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Cooking up nettle soup in April — Wild food foraging by bike

Cooking up nettle soup in April — Wild food foraging by bike

26.4 mi
8.1 mph
825 ft
825 ft
Expert gravel ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.


More information

Includes a segment in which cycling is forbidden

You will have to dismount and push your bike.

0.50 mi in total

Includes a segment that goes up or down a series of steps

You may need to carry your bike.

11 yd in total

Tour Overview

Starting Point
5.55 mi

Leeds Urban Bike Park

Mountain Biking Highlight

9.14 mi

Rothwell greenway

Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

16.2 mi

Gateway to Leeds

Mountain Biking Highlight

19.3 mi

Lemonroyd Marina

Bike Touring Highlight

26.4 mi



Tour Profile


Singletrack: 3.10 mi
Path: 3.09 mi
Cycleway: 11.7 mi
Street: 1.95 mi
Road: 4.58 mi
State Road: 2.00 mi


Unpaved: 7.98 mi
Paved: 10.2 mi
Asphalt: 5.76 mi
Unknown: 2.47 mi

Weather Forecast

Katherine Moore planned a gravel ride.

June 9, 2020


  • Katherine Moore

    Come springtime, stinging nettles are usually the off-road rider’s worst enemy. It’s just about warm enough to break out the shorts, but you end up with prickly rash from the trail invaders instead! They’re very abundant, which although not so helpful for the skin, makes foraging for wild nettles very simple indeed. You may have heard of nettle tea, but nettle soup is also really great. It’s naturally high in both Vitamins A, C and Iron, as well as an impressive 5.5% protein. Harvest your nettles with care (thick gardening gloves are best) in the early spring from March to early June, and gather only the top portion where the youngest leaves grow on each plant. With some tender handling and a simple soup recipe, you can turn this trail menace into something very nutritious, and free!It goes without saying that nettles are easy to find. Woodland floors, river valleys, hedgerows and usually along the sides of your favourite trails. Here I’ve included a route from the city of Leeds from local cycling group Half Day CC including some of their favourite urban trails that’ll definitely have their fair share of nettles! From the train station at the centre, this 26.5 mile (42.7 km) loop is the perfect taste of ‘urban gravel’, visiting parks and common land within and just outside the city. Enjoy the fun berms of the blue line at Leeds Urban Bike Park, explore Middleton Park Woods, the peaceful Rothwell Greenway, a section of the leafy Trans Pennine Trail and then back into the centre alongside the River Aire. Along a route this varied, you’re sure to find nettles in the springtime!

    • June 10, 2020

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Cooking up nettle soup in April — Wild food foraging by bike