Post Hill is a very popular place for walkers, families, dogs, and mountain bikers. Situated on a hillside, the site is protected by Fields in Trust for public accessibility and recreation. Once you experience Post Hill it becomes clear why this place is being protected for the enjoyment of generations to come.
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Post Hill is 28 hectares of meadow, woodland and waterway. Tucked between Pudsey and Farnley on an impressive hillside, this beauty spot has slipped the attention of Loiners not familiar with the suburbs of West Leeds. Post Hill is a hidden gem for the majority of the city.
The uniqueness of Post Hill is the layers of beauty it possesses. Entering through the Wood Lane entrance – in spring – you’re greeted with paths and trails that diverge through meadows of wild garlic adjoining the waterway and woodland carpeted with bluebells. As you rise the canopy gives way to grey carved rock protruding up from the ground; a remnant of its quarry days. Reaching the summit of the hill the stone becomes a shade of dark red and for a moment you’re transported to a desert far away.
The hillside is one of the highest points in the local area with views on offer across West Leeds. See if you can spot “old Anna” and Pudsey Parish Church.
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Post Hill is a naturalist’s home. The Beck water way is bustling with an array of birds, including: Mallards, Kingfishers, Grey Wagtails, Water Rails, and Grey Herons. Brown Trout and Mayfly are breeding in the waters and Newts are found in the still water ponds. Observation is as far as it goes as fishing is strictly prohibited by Leeds City Council.
The woodlands are home to Roe Deer and to various species of birds, such as the Great Spotted Woodpecker and the Tawny Owl, as well as several species of bat, among them the Leisler’s Bat.
Most of Post Hill is covered in Oak-Birch woodland, in the southern part there are stretches of semi-natural ancient woodland that has trees dating back to the 16th century. Seven tree species include oak, birch, ash, hawthorn, hazel, yew, and field maple can be identified. The meadows and sparse grasslands are brimming with wildflowers, including: Bird’s Foot Trefoil, Oxeye Daisies, Autumn Hawkbit, Tansy, and Red Clover.
The diverse beauty of Post Hill makes it an ideal place to take pictures of nature. We can guarantee that any budding photographers will come away with a decent cache of shots!
The nature trail of about 2 miles is routed through the site, but we recommend going off-piste with an adventure on one of the numerous unmarked woodland trails – this way you’ll stumble on the beauty hidden within the layers of Post Hill.
The hill started out as a place for motorcycle enthusiasts to hold their nerve on a climb that keeps on going… and going… and going for 527 feet. Since the televised scrambling on the BBC screen stopped decades ago; West Leeds Motor Club are keeping the flame alive with trials and races on a yearly basis. Visit their site to find out more about membership and entry to these events.
For those that like their travel a little slower on two wheels, Post Hill is a good place for novice mountain bikers. The downhill routes, wide open trails and woodland single-track link creatively with the abundance of beaten tracks to make something more interesting.
Post Hill is a runner’s best friend. The demanding gradient and free flowing trails make it an interesting and challenging place to run. Local running club the Pudsey Pacers have created a popular event for the Leeds running calendar. The Pacers Post Hill trail race incorporates the mammoth hill twice over and takes in the best trails on offer. Booking is advised for the November event as it regularly sells out.
Hidden in the trees towards the top of the hill are three separate Gritstone crags left from an old quarry. There is a mixture of bouldering and single pitch climbing, most with good top outs and flat landings. Most climbs are well protected with plenty of crimpy hand holds and crack lines to follow.
Dogs are allowed to be walked at Post Hill, both on and off the lead. It won’t take you long to complete the marked 2 mile trail. Even with a dog walking at a slow pace you’re able to get round in an hour. Dogs love the woods because they are not only filled with other dogs but there is also a lot of open space to run around. On hot days the Pudsey Beck is a necessity for your pet; the running water is a perfect place for your feline friend to rehydrate.
The name of the area originates from the newspaper Yorkshire Evening Post who acquired the land and sponsored motorcycle speed and climbing events on the site from 1926; drawing crowds of over 20,000 . The western aspect of Post Hill – laid with a cobbled track – was said to be “the steepest hill climb in the world”.
During World War II Post Hill was the location of a POW (prisoner of war) camp. Italian and German prisoners were held to work on farms in the surroundings. The camp also housed two anti-aircraft guns with the concrete bunker structures surviving well into the 1980s, these have since been demolished.
There are plenty of dog waste bins provided along the route, to help keep the area as tidy as possible. With normal waste bins at both ends of the park. There are no toilets on site.
Food and Drink
For those that need a quick refreshment or bite to eat the nearest place is McDonalds in Bramley. In a car you’ll do it in a couple of minutes on the ring road going south. At Discover Leeds we like pushing the boat out a little more. A longer excursion into neighbouring Pudsey will deliver something a little more traditional. 7 Steps boasts dining “built on experience – crafted with passion”. The food is British grub with a modern twist and a choice of local ales or cutting edge cocktails. If you’re just passing through and a full on dining experience isn’t what you’re after, why not get a quick fix of fish and chips at The Bearded Sailor.
North of the ring road from Pudsey is Farsley. This up and coming suburb of Leeds isn’t left wanting when it comes to good food. Travelling up Old Road you will come across five restaurants – in 500 metres – that serve up Italian, Greek, Turkish, Indian and British food. One of our picks is Deeva – a contemporary take on Indian cuisine.
Parking onsite isn’t available at Post Hill. The closest available parking is just off of the Wood Lane road entrance – our recommended starting point for your visit. The bay-like parking has space for up to 10 cars maximum; there is no parking charge or time limit.
- No wheelchair accessible entrance.
- No tarmacked paths, only trails. A more robust pushchair is recommended.