Otley Run

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The Headingly Mile is a pub crawl in Leeds, West Yorkshire. The pub crawl was known as the Headingly Mile long before the Otley Run. It was historically a mile stretch of Tetley pubs leading in to Leeds City Centre. Over the years more pubs and bars have opened stretching it over more than a mile. The Students of Leeds refer to it as the Otley Run but it is known by Locals as The Headingly Mile. The route follows the A660, also known as Otley Road at the point the pub crawl commonly begins. The Headingly Mile is a popular social gathering for student clubs and societies from The University of Leeds, Leeds College of Music, Leeds College of Art, Leeds Trinity University, Leeds Beckett University and The University of Bradford [1] and is also a common activity for birthdays and other celebrations[2] among graduates and city residents.[3] Participants often wear fancy dress[4] and coordinate their costumes to a particular theme. It is also traditional for students of the local Notre Dame Sixth Form College to do the Headingly Mile on their last day, as well as students from Otley's Prince Henry's Grammar School Sixth Form, with their run usually including various pubs and bars around Otley as well as the traditional Headingley Mile destinations.

History of the route[edit]

Early incarnations of the Otley Run route covered Tetley pubs between Otley and Leeds, passing student residences and playing fields at Bodington Hall and Weetwood, through Headingley, past Woodhouse Moor, and on to the Students' Union buildings. After the closure of student residences in north Leeds such as Weetwood, Cavendish, and Tetley Hall and the opening of others south of city centre such as Clarence Dock, the popular route moved south of the original. The availability of cheap "Green Zone" [5] bus tickets has also been cited as an influence.

The modern Otley Run route shares many venues associated the "Headingley Mile" (the initial section through LS6 from Woodies' Ale House in Far Headingley to the Hyde Park Hotel), and many city centre bars and club nights are in competition to be the official end point [6] - often making these claims at the same time. Followers of the modern run often start early to allow time to visit as many venues as possible, a practice which has caused some pubs to turn away visitors in fancy dress and in obvious large groups.

The route[edit]

Depending on the route taken, the Otley Run can include 18 drinking establishments,[7] namely:

1. Woodies Ale House, Far Headingley

2. The Three Horseshoes, Far Headingley

3. The New Inn, Far Headingley

4. Headingley Taps, Headingley[note 1]

5. Trio, Headingley

6. Havana Tapas & Cocktail Bar, Headingley (Formerly Citrus)

7. The Arc, Headingley[note 1]

8. The Box, Headingley[note 1]

9. The Skyrack, Headingley

10. The Original Oak, Headingley

11. The Hyde Park, Hyde Park Corner

12. The Library, Woodhouse Lane (formerly Feast and Firkin)[note 1]

13. The Packhorse, Woodhouse Lane

14. The Eldon, Woodhouse Lane

15. The Old Bar, Leeds University Union[note 2]

16. The Terrace, Leeds University Union[note 2]

17. The Fenton, Woodhouse Lane

18. Strawberry Fields, Woodhouse Lane

19. The Dry Dock, Woodhouse Lane

Other university pub crawls[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Newer bars and pubs, sometimes omitted by the more traditionalist Otley Runners and attributed to the Headingley Mile list.
  2. ^ a b Student Union buildings sometimes require an NUS or Union Life Membership card to be produced, or that you sign in as the guest of a card holder.


Coordinates: 53°49′14″N 1°34′37″W / 53.8205°N 1.577°W / 53.8205; -1.577