Weetwood Loop

The Weetwood Loop covers some of the best beauty spots in and around Headingley including Meanwood Park and The Hollies.

Distance:6.31km

Elevation gain:123m

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Overview

The Weetwood Loop is a mashup of road, trail and parkland. The gradient will climb and drop amid an attractive backdrop of the inner city greenspace. Take your time to soak up your surroundings on this run!

Route Description

This route covers some of the best beauty spots in and around Headingley. Start by dropping down to Otley Road get onto Weetwood Lane parallel to the A6120 – re-joining it just before hitting the Meanwood Valley trail off Parkside Road. Take the trail all the down to Meanwood Park where you will cross the Beck and enter the Hollies footpath, via Hollins Allotments. Return to Headingley Campus by taking the up hills of Moor Road and St Chads Road.

Warnings

The Meanwood Valley trail has some really ancient trees on the route. As beautiful and mystical as these are there’s a good chance some of these roots are gangly enough to leave you tripping into a ball of confusion. Watch your step!

Location

You start and finish your run in the historic grounds of Leeds Becketts Headingley Campus.

History

The campus has a long history. It has passed hands from one rich owner to another several times since the 16th century – most notably a full house remodel by William Beckett in 1832 – before the Grange was bought by Leeds Corporation (aka Leeds City Council) in 1908.

It turned into a Teacher Training College in 1913. Throughout the First World War, the College was used as a military hospital. In time the College connected with other local colleges to form Leeds Polytechnic, becoming the Headingley campus we know today.

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Amenities

The nearest toilet to the start and finish of the run is at Headingley Campus at the Leeds Beckett Student Union.

Parking

Park for free just outside the campus on the residential street of Church Wood Avenue, postcode: LS16 5LF (Google Map Directions)

Food and Drink

Just down the road from Headingley Campus is Otley Road. A student on campus will be aware of the “Otley Run” that tours all the pubs down this long road.. Yet this route into town has some impressive cafes and coffee stops on it.

Food & Drink

Two of our top picks on Otley Road include the fantastic slow pace of Fika North coffee shop and the community atmosphere at Sebby’s café deli. Both places are perfect stops to enjoy your post-run endorphin hit with a drink and bite to eat.

Other Running Routes Nearby

Looking for other routes near Weetwood Loop? Here are three just around the corner.