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Leeds Station Circular between river and canal

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Leeds Station Circular between river and canal
Author: WalkInYorkshire, Published: 23 May 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Leeds Station Circular between river and canal star1 Leeds Station Circular between river and canal star1 Leeds Station Circular between river and canal star1 Leeds Station Circular between river and canal star1 Leeds Station Circular between river and canal
West Yorkshire, Leeds
Walk Type: Town or city
Leeds Station Circular between river and canal
Length: 1 miles,  Difficulty: boot Leeds Station Circular between river and canal
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This walk is ideal if you are in transit at the Leeds railway station and you need a bit of fresh air. It will take you between river and canal on a surprising journey. You will finish in the "Dark Arches" before returning to the train station.

This walk starts inside the Leeds Central Railway Station South Concourse. The station is one of the busiest in the UK and connects with almost all the major cities. So if you need a bit of fresh air while in transit or while waiting for your train it's ideal for you! There are refreshments available at the station and paid for toilets on the South Concourse (free on platform 8 but you would need a ticket to go through the gates).

Photo: Approaching Granary Wharf on the Leeds & Liverpool canal / Author: Cedric Farineau

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Walk Sections

Start to North Concourse exit
Start to North Concourse exit

Start point: 53.7949 lat, -1.5475 long
End point: 53.7956 lat, -1.5483 long

You start inside the station and will need to go towards the North Concourse exit, car park side. You will pass the ticket office, Sainsbury's local and various shops on your way. The car park exit is on your left near a pub.

Photo: City Station, in 2004 / Author: Gregory Deryckère

North Concourse exit to Aire Street
North Concourse exit to Aire Street

Start point: 53.7956 lat, -1.5483 long
End point: 53.7956 lat, -1.5501 long

You are now outside the station and need to go towards Aire Street. Keep to the left hand side of the street up to a bus stop.

Photo: Aire Street / Author: Cedric Farineau

Aire Street to River Aire
Aire Street to River Aire

Start point: 53.7956 lat, -1.5501 long
End point: 53.7952 lat, -1.5504 long

Behind that bus stop and between the buildings you should see a pathway leading towards the riverside. At the end of the pathway there is a staircase leading to the Riverside Walkway.

Photo: Riverside Walkway / Author: Cedric Farineau

River Aire to Whitehall Bridge
River Aire to Whitehall Bridge

Start point: 53.7952 lat, -1.5504 long
End point: 53.7936 lat, -1.5558 long

You are now walking on Riverside Walkway, part of the Whitehall Riverside development harbouring modern offices and accommodation along the river Aire. The river banks host a variety of wildlife. Walk all the way to Whitehall Bridge, a modern pedestrian bridge spanning across the river.

Photo: River Aire near Leeds Railway station / Author: Cedric Farineau

Whitehall Bridge to Leeds & Liverpool canal
Whitehall Bridge to Leeds & Liverpool canal

Start point: 53.7936 lat, -1.5558 long
End point: 53.7932 lat, -1.5551 long

This striking tied-arch steel bridge opened in 2007 and connects the new Whitehall Riverside development to the Hollbeck area.

Photo: Whitehall Bridge / Author: Cedric Farineau

Leeds & Liverpool canal to Granary Wharf
Leeds & Liverpool canal to Granary Wharf

Start point: 53.7932 lat, -1.5551 long
End point: 53.7931 lat, -1.5511 long

You are now walking on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, the longest canal in the UK (127miles). Walk all the way to the "Office Lock", the second lock on the canal and opening on the Granary Wharf.

Photo: Leeds & Liverpool canal approaching Granary Wharf / Author: Cedric Farineau

Granary Wharf to the Dark Arches
Granary Wharf to the Dark Arches

Start point: 53.7931 lat, -1.5511 long
End point: 53.7939 lat, -1.5491 long

At the height of the industrial revolution this area was the heart of Leeds trading industry with ships and barges loading and unloading their goods here. It's now being redeveloped to accommodate leisure complexes and apartments. To go to the Dark Arches make your way around the docks towards the railway line, behind the City Inn hotel then all the way to The Hop pub and in the corner of the square you will find the pedestrian entrance.

Photo: Granary Wharf redevelopment site / Author: Cedric Farineau

Dark Arches to Neville Street tunnel
Dark Arches to Neville Street tunnel

Start point: 53.7939 lat, -1.5491 long
End point: 53.7942 lat, -1.5468 long

The current Leeds station was completed in 1869 and was built on arches which span the River Aire, Neville Street and Swinegate. The building of the station led to the creation of the 'Dark Arches' over Neville Street. Over 18 million bricks were used during their construction, breaking records at the time.
Make your way through this creepy atmosphere towards Neville Street crossing the River Aire

Photo: the "Dark Arches" beneath Leeds Station / Author: Cedric Farineau

Neville Street tunnel to South Concourse entrance
Neville Street tunnel to South Concourse entrance

Start point: 53.7942 lat, -1.5468 long
End point: 53.7951 lat, -1.5466 long

Over 13000 pedestrians use this tunnel every day and in 2010 the ‘Light’ Neville Street project was completed to reduce the noise pollution from the traffic and trains overhead and make this gateway more inviting to pedestrians. It uses state of the art soundproofing technology and innovative LED lighting and although you can still hear some noise it's not as awful as it used to be.

To make your way back to the station, turn left on Neville Street once you leave the "Dark Arches" then after the tunnel you should see a Metro sign with Leeds Station on it on your left. This staircase will take you right in front of the station entrance. You should see a bicycle shop and the taxi rank on your right once you are out. Cross the street and enter the station in the South Concourse.

Photo: Neville Street tunnel / Author: Cedric Farineau

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1 responses to "Leeds Station Circular between river and canal"

Know this well as I work very close by. If you have more time you can turn left when you get onto the tow path and walk further away from the station.

By Staflea on 2014-03-15 17:44:34

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