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.
Table of Content – Bingley Walks
|1. Walks ideas in Bingley|
|2. Self Guided Walks|
|3. Walking Books|
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.
And once your rambles are done for the day, settle down in one of Bingley’s cosy, family friendly and welcoming town centre cafes.
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”.
Self Guided Walks
From Bingley Walkers are Welcome
We have a selection of self guided walks in Bingley for you. We will try to add more of them in the following weeks.
|Bingley’s Hidden Secrets||A 4 hour walk around Bingley taking in the River Aire, moorland, woodland and the canal.||Medium||4 hours||8.3 Miles|
|Wildlife Walk||Deer and Riverside: an easy 1.5 hour walk along the riverside and through woodlands||Easy||1 hour 30 minutes||3.9 Miles|
|St Ives & St David's Folly||A great walk combining history and nature which you can do in just over 2 hours (4.15 miles)||Medium||2 hours||4.15 Miles|
|The Welcome Way Bingley Loop||The Bingley Loop is a 8.5 mile circular walk through parts of the Aire Valley, visiting lanes, packhorse trails and snickets of Eldwick, Micklethwaite and Bingley.||Medium||4 hours||8.5 Miles|
|The Bingley Five Rise Locks Family Walk||The Bingley Five Rise Locks Family Walk is an easy 2.1 miles walk suitable for everyone. It is possible to do this walk with a pram!||Easy||1 hour||2.1 Miles|
|Between Two Waters and the Seven Arches Aqueduct||The River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool canal form an easy to follow route on this walk. You will also see a local architectural wonder known locally as the "Seven Arches Aqueduct".||Easy||1 hour 30 minutes||4.2 Miles|
From External Sources
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.
The Stanza Stones Trail
The Stanza Stones project was an imaginative work between the poet Simon Armitage, various groups of young writers and Ilkley Literature Festival. This cultural initiative started in 2012 when six stones were carved with Simon Armitage’s poems and laid in the picturesque landscape of the South Pennines. A long distance trail was then devised to visit all the stones on foot. The full original trail is 47 Miles long and starts in Marsden to finish in Ilkley. Two out of the three trail’s legs finish or start in Bingley and are featured in the list below.
Visit Bradford Walks
The local tourist office has put together a series of circular and linear self-guided walks for visitors and residents alike. Many of them start or/and finish in Bingley or simply go through its boundaries. They were originally created by the Bradford Countryside & Rights of Way Service. All walks featured below have on thing in common: Bingley.
Bradford Fairtrade Way
This scenic circular walk plans to link the 9 Fairtrade villages and towns in the Bradford district: Bradford, Bingley, Shipley, Baildon, Burley, Ilkley, Haworth, Denholme and Thornton. The route, currently being developed, uses public footpaths through the district’s beautiful countryside, passing places of historical interest. Luckily, 2 out of the 3 legs already available go through Bingley. For info, Fairtrade goods are found in shops and cafés in these towns and several businesses, large and small, are routinely serving Fairtrade tea & coffee to their employees.
|The Stanza Stones - Hebden Bridge to Bingley||The second leg of the Stanza Stones Trail will take you through the Calderdale Way and Calder Aire Link Bridleway most of the time. Approaching Bingley, you will go through the wonderfull Goitstock waterfall near Harden and the Cottingley Woods. There is only one stone on this walk, Mist Stone on Nab Hill between Oxenhope and Warley Moor Reservoir||Linear Walk||Hard||Approx. 7 to 8 hours||14.1 Miles|
|The Stanza Stones - Bingley to Ilkley||The third and last leg of the Stanza Stones Trail will first take you from Bingley up to Riddlesden on the Leeds and Liverpool canal - with the main feature of the Five Rise Locks along the way. After the gentle towpath walk comes the climbing up to Rombalds Moor, crossing Ilkley Moor and finishing in Ilkley. On the way you will visit three stones (Dew Stone, Puddle Stone and Beck Stone) as well as the Poetry Seat.||Linear Walk||Hard||Approx. 7 to 8 hours||14.5 Miles|
|Visit Bradford Walks - Norr Hill||A surprisingly rural walk through what most would consider an urban area, where the level, easy start soon changes as you start climbing, steeply in places, as you make your way to the top of Norr Hill (282m/925ft) above sea level. Then it's level or downhill on your return, finishing along the River Aire in the valley way below, skirting the edge of Cottingley and Nab Wood housing estates along the way. Although the route is predominantly on tracks and field paths, the crossing and use of roads is inevitable, to link together the public rights of way.||Circular Walk||Medium||Approx. 2 to 3 hours||6 miles|
|Visit Bradford Walks - Lady Blantyres Rock and the Ferrands Monument||Starting with a steep climb through the back streets of Keighley, including the urban areas of Long Lee and Thwaites Brow. The walk soon reaches its highest point as you enter the St Ives Estate high above the Aire Valley. Then it is quite level or downhill as you make your way through the woodland of the estate before starting your return over Harden Moor, to eventually cross fields before starting your steep descent back to Keighley via Park Wood.||Circular Walk||Medium||Approx. 2 to 3 hours||5 miles|
|Visit Bradford Walks - Aire Valley Woodland and Water||An ideal family walk with plenty of industrial heritage and natural history, as well as some close up views of the magnificent structures along the Bingley bypass road.||Circular Walk||Easy||Approx. 2 hours||4.5 miles|
|Visit Bradford Walks - Morton East and West||An ideal family walk on the northern flanks of the Aire valley between Riddlesden and Crossflatts offering good views along the valley. Walking on mainly field paths linked together by ginnels, estate roads and the canal, with plenty of stiles and gates. No significant prolonged steep climbing although there is a bit of hill climbing as you make your way to the highest point of the walk at West Morton.||Circular Walk||Easy||Approx. 2 hours||4 miles|
|Visit Bradford Walks - Around St Ives Estate||Although this circular route is only 4 miles (6.4km) the walk involves quite a bit of climbing, most on rough, unmade paths across fields, woodland and moorland. There are also short sections of narrow country lanes and other surfaced roads where great care should be taken especially if walking with children. Most of the walk is on the St Ives Estate, the former home of the Ferrands family and passes by the Coppice Pond, Lady Blantyre's rock and the Ferrands Memorial before leaving the estate to visit Druids Altar with its spectacular views of the Aire Valley.||Circular Walk||Medium||Approx. 2 hours and 30 mins||4 miles|
|Visit Bradford Walks - Above the Aire Valley||The walk linking the two market towns of Keighley and Bingley is suitable for most reasonably fit occasional walkers starting with a steep uphill climb through the urban back streets of Keighley, levelling out as you cross the fields and moorland high above the Aire Valley with its long distance views from Druids Altar. From here its downhill all the way to finish walking mainly through the woodland of the St Ives Estate, before crossing the River Aire into the more formal surroundings of Myrtle Park as you near the end of your walk in Bingley town centre. From where you return to Keighley by public transport.||Linear Walk||Medium||Approx. 2 hours and 30 mins||4 miles|
|Visit Bradford Walks - Micklethwaite and the Three and Five Rise Locks||An urban walk on the fringe of the countryside with lots of interest. The walk starts with a climb for the first mile or so out of the valley bottom to the highest point on Lady Lane. Then it's downhill or level as you make your way round the route via the typical Dales village of Micklethwaite, finishing along the towpath of the Leeds Liverpool canal.||Circular Walk||Easy||Approx. 2 hours||3.5 miles|
|Visit Bradford Walks - Fields & Farms North of Eldwick||Quite an easy walk with no steep hills, walking mainly on farmland footpaths to the north of Eldwick.||Circular Walk||Easy||Approx. 2 hours||3.5 miles|
|Bradford Fairtrade Way - Walk 2 - Shipley to Bingley||An ideal family walk with plenty of industrial heritage and natural history, as well as some close up views of the magnificent structures along the Bingley bypass road.||Linear Walk||Easy||Approx. 1 hour and 30 mins||3 miles|
|Bradford Fairtrade Way - Walk 3 - Bingley to Baildon||A walk of approximately 5 miles with about 200m steady climb incorporating canal and moorland views from the top of Hope Hill.||Linear Walk||Medium||Approx. 2 to 3 hours||5 miles|
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.
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