Guided walk: history in Beeston Wood

The Friends of Middleton Park are hosting a free guided walk on Sunday (19 May 2021) looking at the history of Beeston Wood, the northern section of Middletron Park.

“Unfortunately you can’t get from Leeds to Middleton by tram through the woods any more” explained Jim Jackson, one of the organisers. “But we can take you along the old tram track to explore what’s hidden in these magnificent woods.

“We can take you to walk along the 800 year old boundary ditch, ordered to be put there by King John to settle a land dipute between feuding neighbours. As we walk round we will see some of the remains of what was an industrial hive of activity among the trees some 200+ years ago. And we will visit the closest thing there was to a refrigerator in the 1700s, only recently rediscovered.”

There is lots to see, and the woods at this time of year are a joy to walk in. Join the knowledgable guides for a pleasant two hour stroll through South Leeds’ hidden green jewel of a park.

The walk starts from the Visitor Centre by the lake, meeting at 1:30pm, no booking necessary. With the recent rain the ground can be a little difficult, muddy and slippy, so please wear walking shoes or boots.

This post is based on a press release issued by the Friends of Middleton Park


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