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|Leeds Station Circular between river and canal|
|Author: WalkInYorkshire, Published: 23 May 2012||Walk Rating:|
|West Yorkshire, Leeds|
|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).
|Start to North Concourse exit|
Start point: 53.7949 lat, -1.5475 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.
|North Concourse exit to Aire Street|
Start point: 53.7956 lat, -1.5483 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.
|Aire Street to River Aire|
Start point: 53.7956 lat, -1.5501 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.
|River Aire to Whitehall Bridge|
Start point: 53.7952 lat, -1.5504 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.
|Whitehall Bridge to Leeds & Liverpool canal|
Start point: 53.7936 lat, -1.5558 long
This striking tied-arch steel bridge opened in 2007 and connects the new Whitehall Riverside development to the Hollbeck area.
|Leeds & Liverpool canal to Granary Wharf|
Start point: 53.7932 lat, -1.5551 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.
|Granary Wharf to the Dark Arches|
Start point: 53.7931 lat, -1.5511 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.
|Dark Arches to Neville Street tunnel|
Start point: 53.7939 lat, -1.5491 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.
|Neville Street tunnel to South Concourse entrance|
Start point: 53.7942 lat, -1.5468 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.
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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 15 Mar 2014|
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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