Set in over 1,500 acres of beautiful parkland, woodland and farmland, the 18th century estate of Temple Newsam Country Park in Leeds houses a magnificent example of a Tudor-Jacobean mansion.
Once airborne on your hot air balloon ride, look down across this fine Yorkshire estate and take in the sweeping views across the gardens, famed for their spectacular rhododendron walk. Many of the fine vistas and original features of the gardens are still visible today.
Avenue Wood close by has an amazing avenue running right the way through it, which was a former carriageway and has views of Temple Newsam house from each rise.
After seeing the city skyline of Leeds, if the wind carries you in a southerly direction you may see the River Aire and the Aire and Calder Navigation canal leading towards Wakefield.
To the east you will fly over a pretty patchwork of woods and farmland, with views over Castleford and even towards the North Sea and the River Humber on a clear day.
From the M1:
Exit the M1 at Junction 46 and take the A6120 towards Leeds city centre. At the roundabout where the dual carriageway finishes, take the second exit (A63). About 500 yards further down on the A63, turn left where it is sign posted Temple Newsam Country Park. The launch field is just through the park walls, with the car parks on the left and right as you drive through.
From Leeds city centre:
Temple Newsam Country Park is about four miles from the city centre and is sign posted off the A63 on the right hand side. Drive all the way through the park, as if you were going to leave, and park up in one of the car parks to the left or right just before the park walls at the exit.
Please do not park in the Pay and Display car park. If the balloon crew are not already on site, please wait in the car parks and they will be with you soon.