Covid-19 update (June 2021): Many Health Walks organised in the district have had to be cancelled or postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, activities are slowly starting again. We have updated below the list of regular health walks organised in the Bingley area. 

In the meantime, if you are out and about please take a look at the Countryside Code which has been updated during this pandemic.

In England, health walks have been promoted mainly by an organisation called Walking for Health (WfH), a scheme which is now almost 20 years old. Throughout the years it's been run by various entities but today, both the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support are the custodians of this venerable institution. There is no doubt that walking is good for your health (both physical and mental) and this has been backed up by various studies. The NHS consider walking as an exercise and as they put it:

“Regular exercise has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers."

Walking for Health logo

What kind of health walks?

In Bingley and surroundings, we are very lucky because there are many volunteer walk leaders organising regular health walks throughout the year. These walks usually last for 1 to 2 hours and have various level of difficulties. This is a good sign because there will be something for every one at the end of the day! And most importantly health walks are usually FREE. If there is a charge, it should only be to cover additional services such as tea and biscuits after the walk, so even so it will never be expensive and can't be compulsory.

All walk leaders are given a thorough training and will know what to do in case of accident or emergency. They would usually wear high visibility jackets for additional security against road traffic and there are at least two walk leaders for any given walking group, one at the front and one at the back of the walk. So rest assure, you are in good hands!

Champions Show The Way

Different local organisations are supporting the Walking for Health scheme acting as coordinators. One of them is “Champions Show The Way" part of the Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust and as such is one of the organisations that initially supported the constitution of Bingley Walkers are Welcome. In Bingley and surroundings there are currently three different heath walks which you can join:

WalksDescription (Updated 20th June 2021)When?
Bingley WalkersOur walks go through various places such as Leeds and Liverpool canal, Five Rise Locks, Saltaire, local woods, local parks, etc.
Meet at: Bingley Arts Centre, Main Street, Bingley, BD16 2LZ

Covid-19 update: Restricted to 10 walkers per Walk leader – contact champions office for more information

2:00pm to 3:00pm
Bingley 2 hours WalksMeeting place varies between Bingley (Market Square), Elwick (The Acorn Pub) and Gilstead (The Glen Pub). This is a "medium-paced" walk. There will be some uphill walking.

Covid-19 update: Restricted to 10 walkers per Walk leader – contact champions office for more information

12:30pm to 14:30pm
Slow Mobility Walk at St Ives EstateA short walk round Coppice Pond. The walk is intended for those with some mobility issues and is suitable for those who have had joint replacements. There are benches around the pond should you require a rest.
Meet at: the gate adjacent to Coppice pond, St Ives Estate, Harden Road, Bingley, BD16 1AT.

Covid-19 update: ON-HOLD

10:50am to 12:00pm
Health Walk For All, St Ives EstateJoin us for our FREE health walk, in the natural beauty of St. Ives Estate in Bingley. Whether you want to meet new people, or walk with family and friends, this health walk is for everyone
Meet at: St Ives Estate, Harden Road, Bingley, BD16 1AT. First car park as you come through the entrance, coming up from Bingley

Covid-19 update: ON-HOLD

10:30am to 12:00pm
River Aire WalkersWalking is a great way to keep fit, meet new people and explore your local area.
Meet at: the Footbridge, Roberts Park, Victoria Road, Saltaire, BD18 3LA

Covid-19 update: ON-HOLD

10.30am to 11:30
Canalside WalkA gentle walk along the Leeds and Liverpool canal on a weekly basis.
Meet at: 1st floor café area at Canalside Health Centre, 2 Kingsway, Bingley BD16 4RP

Covid-19 update: ON-HOLD

Mondays 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Before joining a walk, it is recommended that you contact them:

email-64 Find out more by emailing
phone-64 Give them a ring on 01274 321911
facebook logo Like the Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust at
web-64 Visit their website at
web-64 Visit their page on Walking for Health website at

Calendar of Walks

You can add the following calendar to your own digital diary. iCal files are easy to download and will work with most devices. So no need to to it yourself anymore, we will update the calendar for you! Download Champions Show The Way iCal file containing their calendar of guided walks:

iCal - Bingley Walking for Health
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Easy Self-Guided Walks in Bingley

Why not try a walk on your own? We have a great listing of easy and family friendly self-guided walks for you! They range from 30 minutes to 2 hours maximum.

Bingley WaW Sunday Walks

Why not join us on one of our regular guided walks every 2nd Sunday of the month? They are about 5 miles long (2 hours) and will give you the opportunity to discover the area in and around Bingley.

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