Hyde Park 5km
A 5k run that takes in all of Woodhouse Moor park and the red brick streets of Hyde Park.
This 5k run route uses Woodhouse Moor park as a base to explore some of the most popular streets in the Hyde Park neighbourhood. The enigma of this run is you get the best of both park running and road running all in one.
Starting just below Hyde Park Corner near the skate park you will take two lefts in quick succession onto Woodhouse Lane and then Victoria Road. We love opening up on the straight of Victoria all the way until the end, turning left onto Cardigan Road.
At this point you can recover on the small downhill towards Royal Park Road. Turn left onto Royal Park and head into the student area, moving past the iconic Hyde Park Picture House at the Queen’s Road junction – a cheeky right here will take you to the infamous Brudenell Social Club, but alas, we’re not finished yet!
After passing the Queen’s Road junction you’ll hit the biggest hill on this run all the way to the top and the allotments corner of Woodhouse Moor. This is a chance to test yourself on the decent incline. Once at the top circumnavigate the park anti-clockwise until you rejoin Woodhouse Lane. Straight after the Library Pub turn left into the park, passing the statue of Queen V.
On the final section you’ll do an anticlockwise route of the bottom end of the park. But, before making it a full square (back to Queen V) you’ll turn left by the statue of Duke Wellington (near Leeds Business School) and run diagonally back to the start. Happy running!
This route crosses a few busy roads. Be careful if listening to music on this run, and look twice when crossing the road.
Hyde Park is the student hub of Leeds. The bricks are red and the housing from the late Victorian period. The area is home to some great independent shops and eateries. With the cultural gems like Hyde Park Picture House and the Brudenell Social club, putting Leeds on the map in the art house cinema and underground music scenes.
The park has rubbish bins on the main footpaths and benches to take the weight off your feet after a run. For the nearest toilet head 50-yards up the road from the route finish to the collection of independent shops and cafes on Hyde Park corner.
There is free residential parking available at the southern end of Woodhouse Moor park. Try Clarendon Road or Moorland Road but be sure to keep an eye on the clock as the parking spots are on a timer limit.
Food and Drink
Head straight to Hyde Park corner (50 yards away) for your food and drink fill after this run.
If you’re finishing your run around brunch-lunch-dinner with the latter making a very late lunch acceptable, then the LS6 Clock Café is your perfect choice. These guys have been dishing up some top quality breakfasts for decades. Expect a proper post-run refuel.
Yet, not everyone wants to indulge in a big bite to eat after their run so our next best selection, particularly if you’re a coffee fan, is a trip to Coffee on the Crescent for a specialty cup of joe and some artisan snacks to nibble on.