Leeds Run Tour

Take a tour of Leeds city centre and some of the surrounding hotspots with this 7km Leeds Run Tour.


Elevation gain:161m

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This city centre run tour route takes you to the heart of the Leeds.

You will run past a mix of city landscape, green space including public parks and the city’s university campuses. With lots on offer in the city your pre or post run plans are endless with the Leeds Run Tour route.


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 7.06km and an elevation gain of 161m.

The largest non-stop incline begins within the first kilometre of of the route, and has a distance of 370m and an elevation gain of 19m. You can see this on the above elevation chart in red.

The largest continual decline is 299m long with an elevation drop of 24m which starts in the second third of the route. This is shown on the chart as green.

Route Highlights

One of our favourite route highlights on the Leeds Run Tour run route is the number of different places the route passes through. From university campuses, parks, to the city's cultural landmarks. This run route is a showcase of what the city centre of Leeds has to offer.

Best Time To Run

You can run the Leeds Run Tour anytime of the year. During the winter months the only part of the route that isn't fully lit up is parts of Woodhouse Moor park. To avoid the dark paths use the residential streets around the edge of the park as your alternative route.

Route Description

Begin in Victoria Square outside Leeds Town Hall. Take a right on Calverley Street north past the hospital and the university of Leeds. Adjacent to the dental institute on Clarendon Way take the footpath right on to Mount Preston Street. Begin the uphill climb to verge onto Clarendon Road. Keep pushing all the way to the top and you’ll come to the edge of Woodhouse Moor.

At Woodhouse Moor take the path loop anti-clockwise across Cinder and Monument Moor. This loop is roughly 1-mile in length. At the bottom end of the park on Moorland Road use St John’s Avenue and Rosebank Park to drop back down towards the city centre. Bending down into Bellevue Road and Burley Street follow the road past Hanover Square. At Park Square take Quebec to City Square and complete this route with a jog through the financial district before returning to your start point outside the Town Hall.


To extend this run we recommend you turn it into a waterfront route by heading a mile further south to the River Aire. A good spot to jump on is by the Canal Wharf behind Leeds train station.


Leeds city centre is notorious for it’s one-way traffic system. When running this route please be careful to observe all signs for rights of way when crossing roads.


Leeds has seven major city centre districts and the Leeds Run Tour route starts and finishes in the financial quarter of the city centre.

The financial district is centred around the peaceful Georgian Park Square. With the city centre traffic loop passing through the quarter – it can be a busy one to run around!

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The nearest toilet to the start and finish of the Leeds Run Tour route is at Leeds Town Hall. The building is open between 9:00-17:00, 6-days a week.


The nearest place to park is paid at Q-Park the Light. You can pre-book your parking spot or pay on the day.

Q-Park the Light can be found at LS1 8TL (Google Map Directions)

Food and Drink

Leeds Town Hall on Leeds Victoria Square is practically the centre point of the city. This means that you’re on the doorstep of some great drink and food places.

Here’s a couple of choices. For a caffeine injection nip down to Bond Street for some legit Milanese café culture at La Bottega Milanese . For a proper run refuel we recommend you head over to York Place to check out Nosh – it’s got breakfast and lunch bites with a great drinks menu too!

Other Running Routes Nearby

Looking for other routes near Leeds Run Tour? Here are three just around the corner.