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.
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Norr Hill is a prominent feature above the Aire Valley and at 262m/859ft of altitude it's definitely worth a visit to see the great views from there! At the top is a triangulation pillar, so another excuse to make this walk in particular and maybe start the habit of “trigbagging"? This two and a half hour walk starts from the centre of Bingley and will go via Wilsden and parts of Cottingley before going back to Bingley along Beckfoot Lane and Myrtle Park.
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: Moderate – approx 2.5 hours – 5.9 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.
An independent coffee shop/café serving hot & cold food & drinks with indoor & outdoor seating located on Market Square
A tea room and ice cream parlour located in the middle of Myrtle Park
Where to start?
Bingley Arts Centre
Grid Reference SE 106 390
1. Bingley Arts Centre to Beck Foot.
Starting in the town centre outside Bingley Arts Centre, to its right is the old covered market and buttercross. Pass this beautiful feature towards a car park and in the bend of Queen Street is the entrance to the Riverside Walk. Go down the steps and at the bottom on the floor you should see a stone plaque with text: “The Throstles Nest of Old England Bingley".
Note: see the walk Discover Bingley for more info about the town centre features.
Turn left here and follow the path that runs along the river towards the bottom of Myrtle Park. Then, you should see a green tubular steel bridge. This bridge was erected in 1951 for the Festival of Britain. Cross the bridge and carry on straight up to the wooded area in front of you. Climb the steps and at the top turn left and carry on following the path above the river bank – do not take the path going right. Soon you will be out of the wooded area, go through the narrow hole in the wall and in front of you is a house. Walk in front of the house keeping to the path above the river bank – please be considerate to the house owners and only leave footprints! You should have great views of Myrtle Park. Go down in the field and veer right and soon you should arrive at Beck Foot Pack Horse Bridge
2. From Beckfoot to Wilsden
Don't cross the bridge, instead stay in the field and go right towards a narrow hole in the wall. You are now on Beck Lane, go up until you see another settlement. Before the first building, take a path going left and crossing the beck. Then you’ll make your way through a golf course – follow the white markings – towards a pine tree plantation (Ruin Bank Wood) on the other side. There is a very steep ascent to start with and then you will arrive at a crossing of paths on Black Hills. Take the path going up on the right then soon after another path on the left towards the edge of the woodland. There, you will have to follow the Millennium Way path and cross various fields up until you reach Lee Lane, a tarmac road. Go left for a short while and take the first path on the right crossing some fields again. When joining another path turn left. Carry on up to another path and turn right there. The path will go down and at some point you will find yourself at the back of some gardens on a bridge high above Wilsden Beck. After the bridge, you will enter Smithy Lane and you are now in Wilsden.
3. From Wilsden to top of Norr Hill
At the end of Smithy Lane is Main Street. Turn left up the road, keeping on the left hand side. You will pass Manor House Road, Spring Park Road and finally Tweedy Street where you turn left towards Wilsden Primary School. Go to the end of the street, pass the school and between two houses is a footpath. You will go over Wilsden Beck again and then go over a stile above a stone wall. On the other side, go left and follow the wall towards a house in the distance. You will go over two other stiles and then a hole in the wall and arrive on Coplowe Lane in the small hamlet of Norr. Go left, cross the road and immediately after turn right up a track between some houses. The track will turn right and then after the last house just follow a path along a wall going up towards Norr Hill. When the path joins another track, turn left and soon after on the right you will find a small metal gate going in a field. Pass the gate and walk up to the summit of Norr Hill following a broken wall up until you reach the triangulation stone (trig point). Once there, you will have a fantastic view over the Aire Valley, especially Bingley and Baildon Moor. This is probably one of the windiest place in the area by the way! Noticeable feature is the farm windmill which is almost constantly working in the corner of the field, where you will make your way towards for the next stage of this walk.
4. Norr Hill to Lee Lane.
In the corner of the field, near the windmill climb a stile over a wall and follow the path along the dry stone wall. At the end of the path, climb another stile and turn left, with the wall still on your left hand-side. Soon you will see a horse training track covered with recycled shredded carpet bits – quite colourful! Walk down the path up until you reach an opening in the wall with a wooden fence on the other side. Remain on the path between the wooden fence and the dry stone wall and walk down up until a sharp left turn. You should now see some buildings, carry on towards them up until a stile. Climb over and pass behind a stable before arriving in a courtyard. Pass the house and horse training ground and walk down the track up until you reach Lee Lane.
5. Lee Lane to Bradford Road, Cottingley
Cross Lee Lane carefully and go towards the Public Footpath sign opposite. Go through a gate and enter the field. Walk all the way down up until you reach another gate. Carry on up until you see a wall and some buildings. Go right through a narrow hole between walls and walk down the path with a wall on your left-hand side. When you reach a track, go right up until you arrive on March Cote Lane. Turn right and then left on Woodside View. Go all the way up until you arrive on Beckfield Road. Turn right here and again go all the way till the end – notice at some point the entrance to Cottingley Wood Estate on the left. At the end of Beckfield Road is the entrance to a private house but there is a public footpath hidden on the left. This path is really rough with many big rocks and roots. Be careful walking down. At the bottom of the path, turn right on Manor Drive and soon after turn left on a path along a house. You are now on Ghyll Wood Drive. This steep road will take you down to Bradford Road.
6. Bradford Road to Bingley Arts Centre via Myrtle Park
Turn left and walk on the pavement up until you reach Beckfoot Lane – just before Cottingley Bridge. Go all the way untill you see the entrance for Shipley Golf Club and veer right remaining on Beckfoot Lane. From there, the tarmac road has no pavement so be careful with oncoming traffic. The Lane will run high above the River Aire and is usually quiet. You will have the Golf Course on your left and when you reach the tennis club, cricket club and football pitch, soon after you after is a path running between the football pitch on the right and some garden allotments on the left. Walk all the way up until you reach the green steel bridge, you are now in Myrtle Park. Walk your way up the path and go towards the children's playground.
Note: behind the playground is Tarquin's Tea Room, a perfect place for a well deserved break after this walk!
Pass the cenotaph and make your way towards the park entrance. On your left is Bingley Swimming Pool and on your right is Lidl Supermarket. Walk down Myrtle Grove, cross Myrtle Place and you should now see Bingley Arts Centre where this walk ends!
Note: near the Bingley Arts Centre is the lovely Coffee Lounge, again perfect place to finish the walk!
Beckfoot Lane is a quiet road which runs above the River Aire. It connects Bradford Road to Beck Foot Pack Horse Bridge and St Ives Estate.
More about Norr Hill
- The trig point on the summit of Norr Hill was recently wrapped in blue material and painted with blue NHS letters as a thank you to our health care system during the Covid-19 pandemic. Find out more on the Yorkshire Post.
- Norr Hill used to have coal extraction mining activities which were booming all around the Bradford District in the early first part of the 19th century. Galleries were dug under the hill to extract the black mineral. Find out more on this article from Bradford and District Local Studies
On one of our visits to Norr Hill, we were welcomed by a wonderful rainbow. Take a look at it on the video!