Despite modern housing replacing much of the industry this ‘village’ once boasted, there are plenty of Yorkshire stone Georgian and Victorian properties in Rodley, along with a protected Conservation Area.
Situated inside the Leeds Outer Ring Road with the Leeds and Liverpool Canal passing through the village (running parallel with Rodley Town Street) Rodley as a commuter village equidistant between Leeds and Bradford is establishing itself as one of ‘the’ places to live to the west of Leeds.
The excellent transport links (see http://www.firstgroup.com/leeds and http://wymetro.com/ for more information), coupled with Rodley Park and the tranquility of Rodley Nature Reserve, makes this a very popular area with families and first time buyers. The area is seeing high demand from both renters and purchasers.
The Nature Reserve is a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of Leeds, with plenty of wildlife to admire – including some rare species of birds and newts. In the spring and summer the Reserve offers pond dipping for children, free of charge which is popular with many families in the area as both a recreational and educational experience.
Turn right on your way out of the Reserve and a short walk takes you to Calverley Bridge where you can treat yourself to delicious tea and cakes at The Tiny Tearoom – it has some of the best views around.
There are five pubs to choose from; locals would disagree on their favourite. The Owl, in particular, serves delicious food and a friendly service with the added bonus of a huge beer garden complete with ‘The Rodley Fortress’ – to keep the little ones entertained! On a summer’s day you’ll find it packed with families, walkers and sun seekers (it’s also worth mentioning that it’s dog-friendly too!).
There are a number of speciality businesses that are doing particularly well in the area. Spa Adelena for example does the most fabulous massages and facials for miles around (ask for the owner Adele Peat).
A family favourite eatery is Ephesus, which offers great service and amazing Turkish cuisine; their moussaka is very popular. Typical for this style of restaurant, the staff are always very friendly, especially towards children.
The primary school in Rodley is Valley View Primary http://www.valleyview-pri.leeds.sch.uk/. This also has Children’s Corner private nursery on site.
Rodley today is a bustling place, with tourists on a summer afternoon enjoy walking, cycling or fishing on the canal side, adding to the relaxed, village, atmosphere.