Covid-19 update: We know that many of you have taken on walking during the lockdown as a way to exercise more and we hope that this will inspire you to join us once we resume all our activities. In the meantime, if you are out and about please take a look at the Countryside Code which has been updated during this pandemic.
We want you to enjoy your walks and we have many walking routes listed below in and around Bingley. Please leave us a comment and let us know what you think. Also don’t hesitate to contact us if you need to report any issues you have encountered.
We look forward to seeing you all again in the not too distant future.
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). No car? Not to worry as Bingley has two railway stations and makes a perfect car free and train walk destination! 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|
|From crossflatts to Bingley along the canal towpath, this family and pram friendly walk is ideal to discover the Five and Three Rise Locks of Bingley. Finish with a nice stroll into town for a deserving break!|
|Short Family Friendly Walk in Myrtle Park||Timing: approx 1/2 hour||1.2 miles - Circular Walk|
|Myrtle Park is a real gem in the middle of Bingley and this walk will show you all the beautiful aspects of it. From band stand to river bank, there is something for everyone in this family and pram friendly walk!|
|Beckfoot and back along the River Aire in Bingley||Timing: approx 1 hour||1.5 miles - Circular Walk|
|Beckfoot packhorse bridge is a special place along the River Aire. This easy short walk will show you most of the features along the river. Look out for wildlife and fish!|
|Bingley Myrtle Park & Woods Adventure Walk||Timing: approx 1 hour||1.9 miles - Circular Walk|
|A variation of the previous walk, this one is for the more adventurous with paths taking you up the hill above the River Aire bank. A great way to discover beyond Myrtle Park without much effort!|
|The Bingley Five Rise Locks Family Walk||Timing: 1 hour||2.1 miles - Circular Walk|
|This easy canal walk which features one of the ‘seven wonders of the waterways’ mainly uses the towpath. It is suitable for everyone and is also pram friendly!|
|Goitstock Woods & Harden Beck||Timing: approx. 1 hour and 30 mins||2.25 miles - Circular Walk|
|A relatively level walk along the valley bottom of the Harden Beck, walking mainly through woodland on unsurfaced footpaths which will lead you to the Goitstock Waterfall. Not suitable for prams or wheelchairs|
|A Walk from the Towpath - Saltaire||Timing: approx. 1 hour and 30 mins||2.25 miles - Circular Walk|
|A small circular walk with a short cut option from the Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Saltaire taking in the wooded area of Trench Wood up to Shipley Glen and back along the old Shipley Glen Tramway tracks.|
|Escaping the city in Saltaire||Timing: 1 hour and 30 mins||2.5 miles - Circular Walk|
|Saltaire is a World Heritage site but away from the historical village, the outskirt is definitely a worthwhile trip. Along the river and the canal you will find a beautiful and quiet walk to do. Look out for the wildlife and the fish!|
|East Riddlesden Hall to Bingley||Timing: approx. 1 hour and 30 mins||2.8 miles - Linear Walk|
|From the iconic East Riddlesden Hall National Trust property to Bingley, there is only one way and it’s along the canal! This easy walk has a lot to offer and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.|
|Crossflatts - A Sir Fred Hoyle Walk||Timing: approx. 1 hour and 30 mins||2.9 miles - Circular Walk|
|This walk is all about the places where young Sir Fred Hoyle spent time observing the many wonders of engineering and manufacturing factories surrounding Bingley at the time.|
|Bradford Fairtrade Way - Shipley to Bingley||Timing: approx. 1 hour and 30 mins||3 miles - Linear Walk|
|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.|
|Micklethwaite and the Three and Five Rise Locks||Timing: approx. 2 hours||3.5 miles - Circular Walk|
|A urban walk on the fringe of the countryside with lots of interest. You’ll go via the typical Dales village of Micklethwaite, finishing along the towpath of the Leeds Liverpool canal.|
|Fields & Farms North of Eldwick||Timing: approx. 2 hours||3.5 miles - Circular Walk|
|Quite an easy walk with no steep hills, walking mainly on farmland footpaths and along reservoirs to the north of Eldwick.|
|Moss Carr Road to St Ives Park||Timing: approx. 2 hours||3.5 miles - Linear Walk|
|From the edge of Keighley to the beautiful Bingley St Ives Park, this walk will take you through the great Yorkshire countryside landscape.|
|Discovering Bingley - A walk around the town||Timing: 1 & 1/2 hours||3.6 miles - Circular Walk|
|This easy walk will take you all around town on a walk of discovery! It’s one of our favourites and is perfect for first time visitors or residents alike.|
|Wildlife Walk||Timing: 1 hour 30 minutes||3.9 miles - Circular Walk|
|An easy wildlife walk which will take you along the riverside and through woodlands. Good chances to see deer and kingfishers!|
|Between Two Waters and the Seven Arches Aqueduct||Timing: 1 hour 30 minutes||4.2 miles - Circular Walk|
|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".|
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 - A Sir Fred Hoyle Walk||Timing: Approx. 2 hours||3.2 miles - Circular Walk|
|We imagine that young Fred Hoyle would have used many of the old snickets going up and down the town on this walk. The highlight of this treck is walking up to Gilstead Crags where the view from this moorland over the Aire Valley is quite breath-taking!|
|East Morton, Sunnydale and the Glen||Timing: approx. 2 hours||3.5 miles - Circular Walk|
|A hilly walk, through a mix of woodland and farmland starting at the centre of East Morton and going past the Sunnydale Reservoir. This walk is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs.|
|Morton East and West||Timing: Approx. 2 hours and 30 mins||4 miles - Circular Walk|
|An ideal family walk between Crossflatts and Riddlesden offering good views along the valley. Walking on mainly field paths, ginnels, estate roads and the canal with a bit of hill climbing towards West Morton.|
|Around St Ives Estate||Timing: Approx. 2 hours and 30 mins||4 miles - Circular Walk|
|This walk involves quite a bit of climbing, across fields, woodland and moorland. You will pass by the Coppice Pond, Lady Blantyre’s rock and the Ferrands Memorial before visiting Druids Altar with its spectacular views of the Aire Valley.|
|Above the Aire Valley||Timing: Approx. 2 hours and 30 mins||4 miles - Linear Walk|
|The walk links the towns of Keighley and Bingley. It starts with a steep uphill climb before levelling out high above the Aire Valley with great views from Druids Altar. Then its downhill through St Ives Estate to reach Bingley town centre.|
|Gilstead - A Sir Fred Hoyle Walk||Timing: 2 hours||4.2 Miles - Circular Walk|
|Gilstead is where young Fred Hoyle lived. Most importantly, you will see the house where he lived in with his mother, a cottage belonging to the Milnerfield Estate. The walk also includes Hirst Wood and part of Shipley Glen.|
|St Ives & the Black Hills||Timing: 2.5 hours||4.5 Miles - Circular Walk|
|A great walk combining history and nature and going through the St Ives Estate and the Black Hills above Harden. There is quite a bit of a climb half way through but the views are rewarding!|
|Aire Valley Woodland and Water||Timing: Approx. 2 hours||4.5 miles - Circular Walk|
|An ideal family walk between woodland and water with plenty of industrial heritage and natural history, as well as some close up views of the magnificent structures along the Bingley bypass road.|
|A Walk Around St Ives Estate Boundaries||Timing: 2 hours||4.75 Miles - Circular Walk|
|St Ives estate near Bingley is a popular destination for all types of leisure activities. It’s a big wooded estate and is owned by the Bradford & City Metropolitan District. This walk will take you all around its boundaries.|
|Lady Blantyre's Rock and the Ferrand's Monument||Timing: Approx. 2 to 3 hours||5 miles - Circular Walk|
|Starting with a steep climb through the back streets of Keighley, the walk reaches its highest point in St Ives Estate. Then it is quite level before starting your return over Harden Moor and a steep descent back to Keighley.|
|Bradford Fairtrade Way - Bingley to Baildon||Timing: Approx. 2 to 3 hours||5 miles - Linear Walk|
|This scenic linear walk between Bingley and Baildon incorporating canal and moorland has about 200m of steady climb to reach the top of Baildon Moor. But you won’t be disappointed by the views there! So really worth the effort.|
|Crossroads to Bingley||Timing: Approx. 2 to 3 hours||5.3 miles - Linear Walk|
|This walk in the heart of the Brontë Country will surprise you with the wonderful scenery and views it has to offer. So enjoy and don’t forget to have a deserving break at the end in Bingley!|
|Norr Hill via Wilsden – Bingley Start||Timing: 2 and a half hours||5.9 Miles - Circular Walk|
|Norr Hill is a prominent feature above the Aire Valley and at 262m/859ft of altitude it’s definitely worth a visit to see the great views from there! At the top is a triangulation pillar, so another excuse to make this walk in particular and maybe start the habit of “trigbagging"?|
|Norr Hill||Timing: 3 hours||6 miles - Circular Walk|
|A surprisingly rural walk through what most would consider an urban area. After an easy start, it soon changes as you start climbing to the top of Norr Hill (282m/925ft). Then it’s level or downhill on your return, finishing along the River Aire.|
|Bingley's Hidden Secrets||Timing: 4 hours||8.3 Miles - Circular Walk|
|A great walk for those wishing to explore the wonders of Bingley and its hidden secrets taking in the River Aire, moorland, woodland and the canal. The views are also breathtaking as you will be going up and down the hills all around the town.|
|The Welcome Way Bingley Loop||Timing: 4 hours||8.5 Miles - Circular Walk|
|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.|
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 Harden Valley, in the heart of the Brontë Country is definitely a little gem of a ramble on a nice sunny day! You won't be disappointed by the variety of features it has to offer: woods, waterfalls, viaduct, moors and of course the views!|
|Ilkley Moor Walk||Timing: 5 hours||Hard|
11.8 Miles - Circular Walk
|Ilkley Moor is one of the most iconic moors in Yorkshire and there are many features on this walk that might leave you speechless. And of course, the views from the top are quite something!|
|Bradford to Ilkley - The Dalesway Link||Timing: 5 to 6 hours||Hard|
12.5 Miles - Linear Walk
|From Bradford Cathedral to Shipley and Saltaire village, this route is quite urban yet very leafy. The route then goes up through the woodlands of Shipley Glen, over farmland and across Bingley, Burley and Ilkley Moors to finally descends to Ilkley and to the start of the Dales Way at Ilkley Old Bridge on the River Wharfe.|
|The Stanza Stones - Hebden Bridge to Bingley||Timing: 7 to 8 hours||Hard|
14.1 Miles - Linear Walk
|There is only one stone on this walk, Mist Stone on Nab Hill between Oxenhope and Warley Moor Reservoir. Approaching Bingley, you will go through the wonderfull Goitstock waterfall near Harden and the Cottingley Woods.|
|The Stanza Stones - Bingley to Ilkley||Timing: 7 to 8 hours||Hard|
14.5 Miles - Linear Walk
|You will visit three stones (Dew Stone, Puddle Stone and Beck Stone) as well as the Poetry Seat. Starting in Bingley with the Five Rise Locks, the gentle towpath walk becomes a climbing up to Rombalds Moor, crossing Ilkley Moor and finishing in Ilkley.|
|Pennine Bridleway - Calder Aire Link||Timing: 9 hours||Hard|
17 Miles - Linear Walk
|An enjoyable ride or ramble through 12 miles of the Bradford district and 5 miles of the Calderdale district joining St Ives at Bingley with the Pennine Bridleway National Trail at Clough Foot on the Widdop Road north of Heptonstall in Calderdale.|
|A Dales High Way - Saltaire to Skipton section 1||Timing: 9 hours||Hard|
17.7 Miles - Linear Walk
|This exhilarating and challenging 90 miles route across the glorious high country of the Yorkshire Dales with over 13,900 ft of ascent starts in Saltaire near Bingley. However, you don't have to do it all in one go! It's divided in six sections and the first one from Saltaire to Skipton goes through part of Bingley.|
18 Miles - Circular Walk
|A contrasting 18 miles route of moor and valley. Starting from Haworth and going over Penistone Hill, through Oxenhope and passing the Hewenden reservoir and railway viaduct and the waterfalls of Goitstock.|
|Harden Hike||Timing: 10 to 12 hours||Challenging|
22 Miles - Circular Walk
|Using a mix of woodland, fields and moorland paths/tracks, the walk wich is 22 miles long makes a complete circuit of Rombald's Moor, giving extensive views of Airedale and Wharfedale.|
|Burnley to Bingley||Timing: 10 to 12 hours||Challenging|
23 Miles - Linear Walk
|The route also known as "B2B", with the highest point of the walk being Nab Hill at 1479 feet / 450 meters above sea level is a high level traverse of the Pennine watershed beginning in the Calder Valley at Burnley and finishing in the Aire Valley at Bingley.|
|Myrtle Meander||Timing: 10 to 12 hours||Challenging|
25 Miles - Circular Walk
|To the south of Bingley and starting in Myrtle Park, this walk which is 25 miles combines rarely used paths with more popular routes. Places visited include Egypt, World's End, Queensbury and Haworth.|
|Bingley Parish Boundary Walk||Timing: More than 12 hours||Challenging|
32 Miles - Circular Walk
|A circuit of Bingley parish, based on the ancient practice of 'beating the bounds'. Starting from Nab Wood near Cottingley, the route goes over Rombalds Moor via Keighley Gate, Riddlesden, Barcroft, Black Moor, Hewenden Viaduct and Willsden.|
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.
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
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.
For more information, visit this page