This is a lovely wildlife walk which can be done in less than 2 hours (3.9 miles) and not too difficult with a chance to see deer, stoats and herons, if you are lucky a kingfisher, and of course ducks. You should manage to do this in about an hour to an hour and a half.
Difficulty: Easy – 2 hours – 3.9 miles
Toilets: Attended public toilets located on Myrtle Place (by the market square)
Refreshments: there are many shops, cafés, restaurants and pubs in town but below are specifics businesses which we recommend if you go on this walk. Feel free to visit their site and contact them.
WaW supporters along the walk
A traditional Yorkshire pub near Ireland Bridge serving locally renowned beers and great food
Map, elevation profile and downloadable files
Where to start?
Bingley Arts Centre
Grid Reference: SE 106 390
Starting from Bingley Arts Centre, go towards the Aire River and follow the riverside bank path upstream up until you find yourself on Ireland Bridge. Go left over the bridge and about three quarter of the way on Ireland Bridge you will find a ‘snicket’ on the opposite side.
Cross carefully as there is no pavement and follow the path through the houses and onto the river bank. Opposite the river is the Church and the old historic part of Bingley. From here you may be lucky and see several deers, especially if the trees in St Ives’s are not in leaf, depending on the time of the year.
Continue through Ravensroyd Riding Centre, watching for traffic and horses going to and fro although it’s not usually too busy. Carry on down this track up until you’ll reach a field and a strange looking hillock. Turn right through the field towards the railway track. Follow the path along the railway track up to bridge.
Turn sharp up the hill through a tarmac track leading to Marley Farm. Go through the farm still going uphill and then turn left up to the other side of the hillock you would have seen previously.
At the fork take the right hand side track through the Hollin plantation above Ravensroyd Riding Centre. At the end of that track, you will be on Altar’s Lane which lead to Harden Road. This is a very busy road at time so be careful once you arrive there. Cross over to the over side and follow the path going down some woods. After the woods you should find yourself in a clearance field which once used to be a horse racing track! Cross the field towards a green footbridge over the River Aire. Go over the bridge and you are now in Myrtle Park where you can make your way back to the town centre.