Make it festive by walking: the Get Set Leeds team shares their favourite walking places


It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also a time when people tend to eat a lot and be less physically active. In 2016, new statistics revealed that a third of Brits will not exercise throughout December, while a further third will exercise less than an hour per week. However, the festive time should not put your activity on hold and Leeds can actually help you keep up with the good work.

There are many ways to stay physically active during the festive time, from a family stroll after a big Christmas meal to even a hike or a quick jog. The Get Set Leeds Team had its say about their top suggestions for a Boxing Day walk and wants to share them with its readers.

Sally chooses a walk in Bramley Falls Park:

‘My favourite walk in Leeds was always through Bramley Falls park and along the canal, or to extend it further, you can walk along the river towards Rodley by dropping down from the Newlaithes area in Horsforth. You can potentially take in three lovely pubs on a long walk, The Bridge in Kirkstall, the Abbey Inn at the bottom of Pollard Lane in Bramley, and the Railway Inn at Rodley.’

Neil would go for a jog around Harewood House Estate:

‘This is my favourite place to jog as it’s within easy reach of my house, in fact I can jog all the way there off road utilising the Leeds Country Way. Boxing Day is a great day to get out and run or walk off some of the excess of the previous day. The trails are stunning with plenty of ups and downs offers something for everyone – You’ll certainly see the magnificent Stags and the Red Kites soaring overhead. The circular route is around 5 miles and can be started and finished at the pub (Harewood Arms) so that’s an added bonus for refuelling.’

Anca comes with a place from Transylvania, Romania called Poiana Brasov:

‘It’s my favourite place to go hiking, skiing and ice-skating. You start from the medieval city Brasov in Romania and go all the way up through the forest and inclined lanes to get to flowery meadows in the summer or snowy places in the winter. It’s a cosy and beautiful place to explore and at the end of your walk you get to many traditional Romanian restaurants where you can have some delicious food and then continue your walk.’

John remembers Boxing Day walks on Runswick Bay and says “just explore your surroundings”:

‘I was lucky enough to spend many Christmases with my in-laws when they lived on the moors above Whitby. On Boxing Day we’d take a picnic to Runswick Bay and then enjoy a beautiful and bracing walk on a deserted wintry beach. So if you find yourself visiting friends or relatives, in Leeds or further afield, make sure you get out and explore!’

We all love a good Yorkshire pudding and some pigs in a blanket, but Leeds also comes with great opportunities to stay physically active and take good care of your health. Visit the Get Active section on Get Set Leeds to learn more about how you can stay physically active in Leeds during festive time!


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