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St Aidan's RSPB reserve, Leeds

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  • St Aiden's is an RSPB reserve inhabited by countless geese, ducks, wildfowl and cows, if you go at the right time of year. Frequently flooded, always stunning, this oasis of calm near the suburban are...  more »
  • Really lovely place but massive too! If you want a small walk don't try and walk all the way around the lake. It's also very open to can be quite windy and cold. But the scenery is lovely and would de...  more »
  • I live locally and visit quite frequently. The reserve has a number of paths, bridleways and cycle routes. These vary in length, some going round the lakes and others leading to Methley, Woodlesford, ...  more »
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  • The grounds are open but the RSPB hut and car park are no longer open (as of Summer 2016). No facilities are at the site. Lots of birds to see together with paths for horse riding, walking or cycling. People either park on the road outside the entrance on Astley Lane or in the car park between the River Aire and the Aire and Calder Navigation at the bottom of Fleet Lane. This site is used as a floodplain for the River Aire so parts of the site may be under water in winter.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • A haven for Bird Watching