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 decide to go on this particular walk please take a look at the Countryside Code which has been updated during this pandemic.

We hope you enjoy your walk and don’t hesitate to leave us a comment to let us know what you think. Also don’t hesitate to contact us if you need to report any issues you have encountered.


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

Main Street
West Yorkshire
BD16 2LZ

Grid Reference: SE 106 390

Elevation profile

Bingley Wildlife Walk - Elevation Profile

Downloadable Files


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.

View of Bingley Chrurch with River Aire

Bingley Church and the River Aire - Photo: Nigel Lumb

Fallow Deer
Wildlife along the River Aire – A fallow deer (image courtesy of Paul Langton)

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.

River Aire bank in Myrtle Park, Bingley

View of Damart chimney in the background from Myrtle Park on the River Aire bank

Walkers along the River Aire

This is a stretch along the River Aire where you can often see kingfishers

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4 Responses

  1. Paul

    Had a great walk today thanks to this website. Just searched for ‘see deer near Bingley’ and got this. Thanks, and we did see deer. Have a good photo of a deer if you would like me to send just let me have an email to send to.

    • Bingley WaW

      Thanks so much for your lovely message. We would be delighted to receive your picture and even feature it on this page! I’m sending you an email now.

  2. Mark Trethewey

    Today July 17 saw a large group of fallow deer grazing in the field near Ravenroyd. About 12 to 15 of them, well away from the trees, at about 3.30pm.. We got quite close to them, but, as usual, they were nervous and went and hid in adjacent long grass. Beautiful sight while it lasted.

  3. Lynne Smith

    A lovely local walk with a bit of everything – riverside, open fields, woodland and great views. Sadly no deer!

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