Woodhouse Ridge - What is it?

Ahhh… it’s a bit complicated, that’s what it is…

On the eastern flank of Headingley Hill in the City of Leeds, ( West Yorkshire, England) with glimpsed views over the Meanwood Valley.....

Where lean back-to-back terraces and plump Victorian villas abut  an encapsulated urban woodland ..... A steep linear woodland park with grassy  glades and open meadows….             

a palimpsest of a long-faded Edwardian pleasure garden....a civil war battlefield..... a little piece of the old wilde woode

A link in the Meanwood Valley Trail leading to open country at Adel  ....... The first leg on the Dales Way long distance footpath to Bowness on Windermere in the Lake District  ........

A wonderful playground for walkers, joggers, strollers,  lovers, cyclists, and horseriders  - kids too, ....a tobogganing slope ....... and a wildlife haven... and access to a natural environment for many inner city communities.

Where it is

About 1.5 miles north of the city centre, on the hillside west of the Meanwood Road, extending between Woodhouse Street and Grove Lane. Click here for an interactive aerial photo / location map* of the Ridge Woodland  - and wonder at its very survival as a green space . (Clue: its pretty steep....)

What WRAG is about

But ... for us, its also a great place to help, to put something back,  to support, to get involved with and  meet like-minded people.......

That’s what WRAG* is for, we’re an action group, Woodhouse Ridge Action Group, established in 1995 to turn around the decline of an un-managed, under-resourced and apparently unloved woodland, and still at it.…

Action Days

We carry out practical conservation and path maintenance activities; have done since 1995….

It’s healthy exercise in the great outdoor green gym. We break for tea/coffee twice, (naturally!) have a picnic barbie lunch (with veggie options) and enjoy a bit of chat while we’re about it. Why not join us, go on give it a go… It wouldn’t happen if we stopped doing it….. Click here for our Volunteer Policy

Corporate Groups

We also welcome support from corporate groups for away days and in the past have welcomed Yorkshire Bank, Yorkshire Building Society, Willis Towers Watson, Tesco, Camelot

Woodhouse Ridge

is managed by Leeds City Council’s Parks and Countryside Service, with which WRAG has a Community Partnership Agreement since 2012.

If you have any queries about The Ridge’s management, contact Justin Williamson (woodland) tel 0113 378 6002 or Lee Dacre (for everything else) - tel 0113 378 9976  

In case of anti-social activity or flytipping contact ParksWatch on 0113 232 9973 or the Police

Our Action Days

2020 Action Days

Generally the last Sunday of the month, from 10am - 2pm

26 Jan - 23 Feb - 29 March - 26 April -

31 May - 28 June - 27 July -

(no August session) - 27 September -

25 October - 29 November -

(no Dec session)

Committee meetings


We meet at the Chemic Tavern, off Woodhouse Street, LS6 2NG on the Wednesday 11 days before each Action Day at 7.30pm. Usually last an hour or so. We discuss past and forthcoming action day tasks, future projects, heritage research findings, fundraising, liaison with LCC Parks and Countryside. All welcome, we’re an “open access” committee! Let WragSec know if you’re coming……

*wrag = woodhouse ridge action group

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