Walks In Bingley West Yorkshire

Bingley has been my English adopted home town for a while now and I thought I would do it justice by adding some walks in and around it in this blog. I had already touched the subject with my post on dog walks in Bingley but this time, the page here is dedicated to all kind of walks and walkers. If you come and visit, enjoy your walk in Bingley!

My Walks in Bingley West Yorkshire

KilometersDifficultyTimingStarting Point
Discovering Bingley 3.8 M5.9 KMEasy2 hoursBingley Railway Station
Between Two Waters 4.2 M6.8 KMEasy2 hoursBingley Railway Station
Harden Valley10.5 M16.7 KMMedium3 hours 30 minutesBingley Railway Station
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About Bingley

Bingley is a town located in the City of Bradford Metropolitan District in West Yorkshire. It’s a fairly big town with roughly 20,000 inhabitants. Despite being so close to Bradford and Leeds, it has kept its own identity and is made of a mix of rural and urban communities. It has a long and fascinating history with many features and historic building still visible today. In 1212 it became a market town and there is still a market three times a week to this day. There are many events happening every year with the Bingley Music Live and Bingley Show being the highlights. In January 2015 it also acquired the status of Walkers are Welcome town which is a proof that the place is a brilliant spot for walking!

Note: Most of these walks start at Bingley train station making them really accessible from Leeds or Bradford. For the walks’ map details and geographical profiles I’ve used a software called Quo Mapyx to draw them. I’ve also used external websites such as Walk4LifeTrailzilla and iFootpath.

Discovering Bingley

Bingley Five Rise Locks

This is one of my favourites and it will take you all around the town on a walk of discovery. Starting from the station, first have a look at the buttercross on the market place – to the right of Bingley Little Theatre. This reminds us that Bingley is an old market town and was granted the status in 1212 by King John. The walk will take you towards Myrtle Park where Bingley Music Live and Bingley Show happen every year. Then hidden away behind it is a beautifull pack horse bridge. Cross over it and you’ll follow the River Aire before heading towards the Three Rise and Five Rise Locks on the Leeds and Liverpool canal. This set of locks is a unique feature as it’s the tallest staircase locks in the country. It was opened in 1774 and was a key element to the economic development of Bradford’s textile industry. The canal and the locks are now looked after by the Canal & River Trust and if you have a Smartphone, don’t hesitate to scan the QR codes on the information posts they have dotted all around the area to find out more once you are there. After the locks, you’ll walk through a residential area full of charm, lovely gardens and quiet alleyways – or snickets as we say locally. Then it’s all up hills, first through the Prince of Wales Park – opened in 1865 and named after the then Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII. Then you’ll go up Gilstead Craggs to finally be able to admire a fantastic view of the Aire Valley on top of it. Going back down is much easier and you’ll once again go through snickets in a residential area. Cross the canal and bypass on the pedestrian bridge and go back towards the station to finish this walk.

Interesting fact: It takes about 2 hours to do this walk and if you time your walk for sunset, on top of Gistead Cragg you are in for a treat. It only takes about 15 minutes to finish from there and it’s well-lit.

Route details available on other websites or to download: Logo Walk4LifeRoute details on Trailzilla websiteRoute details on iFootpath websiteDownload GPXDownload KML file

Difficulty: Easy
Toilets: Attended public toilets located on Myrtle Place (by the market square)
Refreshments: Five Rise Café at the Five Rise Locks and many pubs and shops in town.

“Discovering Bingley” geographical profile

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Between Two Waters

Somewhere along the Aire River in Bingley

It’s safe to say that Bingley is not Venice. However the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool canal form an easy to follow route on this walk, so expect to be walking near water quite a lot on that walk! First leaving the train station, turn right towards Park Road. Cross the bridge and on the other side, just before the grill house restaurant – left hand side of the road – go down towards the canal tow path. Follow the canal up to the Three Rise Locks and cross there to find yourself on the other side of the canal. Here you can carry on along the canal to go and see the Five Rise Locks (see walk Discovering Bingley for more info) or take the pedestrian bridge to cross the bypass. Once you’ve crossed the pedestrian bridge, you will see Bingley’s Church on your right. This is the oldest part of Bingley and still bears some cobbled streets. Go towards the White Horse, said to have been one of the oldest public houses in England – now converted into a tapas bar! Go towards Ireland bridge but don’t cross it, take a path on your left and soon you will find yourself walking along the river. This will take you all the way up to Myrtle Park. Take the pedestrian steel green bridge over the river and go up some steps in the woods in front of you. Follow the up river bank and after the house, soon you will arrive at a pack horse bridge. Then you will be on a tarmac road along a golf course. Carry on all the way up to busy road which you will cross to find an opening in the wall on the other side to finally find yourself walking back along the river. From then on, don’t leave the river up until you arrive in Hirst Woods. On the way, you will see the Bradford and Bingley “Bees” RUFC training ground. Then you will go under two bridges. First the modern concrete bypass’ pylons and then the railway’s Victorian steel pylons just before Hirst Woods. You will then leave the river to follow a path across the woods that will take you to what’s known locally as the “seven arches” above the River Aire. This aqueduct is actually the Leeds and Liverpool canal. Once there it is all the way back to Bingley along the canal. You might want to stop at the Fisherman’s pub located just before Dowley Gap Locks for a pint or other  refreshments.

Route details available on other websites or to download: Logo Walk4LifeRoute details on Trailzilla websiteDownload GPXDownload KML file

Difficulty: Easy
Toilets: Attended public toilets located on Myrtle Place (by the market square) Refreshments: Fisherman’s pub and many other pubs and shops in town.

“Between Two Waters” geographical profile

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Harden Valley

Goitstock Waterfall on the Harden Beck

This is definitely a little gem of a walk 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! Right in the heart of the Brontë Country, the Harden Beck is a small affluent of the Aire River but the valley it has created over the geological time is quite something. Starting in Bingley where the Harden Beck joins the River Aire, first you’ll go through Myrtle Park to find the old pack horse bridge over the beck. Then you’ll make your way through a golf course towards a pine tree plantation (Ruin Bank Wood) on the other side. Cross the pine tree plantation and once you are on the other side, you’ll have to cross a busy road so be careful. Pass the cottages and then follow the edge of Crag Wood for a while before taking a path going down the river bank. You should arrive at the entrance of a camp site. Go left and follow the river upstream up until the wonderful Goitstock waterfall. This is private land, so no swimming unfortunately! The setting is perfect for taking great pictures though. Once you are ready to carry on, make your way above the waterfall and still follow the river upstream. Eventually you’ll arrive at an old mill now converted into luxury apartments. The gardens are a delight to the eye. You can’t walk through them but you will be skirting the property on your way to Hewenden and it’s viaduct. There is another busy road to cross before the viaduct, so once again take care. You can go under the viaduct before finding your way to its top. The viaduct is now part of the “Great Northern Railway Trail“, a project to create a long distance traffic-free cycling and walking route through the Brontë Country. Now walk on top of the viaduct towards Cullingworth. Once you are in the village, a detour to the George, near the church is a must. This pub serves one of the best real ales in the area, the Spot’o Bother! After this break, the last leg of the journey will see you go through moorlands before arriving in the St Ives estate above Harden and Bingley. The views on that side of the valley are also quite good, so take your time to appreciate before heading back towards the finish.

Interesting fact: this walk was selected by Field and Trek to be part of their Top 17 walks in the UK

Route details available on other websites or to download: Logo Walk4LifeRoute details on Trailzilla websiteDownload GPXDownload KML file

Difficulty: Medium
Toilets: Attended public toilets located on Myrtle Place (by the market square) Refreshments: The George pub in Cullingworth and many other pubs and shops in Bingley and Cullingworth.

“Harden Valley” geographical profile

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