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Adel Woods, Seven Arches

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Adel Woods, Seven Arches
c1926. Postcard view of the Seven Arches Aqueduct, which shows a postmark of 1926 on the back. The aqueduct was built in 1837 to carry the water supply from Eccup Reservoir over Adel Beck on its way to the city centre. It was only in use for 24 years before it became inadequate for the needs of the city but it remained in place and became a popular tourist spot.

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C Lovedale

In the early 1950s myself & 2 older sisters would set off from home on Meanwood Road, walk across Woodhouse Ridge, across Grove Road and through to Meanwood. Then through the woods thick with bluebells in season, fields of buttercups alongside the beck, across the Ring Road and into Adel Woods, I always felt very nervous crossing the 7 arches and had to hold fast to my sisters. I seem to remember a bed of wild watercress growing in the area, tasty and refreshing after the long trek. When we arrived at the babbling baby we would have a drink and eat our jam sandwiches, after a good rest it was time to retrace our steps, a long hike back for little legs. When we got to the bus terminus at Meanwood we would ride the rest of the way home. This route is now advertised as the Meanwood Valley trail, I have not done this walk for many years and reading other comments it would no longer have the magic it once did.


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