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The Otley Run is a pub crawl in Leeds, West Yorkshire. It has a large student following, with approximately 50 students, from Leeds Uni, Leeds Met and a few of the colleges in the city, attempting it per night (with exception of the university or college holidays, when the number is almost nil).

The RulesEdit

Each group attempting the Otley Run seem to have their own rules. Most common rules include:-

  • A pint in each pub (usually lager or Diesel (Snakebite and blackcurrant)), sometimes with 2 double spirit breaks.
  • Minimum 2 units of alcohol of anything
  • Females can have half pints or a single unit
  • Themed fancy dress (optional but recommended)

The RouteEdit

Depending on the route taken it can vary between 11 and 17 pubs, starting at Woodies in Far Headingley and finishing in the city centre. Most people start the Otley Run in the afternoon between 2pm and 5pm, as this is the only way to fit all the pubs in before closing time (even with 24 hour drinking).

  • Woodies Ale House, Far Headingley
  • The Three Horseshoes, Far Headingley
  • The New Inn, Far Headingley


  • Headingley Taps, Headlingley *
  • Trio, Headlingley *
  • Havana Tapas & Cocktail Bar, Headingley
  • The Arc, Headlingley *
  • The Box, Headlingley *
  • The Skyrack, Headlingley
  • The Original Oak, Headlingley
  • The Hyde Park, Hyde Park Corner
  • The Library, Woodhouse Lane
  • The Packhorse, Woodhouse Lane
  • The Eldon, Woodhouse Lane
  • The Fenton, Woodhouse Lane
  • Strawberry Fields, Woodhouse Lane
  • The Dry Dock, Woodhouse Lane
  • A City Centre Club

(*Omitted by the traditionalist Otley Runners)

Trivia Edit

  • For a period in the 1990s The New Inn was known as O' Hagans New Inn and had an Irish theme when there was a fad for Irish theme pubs in the mid 1990s in England.
  • The Arcadia Ale & Wine Bar was the first solely non smoking pub in the Leeds area when it opened in April 2004. BBC Article
  • The distinctive architecture and the name of "The Headingley Taps" comes from the fact that it was formerly the local water pumping station for the area.

External LinksEdit

Itchy Leeds Otley Run Guide

Otley Run Fancy Dress Shop

See alsoEdit


Reference Edit

  • Wikipedia

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