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!

Fact sheet
  • Number of Hard and Challenging Walks: 12
  • Total Distance: 218 miles
  • Total Time: 102 hours and 30 minutes
  • 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.

    Walk TitleDifficultyDistanceSource
    A ramble in the Harden ValleyTiming: 5 hoursHard
    10.4 Miles - Circular Walk
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    Ilkley Moor WalkTiming: 5 hoursHard
    11.8 Miles - Circular Walk
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    Bradford to Ilkley - The Dalesway LinkTiming: 5 to 6 hoursHard
    12.5 Miles - Circular Walk
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    The Stanza Stones - Hebden Bridge to BingleyTiming: 7 to 8 hoursHard
    14.1 Miles - Linear Walk
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    The Stanza Stones - Bingley to IlkleyTiming: 7 to 8 hours
    14.5 Miles - Linear Walk
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    Pennine Bridleway - Calder Aire LinkTiming: 9 hoursHard
    17 Miles - Linear Walk
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    A Dales High Way - Saltaire to Skipton section 1Timing: 9 hoursHard
    17.7 Miles - Linear Walk
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    Manorlands MeanderTiming:
    9 hours
    18 Miles - Circular Walk
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    Harden HikeTiming: 10 to 12 hoursChallenging
    22 Miles - Circular Walk
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    Burnley to Bingley
    Timing: 10 to 12 hoursChallenging
    23 Miles - Linear Walk
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    Myrtle MeanderTiming: 10 to 12 hoursChallenging
    25 Miles - Circular Walk
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    Bingley Parish Boundary WalkTiming: More than 12 hoursChallenging
    32 Miles - Circular Walk
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    Sources of hard and challenging self-guided walks

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    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.

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    The Long Distance Walkers Association

    To the Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA), any walk over 20 miles is recognised as a long distance walk.

    Which Ordnance Survey Map for Bingley?

    The Explorer Ordnance Survey (O.S.) map for Bingley is 288 “Bradford & Huddersfield - East Calderdale”. All the easy self-guided walks described below would need this map.
    Ordnance Survey - 288 Map

    "Bradford & Huddersfield - East Calderdale" 288 Map - Cover and Back

    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!

    Circular Walk – 11.8 Miles – 5 hours

    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!

    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 – 14.1 Miles – 7 to 8 hours

    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.

    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.

    Circular Walk – 18 Miles – 9 hours

    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.

    Circular Walk – 22 Miles – 10 to 12 hours

    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.

    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 – 25 Miles – 10 to 12 hours

    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.

    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.

    Easy Walks in Bingley

    If you feel these walks are too much for you, don't worry we want everyone to enjoy the great outdoors. So take a look at our selection of easy walks.

    Medium Walks in Bingley

    Not what you were looking for? Maybe a half a day walk is a better option for you. We have a range of medium walks which are more likely to suit you in that case!

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