A work-out, and well needed break from the world

Although only a distance of 0.08km, these steps can provide a real sweat! This 161 step challenge pushes you to feel the burn.

Usually a place where run groups visited on a Saturday, but during the week - a peaceful escape from the world.

Location

The steps rise up to the back of Armley park. Bordering with Gotts park, Armley park is two miles west of Leeds city centre and is approximately 14 hectares in area. It is the perfect location for people of all age ranges to enjoy a relaxing day out. The park gives local residents and visitors amazing views over Kirkstall Valley.

The bottom of Armley Steps leads down to the Leeds Liverpool canal, and a gentle walk through a densely wooded area. Quiet woodland walks in the inner city.

Why Armley Steps?

There are a number of health benefits to training on stairs as opposed to walking or running.

  • Especially good for toning your bum, thighs and core.
  • An intense session will give more aerobic benefits. 30 minutes of stair running will burn around 500 calories.
  • Burns twice the amount of fat than a normal run, and three times that walking.
  • It is low impact and safe for the knees.
  • Helps improve bone strength.

Due to the nature of the exercise, you do not need to travel far. If you need to call it a day, you are still at the stairs, where you started!

For more details, the Run Leeds website has directions, as well as other running routes!

History of Gott's Park and Armley Steps

Armley park is a simple mix of green trees, open space and beautiful architectural gems. However, it has quite a bit of history!

The area was originally owned by a merchant, Thomas Woolrich, and the grounds were sold to him by Thomas White in the late C18. Benjamin Gott, who the park is named after, was a prosperous cloth manufacturer. He bought the land in 1803 and lived there until his death in 1840.

During Benjamin Gotts life, Humphry Repton was consulted in 1810 and produced a Red Book, 'Armley House near Leeds in Yorkshire'. Some of the proposals made in this book were carried out. The land stayed in private ownership until 1928 when it was acquired by Leeds City Council. It is now a golf course and public park, with the house now used as the Golf Clubhouse.

For a more detailed history, historicengland.org.uk is a great place to go.