Enjoying the winter sun at Middleton Park

On Sunday we headed to Middleton Park in Leeds to enjoy the winter sunshine that was desperately trying to break through the cloud. I do love a winter walk to blow the cobwebs away. It was really quite mild and we didn't need hats or gloves and the sun did manage to appear.

Just 4 miles south of Leeds City Centre Middleton Park is 630 acres, 200 acres of which are made up of ancient woodland. As well as the amazing woodland the park has a small lake with ducks to feed, a play area and lots of space to run around. There is also a cafe and visitor centre. Middleton Park is also home to Middleton Railway which is the worlds oldest working railway, pretty cool! The park is only 20 minutes from out house but for some reason we have never visited until this weekend.

With wellies on, we set off into the woodland first to explore. It is pretty interesting to walk around as the woods feature many bowl shaped pits which are the remains of an early form of coal mining. I had never heard of this before so it was quite cool to see and learn something new. There are benches dotted along the paths so we had a quick pitstop for an apple. It would be a gorgeous place to sit and eat lunch. There were other families around but it felt really peaceful and calm.
While walking we spotted a family building a den in the woods. The boys were so interested in what they were doing so I think we will be attempting one in the woodland behind our house soon.












We are definitely planning on heading back to Middleton Park in a few weeks when the railway is open again.  There is more to explore in the park and the boys want to go on a train ride.

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