The Primrose Valley is a delightful spot of rolling green fields, cycle paths and woodland. It makes for a quieter alternative day out to Roundhay Park, think nature and scenic views but without all the people.
Climb up to the highest spots to get a great view over the city, see what critters you can spot in the pond or head over to the adjoining Primrose Valley Park to give the children and four legged friends a run about or play a game of football and tennis.
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Things to Note
Primrose Valley has the following on-site or nearby:
- Disabled Access
- Nearby Food & Drink
- Nearby Parking
- Nearby Shops
- Nearby Toilets
- Pushchair Access
- Rubbish Bins
- Wheelchair Access
Primrose Valley Park is one of the five nature reserves that make up the Wyke Beck Valley, a green corridor brimming with nature and diverse habitats that follows the Wyke Beck. Primrose Valley is located in the east Leeds district of Halton, 5 miles from Leeds City Centre and is a great place for cyclists, nature lovers and families to explore.
Things to Do
Explore the forest
Delve into the forest of Primrose Valley where you will find a mix of oak, silver birch, sycamore and coniferous species standing tall amongst the rich grasslands. Can you spot the wild cherry trees? Visit in the summer months to forage the delicious cherries, before the birds get them.
To the east of the nature reserve there is a little pond, which has in the past hosted pond dipping events. Visit in the spring and you might be able to spot the spawn of frogs and the smooth newt under the water’s surface.
There are hedgerows and scrublands scattered amongst the trees, home to a variety of small mammals, birds and insects. Foxes and bats have been seen in the area along with kestrels, buzzards and red kites which can be seen circling in the skies hunting for prey.
Nature reserve meets park
Stroll through the woods of the Primrose Valley Nature Reserve and you will find Primrose Valley Park. Featuring a large bowling green the park is a great place to take children and four legged friends to run around and let off steam. There are also facilities for the sports enthusiast.
Enjoy a game of football on the park’s large football playing field or try your hand at a game of tennis on one of the three outdoor tennis courts. The courts are free to use and don’t need to be booked in advance, so just turn up and play.
Walk along the Primrose Valley Park Loop
The Primrose Valley Park loop is a 3.2km looped trail that takes you through the forests of the Primrose Valley Nature Reserve and into the park. The lightly trafficked trail is suitable for all ability levels and is great for those who enjoy hiking, walking, running amongst nature. The route is also a great place to walk the dog!
Cycle or Run the Wyke Beck Way
Primrose Valley is one of the five nature reserves that features on the Wyke Beck Way a 6.7 mile (or 13.4 mile stretch if you choose to do there and back) network of cycle paths that take you on a journey through some of Leeds greenest areas.
Start at Roundhay Park, one of the biggest parks in Europe and opposite the fantastic Tropical World, follow the freshwater Beck through five diverse nature reserves featuring woodlands, scrublands and meadows and end up at the grand Temple Newsam Estate, complete with a farm that the kids will love.
The route is fairly easy going and uses a mix of quiet roads, cycle routes and pathways. It is on the National Cycle Network and follows path 6. A map of the route can be found on the Leeds Gov website.
What are you waiting for? Get on your bike and explore and if you’re more of a runner the cycle route is a perfect place to practice those 10km and half marathon distances.
To find out more about the Wyke Beck Way and other great cycles routes in Leeds and surrounding areas visit the Sustrans website.
Become a conservation volunteer
Fancy learning new skills, meeting new people, getting out in nature and looking after the local greenery? Then why not join the Wykebeck Valley Conservation Volunteers.
Wykebeck Valley Conservation Volunteers who meet on the third Friday of the month to carry out path maintenance, litter picking and hedge planting in the Primrose Valley. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.
Whilst Primrose Valley is now a designated nature reserve, community green space and habitat for a variety of wildlife it didn’t used to be so tranquil. In fact Primrose Valley was a hive of activity. It was originally a farm, before being used as a quarry, a coal mine and a sewage works after which the land was landscaped into a landfill site. By 1938 the old quarry workings were marked as disused and replaced by a recreation ground and allotments .
Pay attention when visiting Primrose Valley Park as you may see clues to the past, such as tall steel poles sticking out from hillier bits of the park. It is believed that these were used to let out methane gas from the waste under the topsoil.
There are no toilet facilities at Primrose Valley. Please use the bins provided or take your litter home with you.
Food and Drink
Primrose Valley is a great place to picnic. Stop for a bite to eat amongst the trees and listen to the sounds of nature or take a perch at the top of a hill for great views over the city.
On nearby Selby Road you will find the friendly Marimonte Restaurant serving up tasty Mediterranean food with a smile. Expect to see a mix of authentic Mediterranean pasta, pizza and grill dishes on the menu. There restaurant has a selection of vegetarian pizza options
Another great food choice on Selby Road is Spice House Indian Restaurant. A family run business they specialise in authentic fusion dishes full of fresh ingredients and flavour that combine tastes from Indian and Bangladishi cuisine. Described as one of Halton’s gems, Spice House is well worth a visit.
There is no car park at Primrose Valley. Limited parking is available roadside in nearby residential streets.
There are surfaced paths across the site which are great for completing circular walks of the nature reserve. These can be accessed via entrances on Sutton Approach (off York Road), Lucy Avenue (off Selby Road) and Primrose Lane. Surface paths are suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs. Be careful when using informal paths as these may be bumpy and muddy.
How to Get Here
You can get to Primrose Valley Nature Reserve by car by following the A64(M) and York road from Leeds City Centre
Travelling by bus? Take the 19, 19A, 40 or 163 bus from Leeds City Centre. Alight at Selby Road Primrose Lane or Selby Road Portage Avenue.