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Roundhay Park to Temple Newsam cycle route

Wyke Beck Way

Wyke Beck Way

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 yellow.

Roundhay Park to Temple Newsam cycle route: route notes

Roundhay Park

Carriage Drive, Roundhay Park

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 ride.

Signs at Wetherby Road car park, Roundhay Park

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

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 some difficulty.

Portrait bench, Wyke Beck Way

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 & pedestrian crossing.

Asket Hill

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.

Walking-cycling path through Arthur's Rein

Split path through Arthur's Rein

It leads to Fearnville Fields.

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 in Fearnville Fields

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 other.

South Parkway Approach

Path by South Parkway Approach

Cross Foundry Lane, and you arrive at Killingbeck Fields.

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 Killingbeck.

Tower blocks seen from Killingbeck Fields

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).

Left turn, Killingbeck

Follow the path round to the left, and you come to a duck pond.

Duck pond, Killingbeck

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 A64 to Sutton Approach

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 Valley Park.

Entrance to Primrose Valley Park

Next the route makes its way through Primrose Valley Park.

Path in 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 special paving.

Strange cycle infrastructure in Primrose Valley Park

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 Selby Road.

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 estate

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.

Construction site at edge of Halton Moor estate

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.

Temple Newsam house, front

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.

Visitor map of Temple Newsam

There were lots of house martins perched on the roof and ledges of the house, enjoying the sunshine, when I visited.

House martins at Temple Newsam

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Roundhay Park to Temple Newsam cycle route: comments and suggestions

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 countryside.

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Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam house, back

Temple Newsam is a house and country park on the south eastern edge of Leeds.

The Knights Templar owned it from around 1155, and built Temple Newsam Preceptory. That explains why it is called Temple. Between 1500 and 1520, a Tudor country house was built here. Between 1736 and 1746, it was remodelled by Henry Ingram.

In the 1760s, famous landscape gardener Capability Brown landscaped the park.

In 1922, Temple Newsam was sold to Leeds council.

The park is free, and is used by local people for dog-walking, kite-flying, and a Park Run. You can pay to visit the house and home farm. There's also an adventure playground, visitor centre, WC and baby change facilities, football pitches, golf course, and bike trail.

Roundhay Park Start of Wyke Beck WayTemple Newsam

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