The town of Bingley gained the “Walkers are Welcome" status in January 2015 and there is a good reason for it! With its beautiful landscapes, vibrant community and local support from businesses it’s a perfect place for a morning stroll, a day walk or a stopover on one of the long distance walks crossing the town. So either join us on one of the regular guided walks organised in and around town or find some inspirations for one of your next walks in Bingley on this page.

If you’ve created a walk in Bingley or around, we would be very interested to hear from you. So don’t hesitate to contact us and we would be delighted to feature it on this page.

Dog Walks in Bingley

For our four legged friends and their owners, we also have a page about dog friendly places and dog walks in Bingley

Walks ideas in Bingley

Situated in verdant Airedale, the town and surrounding area offers great walks for those who love the great outdoors, of all ages and abilities. Travelling to Bingley is very easy thanks to its two rail stations (Bingley and Crossflatts) and good bus links.

Below are some of the main reasons why you should pay us a visit for your next walk:

  • Stroll along the Leeds to Liverpool Canal towpath and wonder at the magnificent Five Rise Locks, a feat of 18th century engineering still in daily use.
  • Visit Bingley’s three parks: Myrtle Park in the centre with a Riverside Walk along the banks of the Aire, Prince of Wales Park, a woodland treat on the way to Eldwick, and the St Ives Estate with children’s adventure playground. Or hike between all three parks and enjoy spectacular views from both sides of the valley across Airedale and beyond towards the Pennine hills.
  • Explore Bingley’s history and heritage: the town was first granted its market charter by King John in 1212. The unique Market Hall and Butter Cross was completed in 1753 by Thomas Lister “at the considerable expense” of £12.13.10½. The stocks are said to have been the last in use in Yorkshire; 1870 is given as the date.
Sign Post directing to walks in Bingley

Come and visit Bingley, there are plenty of things to do and see!

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Once your rambles are done for the day, settle down in one of Bingley’s cosy, family friendly and welcoming town centre establishments! With a wealth of independent cafés, pubs, bars, deli’s and restaurants, Bingley is a great town to stay before or after your walk. Many of these places display the Walkers are Welcome logo in their window, so feel confident walking in these establishments and expect a warm welcome!

Which Ordnance Survey Map for Bingley?

The Explorer Ordnance Survey (O.S.) map for Bingley is 288 “Bradford & Huddersfield - East Calderdale”. All the self-guided walks described below would need this map. This is a double sided map and Bingley is located in the top left corner on one side. Because of that, for the long distance walks, you might also want to get the adjacent Explorer O.S. maps: Explorer OL21 "South Pennines - Burnley, Hebden Bridge, Keighley & Todmorden" & Explorer 297 "Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley - Harrogate & Ilkley Moor".
Ordnance Survey - 288 Map

"Bradford & Huddersfield - East Calderdale" 288 Map - Cover and Back

Self Guided Walks

There are many walks you can find on the web which are either going through Bingley (linear walks) or start and finish in Bingley (circular walks).  Below is a selection of such walks. If you have a walk which you would like to be featured on this site, please contact us.

Easy Walks in Bingley and Surroundings - 2 hours max

Most of the easy walks listed below can be done under two hours with some of them feasible under one hour. Some are even family and pram friendly, so take a look there is something for every one!

Walk TitleDifficultyDistanceSource
Bingley & LocksTiming: approx 1/2 hour
1.2 miles - Linear Walk
Myrtle ParkTiming: approx 1/2 hour
1.2 miles - Circular Walk
Bingley Myrtle Park & Woods
Timing: approx 1 hour
1.9 miles - Circular Walk
The Bingley Five Rise Locks Family WalkTiming: 1 hour
2.1 miles - Circular Walk
East Riddlesden Hall to BingleyTiming: approx. 1 hour and 30 mins2.8 miles - Linear Walk
Bradford Fairtrade Way - Shipley to BingleyTiming: approx. 1 hour and 30 mins3 miles - Linear Walk
Micklethwaite and the Three and Five Rise LocksTiming: approx. 2 hours3.5 miles - Circular Walk
Fields & Farms North of EldwickTiming: approx. 2 hours3.5 miles - Circular Walk
Moss Carr Road to St Ives ParkTiming: approx. 2 hours3.5 miles - Linear Walk
Discovering Bingley – A walk around the townTiming: 1 & 1/2 hours3.6 miles - Circular Walk
Wildlife WalkTiming: 1 hour 30 minutes3.9 miles - Circular Walk
Between Two Waters and the Seven Arches AqueductTiming: 1 hour 30 minutes4.2 miles - Circular Walk

Moderate Walks in Bingley and Surroundings - Half a day

All the moderate walks listed below can be done within half a day or less. Most of them go through the surrounding countryside and have some great views. All good reasons to try them!

Walk TitleDifficultyDistanceSource
Morton East and WestTiming: Approx. 2 hours4 miles - Circular Walk
Around St Ives EstateTiming: Approx. 2 hours and 30 mins4 miles - Circular Walk
Above the Aire ValleyTiming: Approx. 2 hours and 30 mins4 miles - Linear Walk
St Ives & St David's FollyTiming: 2 hours4.15 Miles - Circular Walk
Aire Valley Woodland and WaterTiming: Approx. 2 hours4.5 miles - Circular Walk
A Walk Around St Ives Estate BoundariesTiming: 2 hours4.75 Miles - Circular Walk
Lady Blantyre's Rock and the Ferrand's MonumentTiming: Approx. 2 to 3 hours5 miles - Circular Walk
Bradford Fairtrade Way - Bingley to BaildonTiming: Approx. 2 to 3 hours5 miles - Linear Walk
Crossroads to BingleyTiming: Approx. 2 to 3 hours5.3 miles - Linear Walk
Norr HillTiming: 3 hours6 miles - Circular Walk
Bingley’s Hidden SecretsTiming: 4 hours8.3 Miles - Circular Walk
The Welcome Way Bingley LoopTiming: 4 hours8.5 Miles - Circular Walk

Hard and Challenging Walks in Bingley and Surroundings - Full day or more

Looking for a tough challenge? Why not try one of the hard walks we have listed below? They are perfect if you are training for something like the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

Walk TitleDifficultyDistanceSource
A ramble in the Harden ValleyTiming: 5 hoursHard
10.4 Miles - Circular Walk
The Stanza Stones - Hebden Bridge to BingleyTiming: 7 to 8 hoursHard
14.1 Miles - Linear Walk
The Stanza Stones - Bingley to IlkleyTiming: 7 to 8 hours
14.5 Miles - Linear Walk
Pennine Bridleway - Calder Aire LinkTiming: 9 hoursHard
17 Miles - Linear Walk
Manorlands MeanderTiming:
9 hours
18 Miles - Circular Walk
Harden HikeTiming: 10 to 12 hoursChallenging
22 Miles - Circular Walk
Burnley to Bingley
Timing: 10 to 12 hoursChallenging
23 Miles - Linear Walk
Myrtle MeanderTiming: 10 to 12 hoursChallenging
25 Miles - Circular Walk
Bingley Parish Boundary WalkTiming: More than 12 hoursChallenging
32 Miles - Circular Walk

Sources of self-guided walks

We would like to credit the walks listed above to their right owners. So discover a bit more about them below.

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Bingley Walkers are Welcome Walks

We have a selection of self-guided walks in Bingley for you. We aim to add even more in the forthcoming future.

Visit Bradford Tourist Office Walks

The local tourist office has put together a series of circular and linear self-guided walks for visitors and residents alike.

Bradford Fairtrade Way

Go:Walking Keighley Walks

Go:Walking Keighley have put together a series of self-guided walks throughout the Aire Valley.

The Stanza Stones Trail

The Stanza Stones is a cultural initiative featuring six stones carved with Simon Armitage’s poems and laid in the picturesque landscape of the South Pennines.

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The Long Distance Walkers Association

To the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA), any walk over 20 miles is recognised as a long distance walk.

Walking Books

The Bingley & District Local History Society is the editor of various walking booklet in and around Bingley. They describe pleasant walks of historical interest around Bingley. They generally return to the start point and each takes about 90 minutes of gentle walking. They are available by post for £2 – or £1 if you attend one of their events. The Walk Books are also generally available from The Yorkshire Gift Shop on Main Street.

For more information, visit this page

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