For each photo clue, you will obtain a single letter. The aim is find all the 13 letters to find the answer to our riddle. We've tried to make it as fun as possible. We also hope this will encourage you to walk more often and take pictures along the way.
Note: from August 2021 to February 2022, we organised a photo competition with this walk! The idea was simple: have fun on this photo clue walk and take some pictures while doing so. Then submit your favourite one to us! Thanks to all of you who participated, we hope you enjoyed it!
Essential info about the walk
Start: Bingley Arts Centre
Bingley Railway Station is only a step away from the start of this walk making it a car-free train walk! We encourage walkers to use public transport, rather than cars, as much as possible.
Difficulty: Easy – 45 mins – 1.1 Miles
Toilets: There are public toilets on this walk and are located on Myrtle Place (by the market square) in Bingley.
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.
Kids entertainment: Myrtle Park has a children's play area, a skatepark and an aviary.
Accessibility: the route is mostly flat and we have added an accessibility notice. It is pram friendly.
An old venue under new management! A great place to have a drink at the end of your walk.
A trendy family friendly pub located in the town centre and offering a wide range of food.
A really nice café and small family business in the heart of Bingley.
A tea room and ice cream parlour located in the middle of Myrtle Park
The route - Accessibility notice
If you come from the station, the start of the walk is only a step away. Bingley Train Station is fully accessible with lifts for easy access from both platforms. From the station, take the cobbled alleyway next to Peacocks Bar onto Main street and cross the road at the zebra crossing. Start the walk in front of Bingley Arts Centre on the Town Square. To proceed with the walk, when looking at Bingley Arts Centre, you should head towards Myrtle Park. (Lidl on your left, Bingley Arts Centre on your right). The route is a little bit more than a mile in length, and is mostly on good surfaces which will be suitable for most people. The Riverside part of the walk can be muddy and wet at times, so please wear appropriate footwear shoes. There is a short section of uneven path, or need to go over grass at the bottom of Myrtle Park near the bridge, which may not be suitable for all wheelchair users. The Riverside walk has a small step, which may not be suitable for all wheelchair users. There is a narrow spot on the walk, when coming out of the Riverside walk and onto Millside, and the pavement is narrow on Millside, and close to traffic. Please take care when crossing the roads.
You start your adventure in front of the Bingley Arts Centre. It was built on Bingley Town Square, once full of houses now the market place. Make your way towards Myrtle Park. Can you find this building?
Over the door there are two words and we want the second one (first letter)
You've now entered Myrtle Park. Can you see the big building looking over the park, to your right hand side? Once a grand family house then Bingley Town Hall. Look carefully and you'll find an old sign about one of the council departments that was once here.
We want the first word on the sign (first letter)
Now, come back into the park. In the distance you should see the playground and skatepark. Before you reach them, can you find this? Look for the writing at the base.
Find the middle word on the top line (first letter).
Look for a walled garden. Inside is a bowling green, buildings and a bird house. Once part of the grand house, now for everyone's enjoyment. Can you find this building?
We want a word for a drink that this building is named after (first letter)
If the gates are open pass the bird house and the toddler playground. Go through the gate after the basketball court and walk down the pathway towards the bottom of the park. (If the gates are closed you can walk around instead). There is a bridge crossing the River Aire at the bottom of the park. It hasn't always been there, in fact it was built in 1951. Can you find that date?
We want the middle word from the place that it is written (first letter)
Don't cross the bridge! Look to the right of the bridge and follow the path alongside the river Aire and enjoy the nature. Lots of birds live in the woods, the river is full of fish, and you can even spot otters sometimes. As you walk along keep your eyes out for a strange sign on the ground.
There is a creature in it (a throstle), what you can see in its mouth? We want the last letter of the word.
The riverside walk wasn't always here, it was created with a lot of work from volunteers who were passionate about Bingley. One man in particular was a champion of the walk and somewhere on the wall you will find a sign remembering his contribution.
Here's a clue to what to look for. We want this man's first name (first letter)
You will leave riverside walk near the old Ireland Bridge, which has bats nesting beneath. Take a right along a narrow pavement. As you go up towards Main Street, can you spot the building on the left in this picture?
What's the street name on the sign at the side of the building (first letter)
Main Street has lots of old grand buildings which have changed use and shows that the market town was very wealthy in the past. Some of the mosaics in Bingley were made by Italian prisoners of war who were imprisoned in Keighley.
Can you find this mosaic tiling in one of the doorways? When you do, look up and you will see a single letter on a lamp.
Carry on walking on that side of the pavement till you can see a pedestrian crossing in front of a tavern. Cross the road safely and on the other side head right again along Main street. Can you find this familiar sign next to one of the shops?
We want the last letter from the word of what gets taken off inside the shop.
Cross Park Road safely, and see if you can find a shop with these ornate carvings on its pillars. This building was once a bank.
We want the fourth letter from the word that describes the things which are beneath the cherub's head
When you've found the previous clue, cross Main Street and walk through Queens court and out into the car park behind (if Queens Court is closed you can walk around through the Market Square)
Can you find this building? This is now a bar, but there are some clues to what it was before. It was a station, but not for trains. We want the last letter of the first word of what this place used to be.
We want you to find the oldest structure in Bingley. It should be easy to find as it is very very old indeed. Have a good look around it and can you tell us the name of the wood and stone contraption, that was used to punish people?
The one in Bingley was last used in 1870. We want the first letter of this word.
The Final Answer
We've reached the end of our walk, we hope you have enjoyed it. Can you solve the riddle?
Join Bingley Camera Club!
Why not take photos whilst on your walk? Here are some photos by Bingley Camera Club members. If you are interested in developing your photography with people who share the same interests, we welcome you to our friendly club. We meet on Monday nights throughout the year and have regular get togethers and practical activities.
Have you done this walk yourself? Don't hesitate to give us some feedback by leaving a comment below!