Four Things You Can Do in Leeds During Social Distancing

By Mary Jones

Living in Leeds during this pandemic, away from family and many friends, can be hard and, at times, lonely. One of the most amazing things about being in Leeds is that the city has so much to offer. There are so many things you can do in the city whilst under lockdown.

1. Hyde Park, Woodhouse Moor

Everyone in Leeds knows that as soon as the temperature rises, a mass migration of students head to Woodhouse Moor to sunbathe, drink, play sports and read. If you are the only person in your house, take a book to read whilst soaking up the atmosphere. If you are living with others, it’s a great opportunity to play some sport.

2. Kirkstall Abby

A short walk from the student hub of Hyde Park is Kirkstall Abby, a ruined 1152 monastery. The picturesque ruins are surrounded by large open spaces and a river. It’s a great place to explore whilst you have the time. I would recommend walking up the canal to Kirkstall and having a picnic in the grounds of the Abby.

3. Roundhay Park

Famed for being where the first motion picture was filmed, the 700-acre park has beautiful walks along the lake and woods. The park has hosted numerous concerts in the past (namely Ed Sheeran and Lewis Capaldi) and holds a rich history. To get to Roundhay park is relatively easy; you can get a bus from the city centre, walk, or drive the 20 minutes there.

4. Canal

The Leeds and Liverpool canal is the longest canal in Britain built as a single waterway, and runs through the heart of Leeds. It is a favourite for many walkers, runners and cyclists because of the long and flat towpath which takes you through some of the most beautiful views the city of Leeds has to offer. You can make a day of it, walking or cycling as far as you want. Take a packed lunch, water, and a camera to capture the beauty of the canal.

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