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St Aidan's RSPB reserve, Leeds

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
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  • I live nearby and this place is great for bike riding and walking. Lots of people bring their animals here to walk them. There are several different paths you can take around the area and can walk fro...  read more »
  • I think the management of this reserve went badly off the rails when it first opened. Exactly how you can provide a habitat for ground-nesting birds etc while dozens of dogs are let off the leash to c...  read more »
  • Horrible place to walk, dog poo central, very unclean not suitable for kids as would get very dirty. 
  • Is this an RSPB reserve or not, I suspect not! This is a large expanse of wetland with a wide variety of fauna and flora and first impression is it would make a great reserve. I had a couple of hours to spare but wasted time trying to find the place, then just followed paths only to find locked hides. There are no dedicated car parks or signage to and on the site. I suspect there was more to see as I did not cover the full site due to not knowing the route through the waterways. It's about 20 minutes by car from Leeds centre With the lack of a post code I put 'Fleet lane, Leeds' in the satnav. Once on fleet lane I drove to its end next to a disused oil storage depot. At this point there is hard standing which you could loosely call a car park, no charges and not a secure area. I followed the canal right and crossed a bridge at a weir to get me onto more paths to follow. In the distance I could see the NCB walking dragline. It's fenced off but it is impressive even from the fence. Despite the lack of facilities I will return to explore more.
  • Great place to stroll around with your dog, ride your bike or go for a job, or just look out for those birds
  • It has the potential to be a natures greatest asset in Leeds but waiting for RSPB to unlock its potential when it finally gets it back, Hurry up!
  • Lovely walk for the dog
  • A great spot for walking, birdwatching or just taking in nature. It feels like being way out in the countryside. A walk around the lake can be extended via connections to the Leeds Country way and Transpennine Trail.
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