Countryside Guided Walks

The full Guided Walks leaflet with all relevant walk information is available to download from this page.

Please note: Dogs are NOT allowed on any of our walks (guide dogs excepted).

* Little or no difficulty

** Some difficulty

*** A difficult walk

September 2017

Wednesday 6 September  **

Transfield Top

5 miles (8km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Jeff Brodrick at 10.30am at Bingley Market Square. Good paths to start with, then a little more climbing on the way back.

Wednesday 13 September **

Mills A' Plenty

3.5 miles (5.6km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Gillian Dale at 11am at East Morton bus terminus to explore the sites of the mills of Sunnydale. A steady climb at the start.

Friday 15 September (Friends of Bracken Hall) ***

Cliffe Castle

9 miles (14.4km) Circular

Money for public transport required

Meet outside Bracken Hall at 10.30am to walk down past the 'Old Glen House' public house to Coach Road. Here we cross through housing and over a footbridge spanning the River Aire to Hirst Mill hamlet and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. We'll cross the canal and walk through Hirst Wood to Dowley Gap and back onto the canal towpath, through Bingley, passing the 5 Rise Locks, East and West Riddlesden Halls to Utley, where we turn left through Keighley Golf Course to Utley Village. We join old footpaths through the village, through Steep Fields Wood Plantation and into Cliffe Castle Park. You may want to use this opportunity to visit your local museum now (check opening times/if it is open to the public). We then walk into Keighley town and return to Saltaire by either bus or train and then complete our walk through Roberts Park, Shipley Glen Tramway bridle path, Prod Lane and Glen Road.

Sunday 17 September ***

The Scar

10 miles (16km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Ken Allen Snr at 11am at Malham Post Office for a long walk on moorland paths passing caves and rock formations. Steep ascent at first.

Sunday 24 September **

Towards Ben Rhydding

4 miles (6.4km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Barbara Walker at 11am at Burley in Wharfedale station for a stroll along the valley and back via Sun Lane Nature Reserve. (This is one of our web walks. Please see the guide for more information).

Thursday 28 September **

Judy's Wood

4 miles (6.4km) Circular

Drink

Meet Nigel at 2pm at Station Road, Wyke (BD12 8LH) next to the sign for Judy Woods. Bell pits, a cautionary tale, Grade 2 listed building and plenty of trees.

Saturday 30 September *

River Ramble

3 miles (4.8km) Circular

Snack

Meet Gillian Dale at 1.30pm on the Old Packhorse Bridge, Ilkley (bottom of Stockeld Road) for an afternoon of exploring the River Wharfe.

October 2017

Sunday 1 October ***

Norr Hill

6 miles (9.7km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Kenneth John Allen at 10.30am at the junction of New Close Road, Nab Lane and the main A650 Bradford Road at Nab Wood for a good rural walk in an urban area.

Tuesday 3 October ***

Fascinating Places Around Baildon

7 miles (11.2km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Eddie Nash at 10.30am on Shipley Glen opposite Bracken Hall Countryside Centre. A walk over Baildon Hill before descending, via Baildon, to Ferniehurst Sculpture Park and along the River Aire to the Denso Marston Nature Reserve. Returning to Bracken Hall along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Tuesday 10 October ***

Millennium Way Number 1

8 miles (12.8km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Jeff Brodrick at 10.30am a Bracken Hall Countryside Centre, Shipley Glen. Plenty of interest on this not too difficult walk around the Aire valley.

Wednesday 18 October ***

Ramble and Rail

6.5 miles (10.4km) Linear

Packed lunch

Meet David Anderson at 10.30am at Victoria Road, Saltaire next to the railway station for a walk up and over Baildon Moor, then down to Bingley. Return by train at your own expense.

Wednesday 25 October **

Old Mining Villages

4.5 miles (7.4km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Gillian Dale at 10.30am at Eaves car park on Hawksworth Road, Baildon Moor just beyond the cattle grid outside Baildon for a walk to explore Sconce and Little London villages.

Tuesday 31 October **

Ghostly Goings On

5.5 (8.8km) miles Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Barbara Walker at 10.30am at Ian Clough Hall, Baildon (BD17 6ND). Today, being Halloween, we will visit four sites where ghosts have been seen. Good views on a clear day from Baildon Bank, and a stretch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

November 2017

Wednesday 8 November **

Millennium Way Circular Number 4

6.5 miles (10.4km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Colin Pitts at 10.30am outside The Mechanics Institute, Main Road, Denholme for an invigorating walk over the tops on moorland and field paths.

Wednesday 15 November **

Around Harden Beck

5 miles (8km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Anne Hodgson at 10.30am at Saint Ives in the main public car park. Park in the first main car park on the right in the Saint Ives’ estate. Charging may be in operation. A varied walk of woodland, ponds and becks with some road walking.

Wednesday 22 November ***

Station to Station

5.5 miles (8.8km) Linear

Packed lunch

Meet Malcolm Gardner at 11am at Baildon railway station for a trek up to Hawksworth and Tranmere finishing at Guiseley railway station. Return by train back to Baildon at your own expense.

Saturday 25 November **

Will Hard Nese Be Hard On The Knees?

6 miles (9.7km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Barbara Walker at 10.30am at Oxenhope Millennium Garden. Please do not park in the station car park. A walk around Oxenhope on good paths and tracks with 6 stiles.

Wednesday 29 November ***

Whatever Happened to Lady Blantyre?

6.5 miles (10.4km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Paul Mawson at 10.30am at Bingley Arts Centre, Main Street, Bingley. A walk through Myrtle Park and up through St Ives with excellent views over the Aire Valley, returning via Marley and alongside the River Aire.

December 2017

Wednesday 6 December **

A March Up to High Marchup

5.5 miles (8.8km) Linear

Packed lunch

Meet Malcolm Gardner at 11am at Addingham library for a linear walk to Silsden via Parson's Lane and Silsden Moor. Return by bus back to Addingham at your own expense.

Saturday 9 December **

Candlemass Eve

5.5 miles (8.8km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet David Anderson at 10.30am at the church steps at the top of Haworth Main Street for the traditional stroll to Oxenhope and back in time for carols round the tree.

Wednesday 13 December **

Christmas Cheer

4 miles (6.4km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Gillian Dale and her “special helper”, David Anderson, at 10.30am at Esholt car park, Station Road, Esholt. A walk to Tong Park and towards Hawksworth with a treat en route.

Sunday 17 December ***

Old Hanna

6 miles (9.7km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Ken Allen Snr. at 10.30am at the Harold Club on the junction of A641 Huddersfield Road and New Works Road, Bradford. Down to the woods, on to Coley to Northowram and back through the woods. Could be muddy.

Thursday 21 December **

Winter Solstice

4 miles (6.4km) Circular

Breakfast

Meet Barbara Walker at Bingley Arts Centre, Main Street, Bingley at 7.30am! Bring a torch and your own breakfast. A steady climb on good paths to Druid’s Altar to hopefully see the first sunrise of winter and maybe some deer. A leisurely return along the valley bottom.

January 2018

Monday 1 January **

Funny Hat and Wig Walk

5 miles (8km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Jeff Brodrick and Gillian Dale at 12 noon outside Bingley Arts Centre, Main Street, Bingley. Start the New Year with a bit of fun and an invigorating walk. Long range forecast: snow, frost, wind and rain with some sun?

Wednesday 3 January *

Solvitur Ambulando (It is solved by walking)

3.5 miles (5.6km) Circular

Snack

Meet Barbara Walker at 1.30pm at the Thackley Community Garden, bottom of Ainsbury Avenue, near Thackley Methodist Church. Explore Thackley’s Sculpture Trail on good paths with one hill. Although a short walk, it is packed with interesting features and is suitable for all the family.

Sunday 7 January **

Top of Stairs

5 miles (8km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Anthony Green at 10.30am at the entrance to Oxenhope railway station / Millennium Green, Oxenhope. Please do not park at the station. A circular walk with a climb to get views from the south west of Oxenhope.

Wednesday 10 January **

The Pancake Stone

5 miles (8km) Linear

Packed lunch

Meet Anne Hodgson to catch the 10.12am train from Ben Rhydding to Burley-in-Wharfedale (arriving 10.17am). After a steady climb up to the moor edge we walk along to the Pancake Stone before returning to the station.

Wednesday 17 January **

Bar Lane to Larkfield

3.5 miles (5.6km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Colin Pitts at 11am near the canal bridge, Bar Lane Riddlesden for a walk along the canal then up the hill to the farms overlooking the Aire valley.

Sunday 21 January **

Lower Laithe Circuit

5 miles (8km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Anthony Green at 10.30am at Haworth Church steps at the top of Main Street, Haworth for a circular walk around Lower Laithe taking in Stanbury.

Wednesday 24 January ***

A Trail of Two Tarns

8 miles (12.8km) Linear

Packed lunch

Meet Howard Lloyd at Ilkley rail/bus station at 11am. A New Year walk over varied terrain to Burley in Wharfedale taking in some notable viewpoints en route. Return from Burley in Wharfedale by train / bus at your own expense.

Wednesday 31 January ***

Sconce for Lunch

6.5 miles (10.4km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet David Anderson at 10.30am outside Menston library, Main Street, Menston. A walk with plenty of ups and downs via Hawksworth Spring Wood and Reva before returning to Menston.

February 2018

Wednesday 7 February ***

Baildon’s Welcome Way

7 miles (11.2km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Eddie Nash at 10.30am on Shipley Glen opposite Bracken Hall Countryside Centre. Approximately 5 miles of this walk follows part of the Baildon section of the ‘Welcome Way’, a new 28 mile circular walk connecting the ‘Walkers Are Welcome’ communities of Otley, Burley in Wharfedale and Baildon.

Sunday 11 February ***

Spring Head

5 miles (8km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Ken Allen Snr. at 10.30am at Hainworth Village on the B6429 Old Keighley Road. This walk is through fields, lanes and some good paths.

Wednesday 14 February ***

The Wharfe in Winter

7.5 miles (12km) Circular (or linear option)

Packed lunch

Meet Howard Lloyd at Addingham library at 11am for a winter walk to Ilkley on pleasant riverside paths. Return along tracks and field paths which are likely to be muddy through hamlets and farms or by bus from Ilkley at your own expense.

Sunday 18 February *

Between Wilsden and Cullingworth

3.25 miles (5.2km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Barbara Walker at 11am at Station Road, Harecroft for one of the Council’s web-walks taking in Hewenden Viaduct and the Great Northern Railway Trail.

Wednesday 21 February ***

Fairy Dell

6.5 miles (10.4km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Anne Hodgson at 10.30am at Ilkley Lido, Denton Road, Ilkley. Maybe some magic to be found where the fairies meet, or even some wild life. Possible mud but also some good tracks.

Sunday 25 February ***

The Old Lady

6 miles (9.7km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Kenneth John Allen at 11am at Bingley Arts Centre, Main Street, Bingley for a good walk along the river and up into St Ives.

March 2018

Wednesday 7 March ***

To the Edge of Middleton Moor

7.5 miles (12km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Howard Lloyd at 11am at the Old Bridge, Stockeld Road, Ilkley. An early Spring ramble on mainly good tracks and paths with the prospect of some excellent views of the Wharfe valley.

Tuesday 13 March **

Hog Holes and Heather

6 miles (9.7km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Colin Pitts at 10.30am near the junction of Long Lee Lane, Harden Road, Long Lee, Keighley. A scenic walk up some rough moorland footpaths.

Thursday 22 March **

Bradford’s Eastern Border

6 miles (9.7km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Nigel at 1pm at Woodhall Lane before the junction with Rockwood Road, near Thornbury (LS28 5NY), to discover golf courses, woods and a disused quarry – all in evidence on this ramble.

Sunday 25 March **

A Five Beck Circular

5.5 miles (8.8km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Barbara Walker at 10.30am at the small bridge over Pitty Beck in Leaventhorpe Lane, Thornton near Blackburn Close (BD8 0EG). An easy walk mainly on semi-urban footpaths with three short ascents and some road walking. Visit five of the becks that make up Bradford’s river system. Courtesy of the Friends of Bradford's Becks.

Wednesday 28 March **

Spring is Coming

3 miles (4.8km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Gillian Dale at 11am at Bingley St Ives bottom car park. A walk through and around the lovely woods of St Ives.

Friday 30 March (Good Friday) **

Calvary on Good Friday

4.5 miles (7.4km) Circular

Packed lunch

Meet Peter Beaumont at 11am at Ilkley Lido for a walk through Middleton woods along to Calvary. Then along to Nesfield and return through fields and woodland to Ilkley.

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