Known locally as Billy Wood, the nature reserve sits upon a knoll of magnesium limestone and is located on the edge of Kippax in south east Leeds.
From the grassland plateau at the top of the hill are beautiful near-panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The mosaic of habitats found here – including limestone grassland, woodlands, meadows, scrub and a woodland glade – supports a wide variety of plant and animal life, and much of the site has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by English Nature in recognition of its national importance for conservation. Look out for orchids during rhe summer months.
Townclose Hills is managed and promoted in partnership with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.