Roundhay Park-Honest MumOne of this family’s happy places has to be Roundhay Park in Leeds. Pure bliss.

We headed there last week and I took along my new camera (Fuji XM1) (as you can see I was pretty snap happy) and not to be outdone, Oliver brought his newly purchased toothbrush (which lights up for a whole minute to encourage brushing). Nice. Most kids take balls to the park, my kid takes a toothbrush!

Oliver-Honest Mum

Now some facts about this staggeringly beautiful park…Roundhay Park is actually one of the biggest city parks in Europe with over 700 acres (2.8 km2) of parkland, lakes, woodland and gardens owned by Leeds City Council making it free for all to enjoy and that we do!!

Oliver-Honest Mum

…It’s also one of the most popular attractions in Leeds, with nearly one million people visiting each year (with my Big Fat Greek family contributing at least half those numbers)!

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There are two lakes at the park but we tend to head to the larger one titled the Waterloo Lake taking it’s name from the soldiers who built it after they’d returned from the Battle of Waterloo unemployed and keen to work.

It took them two years to build, has an average depth of 60 feet (18 m) deep and covers 33 acres (0.13 km2).

Oliver-Honest Mum

…4 year old Oliver’s little legs now manage the 1 1/2 mile radius (despite the mud) as I push Alexander along in his pram just close enough to stop and feed the ducks, gasp at the elegant beauty of the swans and take in the captivating views.

Alexander-Honest Mum

We always feel ready to face the world again after a long walk round the lake…I wonder what Oliver will bring with him next time we go!

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Where’s your happy place?

Oliver’ fab wellies were gifted by Muddy Puddles, read the post about them and our day at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park here.

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24 Responses

  1. Katie @mummydaddyme

    Gorgeous photos, I love Roundhay Park, I miss Leeds so much and would move back in a second. Lived there for 5 years. X
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    • honestmum

      @Katie thanks so much, you’re originally from Leeds? Fab! I was born here, went to uni in London then returned after 11 years, 3 years ago…love it here and never thought I would x

  2. Franki | Little Luca & Me

    Haha how funny! I suppose you never know when your gonna need it. It may have been invaluable if you’d of got lost in the woods and needed lighting your way home! Practical I think x
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  3. Hurrah For Gin

    Ha! Taking a toothbrush to the park is exactly the kind of thing my son would do!
    Love Roundhay park, my mum is from Leeds so we used to go all the time when i was younger xx
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  4. Mama and More aka Zaz

    What an incredible park, wow! Hilarious that Oliver took his toothbrush (we just gave my little guy the same one!) – reminds me of “extreme ironing” where people do their ironing in random weird places; maybe he could start an insta-trend of brushing teeth in unusual locations : ) Absolutely stunning pictures, bet the photographer had as much to do with that as the new camera! xx
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    • honestmum

      @Mama and More aka Zaz aw hun, extreme ironing cracks me up big time-extreme toothbrushing would be hysterical! You are too kind on the pics-it’s a great camera! x

  5. sarah

    i love that last shot! brilliant!
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  6. Charly Dove

    Oh wow it looks amazing there – fabulous photographs. Always good to be outdoors, I find it does wonders even if it’s not for long. Love that Oliver took his toothbrush out with him although it sounds very special! Thanks for sharing with #whatsthestory
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    • honestmum

      @sarahhillwheeler hehe thank you! Love the title ‘the travelling toothbrush’-wish I’d thought of that for the post title!

  7. Coombemill - Fiona

    Love the toothbrush, and why not too. Lovely photos, as I knew they would be. Great to be able to take advantage of a dry spell at this time of year and that park looks like the perfect place to head. Thanks you for joining me for Country Kids.
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  8. Caroline (BecomingaSAHM)

    Lovely photos, looks like you had a really lovely day out. Love that he took his toothbrush, so cute! 🙂
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  9. Dean of Little Steps

    Love the photos! And your son might have just set up a new trend of “bring-your-new-toothbrush outdoors!” Why not indeed? 🙂 Love the lakes, if only we had something like that nearby #WhatsTheStory.
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  10. ebabee

    Beautiful photos. I love the colours you’ve captured. I also love that Oliver took his toothbrush!! I laughed so hard when I read it! xx
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