Adventures around Leedswith PlusBus

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The varied countryside around Leeds is full of fabulous destinations you can reach with a PlusBus ticket. There are bluebells and red kites around Harewood House and - further north still - the heathery expanses of Ilkley Moor. Head south for rhubarb and canal-side walks or find your own adventure in the huge area covered by the PlusBus ticket. Just ask for PlusBus when you buy a train ticket and the whole of West Yorkshire is your oyster. Here are just three of the many adventures you could have.

  • County: with PlusBus
  • Great for: architecture | arts | bird watching | family | food and drink | moorland |
  • Refreshments: lots of fabulous restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • Please note: researched/updated March 2023. If anything’s changed or you have tips to share, do get in touch: features@goodjourney.org.uk
  1. 3. Explore the Rhubarb Triangle

    The area between Leeds, Wakefield and Dewsbury is famous for growing rhubarb. One edge of the Rhubarb Triangle, close to Leeds, includes the town of Rothwell, handy for walks along the Aire and Calder navigation. Some farms here still grow rhubarb including Green End farm in Carlton with its friendly farm shop.

    • In an old brick farmhouse in this fruitful corner of West Yorkshire, an enterprising Victorian farmer tried growing winter rhubarb in warm, dark lofts above the cowsheds. You can still buy bright pink forced stems from January to March at the Rhubarb Triangle farm shop, along with all-year cakes, gin and even loaves of rhubarb-flavoured bread.
    • How to get to Rothwell and Carlton: Bus 444 and bus 446 run regularly between Leeds and Wakefield, stopping at Holy Trinity church in Rothwell. Bus 444 (hourly on Sundays) also stops outside the farm shop.
    • As the bus swings off the main road towards the town of Rothwell, the field on the right is a springtime carpet of bright green and crimson. You can see outdoor rhubarb growing in some of the fields near Rothwell from February, along with summer strawberries in polytunnels and autumn blackberries in the hedges nearby.