main track into the northern side (woodland).
- Meanwood Park, Green Road, Meanwood, Leeds, UKGoogle Map Directions
- Avg Time Spent: 1.5 hours
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Things to Note
Meanwood Park has the following on-site or nearby:
- Disabled Access
- Disabled Parking
- Dog Waste Bins
- Nearby Food & Drink
- Nearby Parking
- Nearby Shops
- Nearby Toilets
- On-site Food and Drink
- On-site Toilets
- Pushchair Access
- Rubbish Bins
- Wheelchair Access
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.
Run in Meanwood Park
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.
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.
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.
There is a war memorial by the entrance to remember the 48 Meanwood men lost in World War 1. In 2014 an avenue of 48 oak trees were planted along the West bank of Meanwood Beck to commemorate them.
Where Does The Name ‘Meanwood’ Come From?
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.
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 and 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.
Parking is free with the main car park situated off Green Lane offering two disabled parking bays. Postcode for parking is LS6 4LT (Google Map Link).
The main footpaths in the park are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs however, caution may be required on uneven woodland surfaces.
How to Get To Meanwood ParkGoogle Map Directions
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.