10 of the Best Picnic Spots in Leeds

Despite being the one of the biggest and busiest cities in the country, Leeds is home to some of the most picturesque picnic spots. From rivers and lakes to a city centre oasis, Leeds really does have it all.   So next time the sun decides to shine, roll up your picnic blanket, grab some sandwiches and head to one of the Leeds best picnic spots- as voted for by us…

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1. Roundhay Park

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Less isn’t always more; Roundhay parks sheer size makes it a great spot for a picnic. Covering almost 700 acres there is plenty of space for the kids to run wild and enough room for a banquet never mind a picnic. The park itself has easy access, suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs and once the sandwiches have settled, the playground is a hit with the kids!

2. Kirkstall Abbey

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The Abbey at Kirkstall creates the perfect backdrop for a picnic. With 7 acres of grass, a riverside walk, woodlands area and playground, there is plenty to do and see. If you time it right, there are monthly markets held within the Abbey, for some post picnic retail therapy.

3. Temple Newsam Park

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There is a reason so many events are held at Temple Newsam every year. The 1500 acres of grassland, woodlands and farmland make Temple Newsam the perfect venue for your next picnic. Why not make a day of it and visit the animals at the farm or get deep into history at the famous Temple Newsam house for a full day of fun.

4. Middleton Park

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If you need a hand convincing your other half to embrace the picnic this next spot might be a game changer. With a golf course within its 630 acres, Middleton Park is an ideal spot to crack open the cocktail sausages, with a small lake and woodland areas to explore you might not even have time for dessert.

5. Golden Acre Park

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Golden Acre Park is a great location to bring out the picnic blanket. The picturesque park has a lake in the centre creating the perfect afternoon trail. With plenty of grasslands and the odd picnic bench to set up base camp, Golden Acre Park is definitely a picnic hotspot.

6. Harewood House

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Harewood House is well known for guaranteed great day out for all the family. The grounds cover over 1000 acres and the house itself creates the perfect backdrop for a cocktail sausage or a scotch egg. Choose to set up camp on the grass or in one of Harewoods many picnic areas. Finish the afternoon with a trip to the Bird garden whilst you let the sandwiches settle!

7. Wharfedalemeadows Park

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On a sunny day expect a good crowd of people down by the River Wharfe in Otley. Pack a little extra bread in your hamper for the ducks and watch the world go by.  Post picnic, why not hire a pedalo and take to the waters or if you want to keep your feet on dry land, take a leisurely stroll down by the river to burn off those sandwiches.

8. River Wharf at Burley in Wharfdale

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Do you think you can make it over stepping stones with a hamper in hand?  If you fancy a pre picnic paddle head down to the River banks of the River Wharfe at Burley in Wharfedale for a picturesque picnic spot.   A summer’s day draws in the crowds of those wanting to cool off in the River whilst enjoying the sunshine in this secluded spot.

9. The Cow and Calf

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Undoubtedly one of the best views in Leeds, The Cow and Calf in Ilkley will give you one of the most impressive settings to enjoy your sandwiches. Whether you choose to admire from a lower level or venture up to the top to take a closer look at the famous rock, where you will be greeted with a spectacular view spanning as far as the eye can see.

10. Park Square

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If you’re in the city centre and fancy a spontaneous picnic, you won’t have to travel far to find a worthy spot. Park Square in the city centre is an oasis just a stone’s throw away for the hustle of the city centre.  Enjoy your sandwiches in the sun, or find a shady spot whilst taking in the surrounding skyline.  In the summer months expect to find deck chairs in the square to give you that extra comfort whilst enjoying a carrot stick.

So when the sun decides to show up, stock up on sandwiches, grab your blanket and picnic basket and head to one of the prime picnic locations across Leeds and pray the rain stays away.

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