A little caveat here – access to the Edge is only free if you are staying at the University as a residential conference delegate or have booked our on campus accommodation.
However, they do have taster sessions such as this introduction to climbing, so it is well worth getting in touch with them if you want to reach new heights!
You can get a £10 day pass, which gives access to the swimming pool, sauna, steam room, fitness suite and exercise classes. They are also running a fantastic summer offer of 10 days of entry for just £20. This is just the ticket if you are in Leeds for an extended period, or live here and want a taster of the gym without over-committing.
For tennis nuts there are 6 hard courts at Woodhouse Moor, which are free to access throughout the year, so you can just turn up with your racket and balls for a set or two!
Leeds is very bicycle friendly. There are a number of bike paths around the city and plenty of parks to glide around.
Being a ‘Bike Friendly Business’, the University has lots of cycle parking points, and the wider city has a commitment to being a cycle-friendly city.
If you are into circuit cycling, you have to visit the University of Leeds cycle track at Bodington Playing Fields. One of the longest tracks in the country, it provides a safe and traffic free environment for cyclists of all abilities. You can take your own bike or rent one there, and there are a number of free sessions as well as a pay and pedal scheme. Maybe you will follow in the illustrious footsteps of the Brownlee brothers!
Leeds Urban Bike Park at Middleton Park is perfect for both for mountain bike and BMX enthusiasts. It has a cross country mountain trail with 6 kilometres of track to explore. You will find something for you whatever level you are, from the mini pump track to get initiated with jumps, to a full sized version for those looking to catch big-air.
If you are coming to Leeds with a cycle, but looking for something a little more sedate, check out the Leeds & Liverpool Canal for a gentle ride without too many hilly exertions.