3.7 of 5 (9 votes)

Golden Acre Park to Bramhope

A moderate walk (countryside) in West Yorkshire, England, about 12.90km (8.02 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:00h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 163m (534ft)
Descent 125m (410ft)
Max. Elevation 180m (590ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 288m (944ft)
Start & End
Golden Acre Park, Leeds
Distance 12.90km
Duration ~4:00h
2Created by mac.hawk on 03 Jun 2016
A country side walk from one of Leeds country parks. Mainly along bridleways, the walk is well wayposted for most of the route. Fairly level walking other than the final mile which is quite a steep ascent to the return points. X84 bus service between Leeds & Otley/Ilkley (and to lesser extent Skipton) give good access to start/return points throughout the week. OS Map 297 only needed.

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Walk Map

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OS Grid SE265418
Alight the bus and enter the park, if you're arriving from Leeds it's safer to use the underpass than cross the busy Leeds/Otley road.
OS Grid SE268416
Follow the path towards the buildings where you will find toilets & the cafe. Continue to pass the lake & at the eastern end of which take the bridleway to the Arthington Road/King Lane junction.
About 0.33 km (~0.21 miles) from
OS Grid SE275416
Cross the busy road and head up King Lane with care as the walkway is narrow.
About 0.64 km (~0.4 miles) from
OS Grid SE278416
Soon reach woodland on the left and take the wayposted route along it's western (left) edge to eventually reach Black Hill Lane.
About 0.28 km (~0.17 miles) from
OS Grid SE281422
Turn right and at the first junction turn left. At the next junction turn right and follow the road past Thorn Bush Farm towards Bank House Farm. Ignore the wayposted bridleway on the left.
About 0.73 km (~0.45 miles) from
OS Grid SE290423
Follow the bridleway past Bank House Farm - on the map it looks like track but it's actually tarmac road - for just under a mile to the entrance to Owlet Hall.
About 0.96 km (~0.6 miles) from
OS Grid SE304422
Don't take the bridleway to Owlet Hall but continue along the tarmac road a little longer to reach a waymarker post on the left and take the bridleway heading north (left).
About 1.35 km (~0.84 miles) from
OS Grid SE302437
Follow the wide bridleway onto the Harewood estate. Approx 3/4 mile along route see a village on the right - the site of the ITV show 'Emmerdale'. Continue along the bridleway to enter woodland.
About 1.52 km (~0.94 miles) from
OS Grid SE293440
Soon into the woodland turn left along the high track running through Stub House Plantation. After 1/2 mile the bridleway exits the woodland to soon reach a road and turn left to rise the hill.
About 1.01 km (~0.63 miles) from
OS Grid SE288437
Take the first junction on the right down Bedlam Lane. After 1/4 mile turn left into Allums Lane (wayposted) & follow the tarmac road that eventually turns to track where it reaches Bank Side Farm.
About 0.56 km (~0.35 miles) from
OS Grid SE280437
Keep to the left as you pass the farm and follow a track that continues to rise, eventually plateau's, and continues to pass Bank Top and reach the road.
About 0.83 km (~0.52 miles) from
OS Grid SE270433
At the road turn right. In wet underfoot conditions take the bridleway 200 yards on the left (before the quarry) to the road south of Wood Top Farm then turn right to reach Waypoint 15.
About 1.10 km (~0.68 miles) from
OS Grid SE268437
In dry conditions, follow the road to the quarry entrance, take the wayposted bridleway on the left along the edge of Crag Wood. Ignore a footpath on the left & follow the track through the wood.
About 0.44 km (~0.27 miles) from
OS Grid SE260439
Upon reaching the road turn left for 1/4 mile, continuingly rising the hill to reach a wayposted bridleway on the right.
About 0.91 km (~0.57 miles) from
OS Grid SE257437
Take the bridleway downhill towards the woodland, enter and continue ahead to cross a stream, rise to reach a road, cross & follow the wayposted bridleway uphill.
About 0.33 km (~0.21 miles) from
OS Grid SE252434
Cross a second road, still following a wayyposted route uphill. At a third road follow the path ahead (still uphill but unwaymarked) between high hedges to reach a fourth road.
About 0.56 km (~0.35 miles) from
OS Grid SE251434
At the fourth road turn right for approx 300 yards and where the road turns left take a waymarked path on the right into woodland & rise the final section of the hill to reach the Leeds/Otley road.
About 0.18 km (~0.11 miles) from
OS Grid SE248434
The path reaches the road with St Giles Church ahead. Turn right briefly for buses back to Leeds and left a few paces to cross the road for buses to Otley & beyond. Walk is approx 10 miles long.
About 0.24 km (~0.15 miles) from

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