Middleton Park walk with a transport theme

The Friends of Middleton Park have organised another history walk around the park, this time looking at transport issues, this Sunday (19 June 2022).

In last month’s walk we looked at how coal mining developed around Middleton in the 17th to 19th Centuries, this month’s walk, led by Kris Ward, will explore how Middleton’s transport links then turned the area from small mining and agricultural villages into the suburb of Leeds we know today in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Remnants of early coal wagonways, the electric tramway through the park, the Middleton Railway and a goods railway that connected south Leeds industry to the main line network, all feature in Sunday’s walk together with links to early aviation and World War 2 air battles.

For anyone arriving by train on the Middleton Railway the visitor centre is about 15 min walk (along a former wagonway) from Park Halt and they will be able to leave the walk there for a train back. Warm weather is expected,
though we will be largely under tree cover, it would be advised to bring drinks.

Sunday 19th June 1:30pm
Meet at Middleton Park Visitor Centre
Please wear walking shoes or boots. Some of the walk is on woodland paths. The walk will last between 90 mins and 2 hours.

More information about the history of the park is available at www.fomp.co.uk/history

 

This post was written by Jim Jackson

Photo: A tram approaches Bulkcliffe Lane at the top of Middleton Woods ©Travel Lens Photographic

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