Woodhall Lake

Small woodland and lake on the outer edge of Leeds.


Woodhall Lake is a mixture of water and woodland spread over 7-acres. Also known as the ‘Blue Lagoon’ and dubbed a ‘green lung’ between west Leeds and Bradford. It’s a site of public recreation that’s great for walking and exploring wildlife.

Location Details

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Things to Note

Woodhall Lake has the following on-site or nearby:

  • Nearby Food & Drink
  • Nearby Parking
  • Nearby Toilets
  • Rubbish Bins


Woodhall Lake is located at the apex of Thornbury, Pudsey and Farsley, near Bradford. The lake is situated 7-miles from the centre of Leeds.

Things to Do


In and around the lake makes for a pleasant short walk – the paths are mud but decent enough –  and a few surprises. Perfect for walking the dog or taking the little ones out.

Just off the main path are trails and little off-track shoots that make for great adventures.

Den Building

The off-shoots from the main paths lead into the thick of the woodland. In here you can take the little ones to explore nature and do something fun like build a den. Look for fallen wood and greenery to make a structure and canvas to camp out in. The possibilities are endless when you use your imagination!

Bird Watching

Bats and woodpeckers are some of the birds that visit Woodhall Lake at different points of the year. It’s worth setting up a bit of a hide to watch the wildlife in and around the waters edge.

Feed the Ducks

You’ll regularly see ducks, waterhens and coots on the lake. Bring some suitable bird food and spend some time feeding these feathered friends.


From what used to be a fishing lake that stocked pike and carp, Woodhall Lake has recently lost it’s lease as a fishing venue. Leeds City Council have identified a small leak in the dam and a parasitic virus that has adversely affected the fish stock in the lake. It is understood that to improve this the lake will need significant investment.

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In the 19th century the area including the spot where Woodhall Lake now sits was owned by local business owner Daniel Peckover. Daniel had a woollen business on the site that took a slump in the 1840s.

To keep his workforce busy he put them to work digging the lake, which was locally coined the ‘Blue Lagoon.’


The nearest public toilet is a 5-minute drive away at the McDonalds on the Pudsey ring road.

There are 2-rubbish-bins on the trails around the lake.

Food and Drink

There’s a minimum of 5-food-and-drink options 5-minutes away on Bradford Road. If you’re wanting a meal we recommend a trip to Lala’s restaurant.

This eatery does highly rated Pakistani curries including Biriyani and traditional desi style dishes.


Park for free on the residential street of Woodhall Croft, LS28 7TU (Google Map Directions) – Woodhall Lake is just over the road from this.


Woodhall Lake contains a series of uneven mud trails that can become more difficult to walk on following wet weather. We recommend you wear appropriate footwear dependent on the conditions.

The paths are unsuitable for a wheelchair user and there is a kissing gate to get through.

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