Gledhow Valley Woods

Escape into the quiet and calm of Gledhow Valley Woods with this road and trail run.


Elevation gain:124m

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A 6k route that mixes road running with woodland trails. You’ll feel in the thick of it and connected to nature all on the same run.

Route Description

Your run will start on Chapeltown Road and head north through the trendy bar and shop area of Chapel Allerton onto Harrogate Road. This section is an upward climb.

At the junction with the allotments you will take a right onto Gledhow Valley Road. At this point the run moves away from the hustle and bustle of the commuter road and onto a calmer downhill stretch. Around 300 metres ahead on your left hand side you will deviate onto the trail and into the woods. Follow this trail through the magical woodland section until you rejoin Gledhow Valley Road at the little Switzerland crossroad.

Run down the final section of Gledhow Valley Road before turning right onto Harehills Avenue. It’s a gentle climb all the way back past Potternewton Park and back onto Chapeltown Road.


Trail running is all about striding on uneven terrain. Keep an eye out for a spindly root or hidden stone on this route. Our top tip is to strike the foot lightly to allow it to absorb any extra shock.


Gledhow Valley Woods is located 2-miles from the city centre and next door to popular Roundhay. The woods are a stretch of ancient woodland around 1.5km in length.

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There are rubbish bins located on the Gledhow Valley Woods route. Your nearest toilet will be in one of the cafes or restaurants on Chapeltown – Harrogate Road.


Park up for free on the residential side street of Mexborough Avenue, postcode: LS7 3DX (Google Map Directions)

Food and Drink

You will start and finish this run on one of the busiest roads in north Leeds. The upside of this is you’ve got some really good food and drink choices right on your doorstep.

Kalabash Authentic Caribbean Food has Jamaican inspired hot dishes and bakery bites. Whatever your appetite post-run this menu should hit the spot. Just up from Kalabash is Cantors – a traditional fish and chip shop – that allows you to takeout and eat at your leisure in places over the road like Potternewton Park.

Other Running Routes Nearby

Looking for other routes near Gledhow Valley Woods? Here are three just around the corner.