Recent weather storms Ciara and Dennis have really put a strain on our local communities and the Airedale valley was once again flooded in many parts included Bingley. Throughout February, weeks of rain fell on multiple occasions in just a few hours and brought flash flooding all around. Now that the weather is starting to become more clement, we can see the damages left behind, especially along paths.
Below are a couple of places which are worth noting.
Check the following too:
High waters in Glovershaw Beck, near Shipley Glen, have swept away revetments and parts of the path that were only repaired after flooding in 2017. At the moment the path is still passable with care, but that may change soon. Walkers along this part of the route are advised to consider alternatives.
Bradford & Bingley rugby fields
The path between the end of B&B rugby field and Cottingley Beck footbridge is damaged and part of it has now vanished in the river following the recent floods. You can still make your way around but you have to make a big leap across a small stream in a boggy area. On top of that the Cottingley Beck footbridge has been seriously uprooted and is now unstable.
Update from Bradford Countryside and Rights of Way
Bradford Countryside and Rights of Way are looking into both sections affected and are already on the case. See the answer below:
Hello - just an update to the web post: the footbridge at Cottingley has been stabilised but take care beyond that because the path is very close to the river. Stay away from the edge. At Glovershaw we have closed the path,so don’t try using it. Alternative route along moor edge— Bradford Countryside and Rights of Way (@Bradford_CROW) March 6, 2020
Which walking routes are affected?
Below is a list of walking routes which are affected by the issues on both sections
|Walk Title||Which section affected?|
|Bradford Fairtrade Way - Shipley to Bingley||Bradford & Bingley Rugby fields|
|Between Two Waters and the Seven Arches Aqueduct||Bradford & Bingley Rugby fields|
|Aire Valley Woodland and Water||Bradford & Bingley Rugby fields|
|Norr Hill||Bradford & Bingley Rugby fields|
|Bingley's Hidden Secrets||Bradford & Bingley Rugby fields|
|The Welcome Way Bingley Loop||Bradford & Bingley Rugby fields|
|Harden Hike||Bradford & Bingley Rugby fields|
|Welcome Way||Glovershaw Beck|
|Dales High Way||Glovershaw Beck|
|Bradford to Ilkley - The Dalesway Link||Glovershaw Beck|