This cycle route, chosen as Stage 1 of the Sustrans Slow Tour of
Yorkshire, is from Roundhay Park to Temple Newsam, following the Wyke Beck
Way. This is the
Sustrans leaflet for the ride.
Roundhay Park to Temple Newsam cycle route: map
The map shows the route from Roundhay Park to Temple Newsam in
Roundhay Park to Temple Newsam cycle route: route notes
Carriage Drive, Roundhay Park
Starting your ride at Tropical World (on the north western edge of
Roundhay Park), you head along Mansion Lane to the Mansion. From
there, some of the paths are walking only, so make sure to follow
the route where cycling is allowed (the Carriage Drive) to Waterloo
Lake and the Lakeside Café.
After the café, you continue along the lake shore and reach
Wetherby Road. There is a Wetherby Road car park, and this is
probably the best option if you're driving to the start of your
Signs at Wetherby Road car park, Roundhay Park
At the exit from the Wetherby Road car park, there's a signpost,
with signs indicating Roundhay Park one way, and Temple Newsam the
other. Both times I did this ride, the signs were pointing in the
wrong directions. I suppose it's a tempting prank for youngsters to
play (or it could be a gang of Senior Citizens, for all I know).
I think the signs have been made with the arrows at the wrong ends.
When they are pointing in the correct directions, they face the
grass, which is not where anyone would be.
There's a shared use pavement for the short distance along Wetherby
Road, and it seems that you swap to the other side part way along,
although it's not very clear. On the other side of the road is the
start of the Wykebeck Way proper.
Roundhay Park to Killingbeck
Start of Wyke Beck Way
Where the Wyke Beck Way sets off from Wetherby Road, there's an
information hoard, a portrait bench, and an A-frame gate to
negotiate. All the A-frame gates on this route are set very tight,
so you have to shuffle your shoulders and handle bars through with
The route descends to the Wyke Beck stream and goes through Wyke
Beck Woods. This is a nature reserve, and an information board says
that herons fish here.
When you emerge from the nature reserve at Asket Hill, you have to
cross the busy Easterly Road, but there is a cyclist &
Crossing of Easterly Road
On the other side of Easterly Road, a split walking-cycling path
goes through a bit of park called Arthur's Rein.
Split path through Arthur's Rein
It leads to Fearnville Fields.
At Fearnville Fields, there's a little metal bridge over Wyke Beck,
and you turn left immediately after crossing it. There is a small
blue sticker on one of the rails of the bridge telling you to go
left, but it's easy to miss.
Bridge over Wyke Beck in Fearnville Fields
Next, you cross a road, South Parkway Approach. On the far side of
the road, turn right on the shared use path. White paint indicates
Temple Newsam (TM) in one direction and Roundhay Park (RP) in the
Path by South Parkway Approach
Cross Foundry Lane, and you arrive at Killingbeck Fields.
There's a point in Killingbeck Fields where you fork right. You can
still just about make out the white painted 'TN' and 'RP', but most
of the paint has worn away. Some tower blocks are visible in
Tower blocks seen from Killingbeck Fields
Shortly afterwards, there's a 'no cyclists' sign straight ahead,
and a little left turn (marked 'TN' on the path).
Follow the path round to the left, and you come to a duck pond.
You then emerge onto Killingbeck Drive, and turn right towards the
very busy A64. There's an Asda petrol station on your left. There is
a cycle lane, to go straight on over the A64, albeit with lots of
debris in it.
Crossing the A64 to Sutton Approach
If you're with children, you might prefer to use the pedestrian
crossing to get across the A64.
Killingbeck to Temple Newsam
On the other side of the A64, Sutton Approach takes you uphill, to
a foot and cycle bridge over the railway line, and into Primrose
Next the route makes its way through Primrose Valley Park.
Path in Primrose Valley Park
There are good views of Leeds to your right. In a couple of places,
according to the white paint on the path, cyclists must give way to
These markings were in the approximate vicinity of a bench, so the
best explanation I can come up with is that this is some sort of
pedestrian crossing of the cycle path. I'm pretty sure it doesn't
correspond to any interaction that might happen in the real world
though. What is it about the engineers who design cycle
infrastructure? They seem to lose their minds when they get behind
their sketch pads.
There's a junction in Primrose Valley Park, which does have a
signpost, but not with any useful places marked on it. Anyway, you
have to go straight on, rather than left.
At the exit from Primrose Valley Park, there was a lot of rubbish,
and smashed glass on the path. A crossing takes you over the A63
On the other side of Selby Road, follow Carden Avenue into the
Halton Moor housing estate. There are discreet blue signs on lamp
posts indicating the route, which are fairly good as long as you pay
close attention. This doesn't seem to be the nicest area.
Halton Moor housing estate
Ullswater Crescent, Coronation Parade, and Cartmell Drive bring you
to the edge of the estate. When I did the ride in August 2018, I
came to fencing around a construction site.
You can still continue, though, by going round the left edge of the
fencing. It's now a grass, mud, and gravel path, and it takes you
across Temple Newsam Park Golf Course. Mind your head.
I enjoyed this bit of the ride, though I have my doubts about the
wisdom of starting a route on a good, hard surface, then surprising
people with a mountain bike track.
The path joins Temple Newsam Road, which takes you to Temple Newsam house and park.
There doesn't seem to be any cycle parking at Temple Newsam, but
there are plenty of railings.
There's an information board with a visitor map. It shows the café
and WC in the Stable Courtyard.
There were lots of house martins perched on the roof and ledges of
the house, enjoying the sunshine, when I visited.
All photos © Hedgehog Cycling
Roundhay Park to Temple Newsam cycle route: comments and
1) Sort out the signage at Roundhay Park Wetherby Road car park
2) Re-paint the TN and RP on the path in Killingbeck Fields
3) Make sure good provision is put in place when work at the
construction site at the edge of the Halton Moor estate has finished
4) Cycle parking at Temple Newsam
More generally, if you live in Leeds, this is quite a good way to
get to Temple Newsam, and parts of it are nice just as a bike ride.
It's probably not a route that many people will travel from outside
Leeds for, as there are more enjoyable ones in the