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.
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.
Come and visit Bingley, there are plenty of things to do and see!
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!
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!
|Bingley & Locks||Timing: approx 1/2 hour||1.2 miles - Linear Walk|
|Myrtle Park||Timing: 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 Walk||Timing: 1 hour||2.1 miles - Circular Walk|
|East Riddlesden Hall to Bingley||Timing: approx. 1 hour and 30 mins||2.8 miles - Linear Walk|
|Crossﬂatts - Sir Fred Hoyle Walk 2||Timing: approx. 1 hour and 30 mins||2.9 miles - Circular Walk|
|Bradford Fairtrade Way - Shipley to Bingley||Timing: approx. 1 hour and 30 mins||3 miles - Linear Walk|
|Micklethwaite and the Three and Five Rise Locks||Timing: approx. 2 hours||3.5 miles - Circular Walk|
|Fields & Farms North of Eldwick||Timing: approx. 2 hours||3.5 miles - Circular Walk|
|Moss Carr Road to St Ives Park||Timing: approx. 2 hours||3.5 miles - Linear Walk|
|Discovering Bingley – A walk around the town||Timing: 1 & 1/2 hours||3.6 miles - Circular Walk|
|Wildlife Walk||Timing: 1 hour 30 minutes||3.9 miles - Circular Walk|
|Between Two Waters and the Seven Arches Aqueduct||Timing: 1 hour 30 minutes||4.2 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!
|Old Snickets, Park & Moorland - Sir Fred Hoyle Walk 3||Timing: Approx. 2 hours||3.2 miles - Circular Walk|
|Morton East and West||Timing: Approx. 2 hours||4 miles - Circular Walk|
|Around St Ives Estate||Timing: Approx. 2 hours and 30 mins||4 miles - Circular Walk|
|Above the Aire Valley||Timing: Approx. 2 hours and 30 mins||4 miles - Linear Walk|
|St Ives & St David's Folly||Timing: 2 hours||4.15 Miles - Circular Walk|
|Gilstead - Sir Fred Hoyle Walk 1||Timing: 2 hours||4.2 Miles - Circular Walk|
|Aire Valley Woodland and Water||Timing: Approx. 2 hours||4.5 miles - Circular Walk|
|A Walk Around St Ives Estate Boundaries||Timing: 2 hours||4.75 Miles - Circular Walk|
|Lady Blantyre's Rock and the Ferrand's Monument||Timing: Approx. 2 to 3 hours||5 miles - Circular Walk|
|Bradford Fairtrade Way - Bingley to Baildon||Timing: Approx. 2 to 3 hours||5 miles - Linear Walk|
|Crossroads to Bingley||Timing: Approx. 2 to 3 hours||5.3 miles - Linear Walk|
|Norr Hill||Timing: 3 hours||6 miles - Circular Walk|
|Bingley’s Hidden Secrets||Timing: 4 hours||8.3 Miles - Circular Walk|
|The Welcome Way Bingley Loop||Timing: 4 hours||8.5 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.
|A ramble in the Harden Valley||Timing: 5 hours||Hard|
10.4 Miles - Circular Walk
|The Stanza Stones - Hebden Bridge to Bingley||Timing: 7 to 8 hours||Hard|
14.1 Miles - Linear Walk
|The Stanza Stones - Bingley to Ilkley||Timing: 7 to 8 hours||Hard|
14.5 Miles - Linear Walk
|Pennine Bridleway - Calder Aire Link||Timing: 9 hours||Hard|
17 Miles - Linear Walk
18 Miles - Circular Walk
|Harden Hike||Timing: 10 to 12 hours||Challenging|
22 Miles - Circular Walk
|Burnley to Bingley||Timing: 10 to 12 hours||Challenging|
23 Miles - Linear Walk
|Myrtle Meander||Timing: 10 to 12 hours||Challenging|
25 Miles - Circular Walk
|Bingley Parish Boundary Walk||Timing: More than 12 hours||Challenging|
32 Miles - Circular Walk
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
This scenic circular walk plans to link the 9 Fairtrade villages and towns in the Bradford district
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 landscape of the South Pennines.
The Long Distance Walkers Association
To the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA), any walk over 20 miles is recognised as a long distance walk.
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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