Woodland path from King Lane to Black Hill Lane
Woodland path from King Lane to Black Hill Lane

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Route No. 309 - Wednesday 2 September 2009
Golden Acre Park, Five Lane Ends,
Eccup Reservoir circuit - 12km
Leeds . . .

Ordnance Survey route map on the Landranger series map base.
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Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer 297 Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley at 1:25000


Setting out around the lake in Golden Acre Park
Setting out around the lake in Golden Acre Park

Track between Golden Acre park and Adel Dam nature reserve
Track between Golden Acre Park and Adel Dam nature reserve

In the 1930's Golden Acre Park was a theme park with fairground rides, boats on the lake, miniature railway, cafes etc. We followed the gravel path through the park around the southern side of the lake, past the duck feeding area, to join a public bridleway at map ref. SE270414.

This morning we made an early start and drove to Golden Acre Park on the Leeds to Otley road (A660) and parked in the car park at amp ref. SE266417 before 9.30am. The weather forecast for today was OK for this morning but lots of rain coming in from the south west around 3.00pm. We left the car park through the pedestrian underpass beneath the A660 and into the park.

Muddy margin of the lake in Golden Acre Park
Muddy margin of the lake in Golden Acre Park

Track heading for Arthington Road
Track heading for Arthington Road

Woodland path from King Lane to Black Hill Lane
Woodland path from King Lane to Black Hill Lane

Lane through the hamlet of eccup
Lane through the hamlet of Eccup

Looking across the field to Bank House Farm
Looking across the field to Bank House Farm

We followed the path through the woodland for about 1km to Black Hill Lane at map ref. SE281422. At the road we turned right and walked along the road for about 300m to the junction with Eccup Lane. We turned left to walk along Eccup Lane, again quite a busy road, for about 400m to a junction at map ref. SE286425. Here we turned right to walk through the hamlet of Eccup to Bank House Farm.

We turned left to follow the bridleway, quite a wide track, to a Arthington Road at map ref. SE276416. The traffic here is very busy and we crossed the road to walk along King Lane, also busy, for about 200m to map ref. SE278415. Here we turned left off the road to climb over a stile into some woodland.

Shower clouds over Eccup - can it stay dry?
Shower clouds over Eccup - can it stay dry?

House renovation in Eccup
House renovation in Eccup

Cattle at Bank House farm
Cattle at Bank House Farm

Setting out along the access road to the water treatment works
Setting out along the access road to the water treatment works

Water works paraphernalia near the dam
Water works paraphernalia near the dam

At the end of the access road we followed the path down the side of Owlet Hall to the dam at the end of the reservoir.

We continued past Bank House Farm along the access road to Eccup Water Treatment Works. From the access road there was only an occasional glimpse of the reservoir through the trees down to our right.

Riders heading towards Eccup
Riders heading towards Eccup

Looking across Eccup reservoir from the Dam
Looking across Eccup reservoir from the dam

Looking along Eccup reservoir from a little beach near the dam
Looking along Eccup reservoir from a little beach near the dam
Beech woods next to Eccup reservoir
Beech woods next to Eccup reservoir

Woodland next to Alwoodley Golf Course
Woodland next to Alwoodley Golf Course

Chicken of the woods fungus on the roots of a beech tree
Chicken of the woods fungus on the roots of a beech tree

There is only an occasional view of it through the odd gap in the fence and the trees. There is a very attractive beech wood next to the reservoir and we sat on a bank next to a large beech tree for our break but even on this ban we could not see over the tree screen to the reservoir.

We followed the path across the dam and continued around the edge of the reservoir. There is a good view of the reservoir from the dam, but the edge of the reservoir is fenced with a tall chainlink fence and screened with a belt of trees and shrubs.

Path around the reservoir screened by trees and shrubs
Path around the reservoir screened by trees and shrubs

Chicken of the woods fungus on the roots of a beech tree
Chicken of the woods fungus on the roots of a beech tree

A rare view of Eccup reservoir through a break in the fence
A rare view of Eccup reservoir through a break in the fence
Old Eccup reservoir lodge
Old Eccup reservoir lodge
Stile where the path round the reservoir joins the Dales Way route
The path round the reservoir joins the Dales Way route
On the Dales Way route heading for Eccup Moor Road
On the Dales Way route heading for Eccup Moor Road

On the Dales Way route heading for Eccup Moor Road
Dales Way route heading for Eccup Moor Road

Headingly Golf course by Eccup Moor road
Headingly Golf Course by Eccup Moor Road

Heading for Five Lane Ends along Eccup Moor Road
Heading for Five Lane Ends along Eccup Moor Road

After just over 1km we reached Five Lane Ends at map ref. SE279415. From Five Lane Ends we walked along King Lane back to Arthington Road. We crossed Arthington Road and followed the track back to a pedestrian gate into Golden Acre Park at map ref. SE272415.

After our break we continued on the path around the edge of the reservoir until we reached Eccup Moor Road at map ref. SE287420. At the road we turned left to walk along Eccup Moor Road.

Ruined buildings on eccup Moor Road
Ruined buildings on eccup Moor Road

Heading for Five Lane Ends along Eccup Moor Road
Heading for Five Lane Ends along Eccup Moor Road

Flowers in the roadside verge
Flowers in the roadside verge

Heading for the cafe in Golden Acre Park
Heading for the cafe in Golden Acre Park

Flower bed in Golden Acre Park
Flower bed in Golden Acre Park

The weather was still fine enough to sit out side despite the black shower clouds racing across the sky. We made our way through the park back to the car park and had almost reached home before the rain caught up with us.

We turned right off the track to enter the park and walked around the northern side of the lake to the cafe (& toilets) in the park at map ref. SE267418. We stopped at the cafe for a coffee and a bacon roll.

View from the cafe terrace in Golden Acre Park
View from the cafe terrace in Golden Acre Park

A last look at the ducks as we left the park
A last look at the ducks as we left the park

Returning through Golden Acre park towards the cafe
Returning through Golden Acre park towards the cafe