About St Aidan's
The visitor facilities at St Aidan's, including the car park and visitor centre, are temporarily closed due to a number of issues around land ownership. Leeds City Council and Harworth Estates (the property arm of UK Coal) are now working to sort out the outstanding issues. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. As soon as we have further information, we will let you know.
St Aidan's is a perfect place to get close to nature and relax, unwind or exercise in a stress-free environment. Just outside Leeds on the banks of the River Aire, it's a big new space to walk, run, cycle, or ride your horse and enjoy the wildlife that surrounds you.
It has a wide range of wild plants and animals, and is home to thousands of birds, brown hares, roe deer, wild flowers and insects - all living in a stunning landscape of vast reedbeds, grassland, woodland, lakes, ponds and islands.
With a variety of circular paths of varying lengths and large areas of open grassland, St Aidan’s is a great place for families to enjoy the outdoors, share a picnic and play together.
Over 7.5 miles (12 km) of footpaths, bridleways and cycle routes connect the surrounding communities, with links to national footpath and cycle networks. St Aidan's is a fantastic place for locals wishing to explore the wider countryside or as a destination for people who love nature.
St Aidan's is an open access site. Opening times apply to the visitor centre and car park. From March-October we're open from 9.30 am to 5 pm. From September-February it's 9.30 am to 4 pm. We're closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Entry to the site is free but donations to help us continue our work are welcome. There is a car park charge of £2.50 per car for RSPB non-members. RSPB members and disabled badge holders park for free.
Information for dog owners
Dogs are allowed on the reserve as long as they are kept on a lead in the appropriate designated zones. There are some less sensitive areas within St Aidan's where dogs are allowed off the lead. Please check with staff before letting dogs off the lead.