Leeds Liverpool Canal to Kirkstall Abbey

A long run to Kirkstall Abbey and back via the Leeds Liverpool Canal.


Elevation gain:237m

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Just shy of 15-kilometres this flat canal run goes from the city centre, through the industrious suburbs of west Leeds, to one of the most well preserved Cistercian monasteries in the UK.

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

Route Description

The Leeds Liverpool Canal is the longest single waterway in use in Britain today. You’re going to run around 4-miles of this famous canal. Starting by the waterfront at Leeds Dock you will run south of the train station west through Industrial Leeds passing Armley Gotts Park and Armley Industrial Museum – you’ll catch a vivid view of waterfront buildings along here.

Once past the urban sprawl the colour will become a little more mixed as you reach the green open spaces of Kirkstall. Leaving the canal at Kirkstall Brewery bend round the retail park to the gardens of the Abbey. Kirkstall Abbey will break up any repetitiveness you might find in the canal running – here you can lap the grounds to make the run that bit longer. Then it’s just the small act of running all the way back to the start at Leeds Dock!


The Leeds Liverpool Canal can get busy all year round. Take notice of your surroundings and any warning signs when running it.


Leeds Dock

Where business and residential meet. This waterside community has a growing selection of leisure and recreation outlets, including some decent food and drink places.

Kirkstall Abbey

One of the most popular visitor attractions in Leeds. Run around the park land and famous Kirkstall Abbey ruins founded over 800 years ago.

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Rubbish bins can be found along the canal. The nearest accessible public toilet can be found at the start of the run at the Canary in Leeds Dock and at your halfway point at Abbey House.


You will find free timed on-street parking on Chadwick Street (Google Map Directions) adjacent to Leeds Dock.

Food and Drink

North Star Café at Leeds Dock is your coffee stop off after a long gruelling run. What makes your coffee unique at North Star is it is always prepared to showcase the conscientious work of the farmer.

Other Running Routes Nearby

Looking for other routes near Leeds Liverpool Canal to Kirkstall Abbey? Here are three just around the corner.