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Bracken Hall Countryside Centre, Glen Road, Baildon, West Yorkshire, BD17 5EA, ENGLAND

Sunday 31-01-16

A few of the friends with our new Outdoor Event Cover (OEC). We got chance to assemble this for the first time at Bracken Hall during the Big Garden Birdwatch Drop-In event.


Wednesday 27-01-16

Good Afternoon,


I am writing to update you and members of your organisations on the current situation regarding public rights of way in the Bradford District following the severe flooding experienced over the Christmas period. A number of public rights of way in the district have been very badly affected by heavy rain, floodwater and debris.

The following public footpaths and bridleways are currently officially closed due to damage caused by flooding.  They are not safe to use and may collapse or deteriorate further at any time:

Baildon – Footpath  from Otley Road at Baildon Bridge along the river bank  for approximately 1.5km to its junction with the path off Acorn Park. (Baildon Public Footpath  54).

Bingley – Footpath from Beech Street to Beckfoot Lane, due to damaged bridge in Myrtle Park.


Esholt - Public footpath and bridleway, including the Suspension Bridge - from its junction with The Avenue to its junction with the path network on the southwest side of the river (Bradford North Public Bridleway/Footpath 84).

Esholt – Public footpath from Cunliffe Lane at Bunkers Hill to Esholt Lane (Bradford North Public Footpath 79).

Keighley – Parkwood – Public footpath from Parkwood Rise to junction with paths on northeast side of Park Wood (Keighley Public Footpath 78).

Keighley, Oxenhope Public footpath alongside Dunkirk Beck from Outside Lane to Bodkin Lane (Keighley Public Footpath 218) - Outside Lane to Bodkin Lane.

Other footpaths and bridleways in the District may have been affected. Please take extra care when using routes which may be subject to erosion, undercutting or subsidence.

As some of you may also be aware, our Countryside Team base at Baildon Recreation Centre also suffered significant flooding. The Team have worked hard over the past fortnight to clean the premises and recover what they can of the equipment there.

It has not been possible for us to inspect all routes and, while we are working to assess the extent of the damage and plan for re-instatement of damaged routes, the most useful thing members of the public and your organisations can do is to let us know if any other routes which are found to be affected. Please use the report form following this link: Bradford Council Contact Us

Further information about the recent flooding in the Bradford District can be found at:

Despite the above, many routes in the district remain unaffected and I hope you are still able to enjoy walking and riding in our network.

Kath Windett

Senior Rights of Way Officer

Countryside and Rights of Way Service

Tel: 01274 435681

1st Floor North, Jacobs Well, Bradford BD1 5RW

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council Department of Regeneration



13-02-16 ADRI update:

Hello all, I hope you are all looking forward to the event tomorrow and it'll be great to see what we can achieve.

The weather is looking favourable with a few light showers predicted overnight which should clear by the morning, however it is likely to be quite chilly tomorrow so please do wrap up warm.

We will be meeting up at the Hirst Wood Lock car park at 10 and proceeding up the canal to the aqueduct where the plan is to work on a small area along side the river where there is quite a bit of debris before the bank narrows. The plan is to then walk back along the canal a short distance and make our way back down to the river where the bank is wide enough, and then work our way down to the Hirst Mill weir where we hope to have a fire going and a few cakes towards the end of the event, very generously offered by the land owner.

We have a good number of litter pickers and refuse sacks kindly provided by Bradford Council and some wheel barrows available to transport filled refuse sacks back towards the Hirst Wood Lock car park, however please do bring some tough gloves, sturdy boots and warm and water proof clothing. Given that it is likely to be quite cold, bringing a thermos of your favourite warm drink may also be a good idea.

I look forward to working with you all tomorrow and seeing what a difference we can make, and will also have some exciting news about future events. Sleep well and see you there tomorrow!


Aire Debris Removal Initiative


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