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The Lines Way

The Lines Way, developed along a disused railway line stretches for four miles, providing access to several wildlife sites.


The Leeds, Castleford and Pontefract Junction Railway, which the Lines Way is part of, was opened in 1878 and the Bowers Junction to Garforth section closed in 1969.

Happily, today it still provides a valuable route, albeit for walkers, cyclists and horse riders travelling under their own steam.

The Lines has been developed into a recreational route, which links the settlements of Garforth and Allerton Bywater.

Along it's route there is the opportunity to access Letchmire Pastures, Hollinghurst Wood, Owl Wood and Pit Plantation and Townclose Hills.

The Lines Way 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 The Lines Way before your visit? Have a look below.

The Lines Way photos in our Flickr group



Species and habitats

Meadow, Ponds, Woodland
Reed Bunting, Great Crested Newt, Common Toad, Linnet, Cuckoo

Nearby nature reserves

Owl Wood and Pit Plantation
0 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Letchmire Pastures Nature Reserve
0 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Hollinhurst Wood
1 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

The Lines Way
West Yorkshire
WF10 2DJ
Map reference
SE 406 294
Great for...
a family day out
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Tel: 01904 659570