What is Bingley Walkers are Welcome?
Bingley Walkers are Welcome was formed in 2015 and we are part of a national network of towns. As well as promoting and encouraging the health benefits of walking, our Walkers are Welcome status help us boosting the local economy by attracting visitors and increasing footfall. You can easily recognise a Walkers are Welcome business when they have displayed the logo on their shop window.
Yorkshire is the friendliest place for walkers!
Yes, it’s official! There are more Walkers are Welcome towns in Yorkshire than anywhere else in the UK.
A little bit more about Bingley
Where is Bingley
Bingley is a Market Town of about 20,000 inhabitants located north of Bradford in Yorkshire in the beautiful Airedale Valley. The surrounding villages of Cottingley, Crossflatts, Eldwick, Gilstead and Micklethwaite are also part of Bingley Town Council, a parish town council created in April 2016. The area is crossed by both the River Aire and the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and is part of the Metropolitan Borough of the City of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England. Travelling to Bingley is easy with two railway stations (Bingley and Crossflatts) connecting the town to major cities like Bradford and Leeds. A relief road was opened in 2004, making the town centre less congested with traffic and more attractive to visitors. The Leeds-Bradford International airport is only 10 miles away. Finally the town is connected to the wider British waterways network thanks to the Leeds & Liverpool canal, a delightful and relaxing way of travelling up to Bingley.
What to see in Bingley?
One of the most famous landmarks in town is the Five Rise Locks on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Only a ten minute walk from the town centre, this staircase lock is known as one of the ‘seven wonders of the waterways’. It’s a perfect day out for the family and we invite you to download our Five Rise Locks Family Walk!
Other places we highly recommend a visit to are Myrtle Park in the town centre which has a lovely Riverside Walk along the banks of the River Aire; Prince of Wales Park, a woodland treat on the way to Eldwick; and the St Ives Estate with children’s adventure playground.
For the more adventurous, Bingley Moor on the edge of the Rombalds Moor and Ilkley Moor is a wilderness heaven. Bingley is located in the middle of the South Pennines an area crossed by many long distance walks.
One of Bingley’s most famous persons is Sir Fred Hoyle, an astronomer who coined the term ‘Big Bang!’. We have created a series of walks illustrating his early story as a child living in Bingley.
What to do in Bingley?
There are many things to do in Bingley all year round. Below is a list of the most famous events:
- Bingley is now firmly on the festival road map thanks to the annual Bingley Live Music, an award winning medium sized music festival happening in September.
- Bingley Show is another institution in town. Over a hundred years old, this agricultural show attracts thousands of families every year to town in July.
- The Bingley Arts Centre on Market Square is host to the Little Bingley Theatre, an amateur theatre group which has a very diverse production.