Mark’s History: Cabbage Hill and its amazing views

21 July 2019

A friend said they had seen a post on the West Leeds Walks Facebook group about a place called Cabbage Hill, writes Mark Stevenson.

Obviously, the hill had something to do with cabbages but I was hoping it would be something a bit less obvious. It turns out I was hoping in vain!

The hill, just off Leysholme Cresent in Wortley, is said to have poor soil for growing food except for cabbages – hence the name Cabbage Hill.

Otley might have its Chevin for views but the view you get from Cabbage Hill easily matches it in my book. The views of Leeds are amazing.

Christ Church Upper Armley. Photo: Mark Stevenson

When I was having a walk on the hill I got talking to locals John and Harry (who is going to be the best white goods delivery driver there is ).

John was a fountain of knowledge telling me about the mines that dotted the area and that the hill itself is thought to have a connection to the monks at Kirkstall.

Farnley Academy can be seen in the distance.

As much as I like my history to me the hill is well worth a visit just for the views.

There is an information board there telling you the names of what you can see and how far away they are.

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Eric Toft says:

I was one of the last allotment holders on what is now called cabbage hill. There was no running water, only water from water buts
It was vegetables on the top, and livestock on hill below,