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Rothwell Country Park

Rothwell Country Park provides a much needed oasis for quiet recreation and enjoyment which is of value to wildlife and people alike.

The park lies in the south-eastern corner of the Leeds district, nestled between the northern flank of Rothwell town and the Aire and Calder Navigation Canal.

The park was once occupied by Rothwell Colliery, but following its closure in 1983, it became a post-industrial wasteland.

Fortunately in the mid 1990's a partnership was formed between local people, Leeds City Council and Groundwork Leeds which saw a transformation of the area. Over the next 5 years extensive landscaping of the site allowed the land to be carefully reprofiled and tracts of meadow, woodland and wetlands were created. Finally on the 24th of June 2000 Rothwell Country Park opened to the public, providing this corner of Leeds with much needed oasis.

Top Tip:

Look out for the dragonflies emerging from the ponds and thriving on the insect-rich grassland hunting areas.

The Park now boasts an extensive network of paths including a ‘sculpture trail’ and ‘pond trail’ and in 2010 the Friends of Rothwell Country Park were set up to help manage the park for both people and wildlife.

The park can be easily accessed from the Trans-Pennine Cycle Way as it is conveniently right next to the Aire and Calder Navigation Canal.

Rothwell Country Park is part of a corridor of green spaces in the Lower Aire Valley in Leeds which is owned by Leeds City Council and managed in partnership with the Trust.

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Want to see more of Rothwell Country Park before your visit? Have a look below.

Rothwell Country Park photos in our Flickr group


Species and habitats

Ponds, Woodland
Reed Bunting, Tree Sparrow, Willow Tit, Common Toad, Skylark

Nearby nature reserves

Rothwell Pastures Nature Reserve
1 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Water Haigh Woodland Park
1 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Hollinhurst Wood
3 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Bullough Lane Rothwell Colliery
West Yorkshire
LS26 0JY
Map reference
SE 349 297
Great for...
a family day out
getting away from it all
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54.30 hectares

Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01904 659570