Water Haigh Woodland Park
Know before you go
Parking information2 car parks on site
This site offers a canal walk and links to the Trans-pennine trail.
Limited/no accessibility for wheelchairs users.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitJune to September
This site is a mosaic of woodland, meadow, grassland and wetland. The plantation woodlands are of varying age and include species such as oak, beech, ash and sycamore which support a variety of bird species such as Long-tailed, Great and Blue tits.
The former spoil heap is now a beautiful wildflower meadow. It is well worth a walk over this meadow to see the view and enjoy the wildflowers. Often common Buzzards, Red kites, Cormorants and Grey Herons can be seen flying over.
Roe Deer and harvest mice have been sighted in this area so be on the look-out!
Water Haigh Woodland Park is managed in partnership with Leeds City Council.
Contact the Reserves Officer to get involved with managing the site with the Lower Aire Valley Volunteer group.
- Spring: Birds - Skylark; Song thrush
- Summer: Mammals - Otter
- Autumn: Birds - Marsh Harrier; Mammals - Roe Deer
- Winter: Birds - Buzzard; Tawny owl
Water Haigh Woodland Park used to be occupied by Water Haigh Colliery which closed in 1970.
In the late 1970s work began to transform the former spoil heap into a green oasis.
A train service runs between Leeds and Woodlesford, a short walk away from the site.
Take Junction 44 off the M1 onto the A639/Leeds Road south. Follow the A639 past the petrol station and onto the roundabout. Take the first exit onto A642/Calverley Road, then a right turn onto Fleet Lane. Park at the end of the road or on Eshald Lane.