11km north of Leeds city centre on the A660 Otley Road, adjoining Golden Acre Park. Bus: X84 from city centre towards Skipton. Phone Metro on 0113 245 7676 for details. Car: Parking at Golden Acre Park, Otley Road (A660)
Breary Marsh is next to Golden Acre Park which has a café, public toilets and a car park. Scooter hire for the mobility impaired is also available by ringing 0113 261 3064, giving at least 24 hours notice. There is a leaflet detailing a nature trail and the animals and plants to be found within the habitats. The Leeds Country Way runs through Breary Marsh.
What to see:
Best example of wet alder valley wood in West Yorkshire. Beneath the alder canopy, the ground flora is dominated by greater tussock sedge, stands of reed and pools filled with cushions of sphagnum moss. Where the ground level rises the woodland is drier and alder is replaced by oak and birch, beneath which carpets of bluebell, fern and creeping soft-grass can be found. Look out for kingfishers on Breary's streams and ponds and siskins in winter.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups:
For details about volunteering at Breary Marsh contact the Parks and Countryside Ranger service on 0113 237 5268
Contacts for further information and how to get involved:
Parks and Countryside, Leeds City Council: Tel. 0113 232 3069