Bramley Fall Trail 5km

A mysterious and magical trail run through the ancient woods of Bramley Fall Park!


Elevation gain:129m

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Bramley Fall is a native wood that’s more than 10,000 years old just on the edge of Kirkstall and Bramley. This 5k trail run takes in the most beautiful and mysterious parts of the wood, river and canal.

Wanting to find your way to the start of the route? Here is a link for a Google Maps Directions page.

This route has a distance of 5km and an elevation gain of 129m.

The largest non-stop incline begins in the first third of of the route, and has a distance of 386m and an elevation gain of 39m. You can see this on the above elevation chart in red.

The largest continual decline is 450m long with an elevation drop of 32m which starts in the second third of the route. This is shown on the chart as green.

Route Description

Begin your run at the Abbey Inn. Head over the road and down the canal towpath towards Kirkstall Forge train station.

At the lock head over the canal and up the steps into the woods. Follow the trail through the thick of the wood until you hit the rugby pitch.

Coast alongside the edge of the wood next to the rugby pitch. This tree-line will drop down through a high opening and bring you alongside the canal and back to the lock.

Cross back over and take a sharp left onto the opposite side of the canal. Here you will run alongside the water on a bridleway until you reach Newley Wood Lane bridge and the Abbey Inn.


Where ever there’s water there’s a risk! In particular the blind corners on the canal path towards the latter end of the run. To avoid a clash with a cyclist or fellow runner give a loud call before taking a blind corner.


Bramley Fall Woods are a mile wide and can be found just off the Leeds Bradford Road on the fringe of Bramley. The native woods have a monumental age of more than 10,000 years so expect some magical aura on your run.

If you like running in this area, why not take a look at some other routes in similar areas. This route went through: Kirkstall.

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Bins can be found on the main walking routes in Bramley Fall Woods. If you’re caught short for the toilet we recommend you pop into the Abbey Inn to use their restroom.


All car park options are free at Bramley Fall. Get one of 20 spaces in the Leeds City Council operated car park. It is located on the Leeds and Bradford Road (B6157),  postcode: LS13 2LP (Google Map Directions)

Alternatively, hit Pollard Lane and head into the larger unmanaged car park just off the road along side the Rugby Pitch. The postcode is LS13 1EY (Google Map Directions).

Food and Drink

You will stop and start your run at the Abbey Inn . This pub is one of the best in the area for a drink, and they do some hearty pub food that could be just what you need after this run.

Other Running Routes Nearby

Looking for other routes near Bramley Fall Trail 5km? Here are three just around the corner.