Just about the only thing which seems to have changed in both pictures are that some of the trees have grown noticeably bigger. Aside from the boats (and even they look similar), pretty much everything is as it was more than 40 years ago.

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Adjacent, on the opposite bank to the nature reserve, is Canal Bank Sports Ground, which is the base for a cricket and an amateur Rugby League club. Rodley Cricket Club plays in the Central Yorkshire cricket league.[5] The Rodley Rockets runs rugby teams chiefly for juniors, and plays in the Pennine Amateur Rugby League.[6]

There are some areas of Leeds which just seem to have the ability to resist the passage of time and this view of the Leeds Liverpool Canal at Rodley shows one of them.

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Please note that unfortunately, because of the wildlife, we are only able to allow registered assistance dogs onto the Reserve.

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The Rodley microcar was made in Rodley by the Rodley Automobile Company between 1954 and 1956.

The Rodley Nature Reserve is a wetland reserve created in 1999 on the site of a former sewage works, just north of Town Street on the north bank of the River Aire.[4]

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The Reserve is well signed from the A6120 Leeds Outer Ring Road and then from the A657 Rodley Town Street. (Brown direction signs).

The Reserve is located off Rodley Town Street appox 5 miles west of Leeds City Centre and is accessed by crossing the swing bridge over the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and then following the access road to cross the bridge over the River Aire.

The Reserve can be accessed from Rodley Town Street via the swing bridge and has easy access from the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath.

Special openings are also available for community groups, schools and walking groups by arrangement – please refer to the contact page.

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Rodley has four public houses and a working men's social club: The Railway close to the nearby Calverley Bridge, The Rodley Barge, The Owl, The Crown & Anchor and Rodley Social Club on Town Street.

Please note – The Reserve does not have a specific post code but LS13 1HP will take you to Rodley Town Street.

The Reserve is served by routes 670 and 760 both of which have nearby stops on Rodley Town Street.

This area - between pubs as it is - at Rodley has long been popular with walkers. It is near to the nature reserve and has three pubs within a five minute walk, The Owl, Rodley Barge and, a short walk down the canal, The Railway Inn.

The Visitor Centre is open from 10am until 4pm throughout the year.

It was eventually opened in 2000 and is home to many swans, storks, herons and waterfowl, not to mention reptiles, insects and mammals.

Rodley village is not recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book, although several nearby places such as Horsforth, Calverley, Farsley and Bramley are. The earliest use of the name Rodley appears to be “Rodele”, who was listed as a tenant in in Yorkshire in 1157.

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The nature reserve was considered as far back as 1992 by Yorkshire Water, who owned the land and came up with the idea as a means of landscaping the former sewage treatment plant.

The Reserve is located on National Cycle Route 66 via the Leeds to Bingley Aire Valley Towpath Route. Cycling is allowed on the access road to the Visitor Centre where there are ample racks to secure cycles.

More recently Rodley was the home of Rowley Workshop, makers of 3-2-1, Wizbit and Dusty the Dawg.[citation needed] The workshop was housed in the former Bethel Chapel, which is now flats.[citation needed]


It’s an idyllic stretch of canal by all accounts. Indeed, were it not for local knowledge, looking at the original picture, one could almost mistake it for the east coast.

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal passes through the village, running parallel with Rodley Town Street. Many of the stone-built industrial buildings and mills that once lined the banks of the canal have been demolished and replaced with modern apartments and houses, as Rodley develops as a commuter village equidistant between Leeds and Bradford. Some of the area is now protected as a Conservation Area.

Car Parking is available on site just after crossing the bridge over the River Aire. Blue badge parking is available adjacent to the Visitor Centre.

A wetland reserve close to the heart of Leeds.

Part of the north-western end of the village is in what was, before the Local Government Act 1972, the Municipal Borough of Pudsey; a sign, next to The Owl public house on Rodley Lane, still notes this heritage.[citation needed]

Opening Hours: Open 7 days a week 11.00am to 11.00pm Lunch Menu is available Monday to Saturday 12.00pm to 15.00pm Excludes Bank Holidays

Rodley village is not recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book, although several nearby places such as Horsforth, Calverley, Farsley and Bramley are. The earliest use of the name Rodley appears to be "Rodele", who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book,[citation needed] and "Redlega" who was recorded in Yorkshire in 1157.[citation needed]

Rodley is a village in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough, West Yorkshire, England. The village is situated within the Bramley and Stanningley ward of Leeds Metropolitan Council. It is situated inside, the Leeds Outer Ring Road, 5 miles (8.0 km) north-west from Leeds city centre and 4 miles (6.4 km) north-east from Bradford. The hamlet of Bagley borders Rodley.

The original black and white image was taken on November 1, 1968, while the more modern image (used to create the ‘blended’ picture above) was taken in August this year.

The wetland nature reserve stands between the canal and the River Aire and is home to many birds and other creatures and it is managed and run by the Rodley Nature Reserve Trust.