Are you looking for a hard or challenging walk in Bingley and surroundings? Something you start early in the morning and finish late in the evening? Maybe you are after a good training walk for a long distance walking challenge like the Yorkshire Three Peaks? You’ve found the right page for it!
Listing of hard & challenging self guided walks in Bingley & surroundings
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.
|A ramble in the Harden Valley||Timing: 5 hours||Hard|
10.4 Miles - Circular Walk
|Ilkley Moor Walk||Timing: 5 hours||Hard|
11.8 Miles - Circular Walk
|Bradford to Ilkley - The Dalesway Link||Timing: 5 to 6 hours||Hard|
12.5 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
|A Dales High Way - Saltaire to Skipton section 1||Timing: 9 hours||Hard|
17.7 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
Sources of hard and challenging self-guided walks
Bingley Walkers are Welcome Walks
We have a selection of self-guided walks in Bingley for you. We aim to add even more in the forthcoming future.
The Stanza Stones Trail
The Stanza Stones is a cultural initiative featuring six stones carved with Simon Armitage’s poems and laid in the picturesque 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.
Circular Walk – 10.4 Miles – 5 hours
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!
Linear Walk – 12.5 Miles – 5 to 6 hours
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.
Linear Walk – 14.5 Miles – 7 to 8 hours
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.
Linear Walk – 17 Miles – 9 hours
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.
Linear Walk – 90 Miles – More than 12 hours
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.
Linear Walk – 23 Miles – 10 to 12 hours
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.
Circular Walk – 32 Miles – More than 12 hours
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.