Before you set out plan the distance you want to walk and look for a place to get off the towpath and back onto a road where you can catch a bus if necessary. For the casual walker from Leeds you can leave Leeds and walk for as long as you wish with a number of places where you can get back onto a road. However when you get further away from Leeds, on the Kirkstall to Rodley or Rodley to Apperley Bridge sections for example, places to leave the towpath become less and there are quite long sections without any access or egress. Having said that it is a lovely walk, mostly peaceful, and with things to see. I have walked from Leeds centre to Keighley over three separate days and enjoyed every one. By carefully planning your day you can arrange to arrive at one of the pubs or cafes near to the canal for lunch. Just a word of warning for walkers. This path is used by cyclists, some using it as a commuter route into Leeds. A few of them seem to have little regard for walkers and at times you need eyes in the back of your head.
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