This route is great if you are wanting to run the Leeds Liverpool Canal and get a loop in with a bit of distance, rather than going one way and then back on yourself. It is a mix of road and canal, and gives you a tour of the Bramley/Rodley area.
The stretch along-side Bramley Falls and down the canal is a peaceful woodland setting. A pleasant contrast to the sharp edges of the city.
Starting on the corner where Stanningley Road meets Hough Lane, you head up Hough Lane and then take a left at Upper Town Street. This first stretch is fairly downhill.
Following along Upper Town Street, and then Upper Rodley lane is a fairly flat and straight run. A good section to set a pace on.
Upper Rodley Lane then connects to Town Street. Follow this along until you reach Rodley Barge, and then take a right. Follow this up until there is a small bridge over the canal. Cross this onto the tow path and take a right.
Coming down the canal you will pass Rodley Sports Ground and Fallwood Marina. This section can sometimes get busy with walkers and cyclists, but the afternoon can be very quiet.
For the next few miles you will follow the Leeds Liverpool canal down past Bramley Fall Woods until you reach a road bridge just past Kirkstall Abbey (you will see the Abbey on the left as you run down).
Take a right when you get onto Leeds Bradford Road and follow this for a mile or so until you hit Swinnow Lane.
This is the final stretch. Take a left at Stanningley Road and continue on until you end up back when you began!
As a section of this route is set alongside a main road, take care when crossing. As well as this, the canal can sometimes get busy with walkers and cyclists. If you are running by yourself this can be solved by sticking to the left, and keep your ears open for the sound of a bell!
The location of this route is a real mix. You start on Stanningley Road, one of the more busy roads in Leeds, but very quickly end up tucked away from the traffic along the canal. The route passes a number of green spaces such as Bramley Falls, Bramley Park, Rodley Sports Ground, Rodley Nature Reserve, Kirkstall Abbey and Stanningley Park. All in 13km!
At the beginning of the route there are a couple of cafes that have toilets. Further along the route there is the Rodley Barge pub. There are bins dotted along the canal for any rubbish you may have.
The best place for parking for this route would be the on-street parking on Elder Road – postcode LS13 4DL (Google Maps directions)
Food and Drink
The first section of the route along Stanningley Road has a number of food and drink establishments if you are looking for a quick thing to take away with you. We would recommend Scufflers. A little bit further along the road there is Quick Snack.