Moseley Woods


Patch of woodland between Cookridge and Horsforth.


Moseley Woods is a ribbon of woodland on the edge of Cookridge. It is nestled between the railway line and Scotland Beck waterway. Moseley Woods makes for a pleasant walk.

Location Details

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Things to Note

Moseley Woods has the following on-site or nearby:

  • Nearby Food & Drink
  • Nearby Parking
  • Nearby Toilets


Moseley Woods is located north-west of Leeds city centre in Cookridge. The woodland is close to Leeds Trinity University campus.

Things to Do


You can take a walk around half a kilometre through the woodland area. This follows the footbridge over the railway line and Scotland Beck. The trail runs further south alongside the railway towards Moseley Pond and Horsforth.

There is an opportunity to extend your walk south or west via local marked footpaths. Footpaths and backroads cut west across the fields towards Ling Bob Farm and Leeds Trinity University campus.

Wild Flowers

Wild grass meadows can be found in and amongst the patches of woodland. There are up to 100-species of wildflowers in these areas that support the local biodiversity. For example, the common bird’s-foot trefoil is a food plant for 160-species of insects.

Moseley Pond

A Beck runs alongside the verge of the woodland and turns into Moseley Pond towards the southern end of the woodland area. This spot makes for a good place to go pond dipping in summer. All you need is some basic equipment like a net, container and a magnify glass  to see the water life.

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Moseley Woods has been popular for walking in since the 19th century. The type size of the woodland has kept it a local little gem. People have documented visits to the woodland as far back as the 1940s.


The nearest toilet to Moseley Woods is under-a-mile away at the Fox and Hounds in Horsforth (Google Map Directions)

Food and Drink

The nearest place for something to eat and drink is the The Fox & Hounds Horsforth located a 15-minute walk south on Wood Hill Road.

The menus has been carefully curated and included a kids menu, vegetarian and vegan selections and a special Sunday lunch offering.


Park on the free residential parking of Moseley Wood Gardens, LS16 7JE (Google Map Directions) – on the bend of Moseley Wood Gardens you will see a ginnel between the houses that leads to the woodland.


The woods are partly accessible by crossing the footbridge over the railway and beck. This type of footbridge is not accessible by a wheelchair user.

A majority of the paths are uneven mud tracks. We recommend bringing footwear suitable for muddy terrain if you’re visiting soon after a spell of wet weather.

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