Running on mixed woodland terrain is good for your body and mind.
The uneven gradient works different muscles in your legs, feet and ankles. Which in turn improves your overall balance and strength as a runner.
Numerous studies have shown that exercising in woods is great for physical fitness and mental health.
Check out the best woodland run routes in Leeds below.
A 13km route partly along the Leeds Liverpool Canal through Bramley and past Bramley Falls.
Beautiful 5k trail run within the designated nature reserve of the Otley Chevin. Part of the official Leeds parkrun series.
Escape into the quiet and calm of Gledhow Valley Woods with this road and trail run.
A touch of the Leeds Liverpool Canal and a bit of Hawksworth Woods makes for a peaceful run route!
A trail run around one of the most vibrant urban nature reserves in Leeds.
Starting in Headingley, this route showcases the best parts of the Meanwood Valley Trail.
A 10k trail run that takes in the beauty of Post Hill and Nan Whins Wood all in one go.