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Activities: Guided Walks

Guided walks, organized by Friends of Bracken Hall and Baildon Town Council, offer a great way to get out and about in the local area and have our friendly and knowledgeable outdoorsman - John Dallas - on hand to answer all your pesky nature-related questions!



The Friends of Bracken Hall Countryside Centre have announced their programme of guided walks for 2017. Unless otherwise stated, all walks start opposite Bracken Hall on the Glen at 1030.


Please come prepared for the weather! We recommend you bring:


• comfortable waterproof footwear

• suitable clothing to keep you warm and dry

• a supply of water and a snack

• a hot drink if it’s chilly

• sun screen and a hat if it’s hot


Where a walk name is marked with a hash symbol, (#), you will require some money for public transport. The nature of the countryside terrain means that most of these walks require a moderate level of fitness and agility and some sections have limited accessibility.

If for any reason a walk is cancelled or the details of the walk change, we will attempt to post the details here on this page and on the Latest News section on the home page. Please check this page as close as possible to the day of the walk.

Guided Walks programme for 2017

Date

27-01-17 (Please note that this walk has been changed from 13-01-17)

Day

Friday

Activity type

Guided Walk!

Route type

Circular

Start time

1030

Distance

9.6km / 6.0mi

Walk name

Bracken Hall to Bingley for Brunch

Start location

Bracken Hall

Public transport

No

Leader

Chris & Mervyn Flecknoe (Baildon Walkers are Welcome)

Details

Parts of The Welcome Way Bingley Loop, returning to Bracken Hall along the canal towpath and back to BHCC. Lunch in a cafe in Bingley.


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Date

19-02-17

Day

Sunday

Activity type

Guided Walk!

Route type

Circular

Start time

1100

Distance

9.6km / 6.0mi

Walk name

Winter walk

Start location

Bracken Hall

Public transport

No

Leader

Jules

Details

Starting from Bracken Hall, heading east along footpaths behind houses near Shipley Glen Tramway then along a footpath that passes the top of Walker Wood and Midgeley Wood and then onto Baildon Bank. Along a scenic path taking in some great views and also some fossils, eventually heading up some steep steps into Baildon Village. Leaving Baildon heading north then towards Hazel Head wood then veering off left to rejoin Hawksworth Road. Along a footpath to Sconce Activity Centre then continuing west until we get to the Millenium Way path. Here we head south until we come to the cattle grid at Bingley Road. Crossing the road, we continue along then drop sharp right down towards Eldwick and then left to follow the path along the top of Shipley Glen (or through the woods depending on conditions) until we end up back at Bracken Hall.


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Date

31-03-17

Day

Friday

Activity type

Guided Walk!

Route type

Circular

Start time

1030

Distance

14.4km / 9.0mi

Walk name

Cartwright Hall

Start location

Bracken Hall

Public transport


Leader

John Dallas

Details

Our route to Cartwright Hall goes down Shipley Glens' roads - Glen Road and Prod lane, and then down the bridleway next to Shipley Glen Tramway - Dixon Mill Lane - ending at Coach Road. Here, we walk through Roberts Park and on to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath towards Shipley. We leave the towpath at Victoria Street and head up through Shipley to Bradford Road, where we cross it and walk through Northcliffe Park and Sir Norman Rae playing fields. We skirt the allotments and walk to the far end of the woods and drop down into the valley, crossing the stream. Up the other side and through the golf course, we then walk along Long Lane, passing Six Days Only to Heaton village. Here we pass one of the last bakeries which makes mint and currant pasty - to order and a must, and then down Emm Lane and into Lister Park for dinnertime  in the Botanical Gardens. After dinner and a museum stop, we leave Lister Park at Norman Arch and walk down through Frizinghall to Valley Road. After crossing at the pedestrian crossing, we walk alongside both the Bradford Beck and the route of the Bradford Canal towards Shipley, over Cragg Road and down alongside Bradford Beck again to Low Well. We cross here, go over Gallows Bridge and back on to the canal towpath. We follow this back to Saltaire and trace our route back through Roberts Park, up Dixon Mill Lane to Shipley Glen and Bracken Hall CC where our walk ends.


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Date

21-04-17

Day

Friday

Activity type

Guided Walk!

Route type

Circular

Start time

1030

Distance

10.4km / 6.5mi

Walk name

Up and down Shipley Glen

Start location

Bracken Hall

Public transport

No

Leader

Edgar Bielby/Eddie Nash

Details

Bracken Hall, walking up the west side of Shipley Glen, past the Acorn pub, reservoir and down the east side past Golcar Farm.

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Date

07-05-17

Day

Sunday

Activity type

Guided Walk!

Route type

Circular

Start time

0430, yes, that's right, 0430!

Distance

3.0 to 4.0km depending

Walk name

Early morning walk

Start location

Bracken Hall

Public transport

No

Leader

Jules

Details

From Bracken Hall to the Old Glen Pub then down through the woods and back along Higher Coach Road, crossing our original path then back along the Glen to Bracken Hall.

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Date

19-05-17

Day

Friday

Activity type

Guided Walk!

Route type

Circular

Start time

1030

Distance

12.8km / 8.0mi

Walk name

Millennium Way circular walk #1

Start location

Bracken Hall

Public transport

No

Leader

Eddie & Ann Nash

Details

To be confirmed.

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Date

23-06-17

Day

Friday

Activity type

Guided Walk!

Route type

Circular

Start time

1030

Distance

13.6km / 8.5mi

Walk name

Over Ilkley Moor

Start location

Bracken Hall

Public transport

Money for public transport required

Leader

John Dallas

Details

Meet at Bracken Hall and walk up the glen, through Glovershaw and Golcar farms to the 'top road'. Then on to Dick Hudsons, crossing the road and up and onto the moor opposite this pub. Follow the moor path to the Aire/Wharfe watershed, near to Lanshaw Lass and Lad, turning right, follow paths to the ancient sheep enclosure. From here our route heads north to Ilkley Quarry, where we follow the moor road down into Ilkley to return to Baildon or Shipley by train. From Baildon, walk along Station Road and through Threshfield, along Baildon Bank to Shipley Glen and back to Bracken Hall - alternatively from Shipley, along the Leeds and Liverpool canal to Saltaire, through Roberts Park, the Shipley Glen Tramway Path and finishing at Bracken Hall.

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Date

01-07-17

Day

Saturday

Activity type

Guided Walk!

Route type

Circular

Start time

1000 at Bracken Hall, 1015 by the canal at Saltaire

Distance

16.0km / 10.0mi (distance approximate)

Walk name

Rodley Nature Reserve

Start location

Bracken Hall or Canal at Saltaire

Public transport

Money for public transport required

Leader

Vera Clark/Debbie White/?

Details

To Rodley nature reserve along the canal (open to the public on Saturday) and return by public transport,

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Date

25-08-17

Day

Friday

Activity type

Guided Walk!

Route type

Circular

Start time

1030

Distance

7.2km / 4.5mi

Walk name

Bracken Hall family walk

Start location

Bracken Hall

Public transport

No

Leader

John Dallas

Details

To be confirmed.

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Date

15-09-17

Day

Friday

Activity type

Guided Walk!

Route type

Circular

Start time

1030

Distance

14.4km / 9.0mi

Walk name

Cliffe Castle

Start location

Bracken Hall

Public transport

Money for public transport required

Leader

John Dallas

Details

Meeting outside Bracken Hall, we 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 bridlepath, Prod lane and Glen Road.

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Date

07-10-17

Day

Saturday

Activity type

Guided Walk!

Route type

Circular

Start time

1030

Distance

11.2km / 7.0mi

Walk name

Exploring Baildon: A guide to public spaces, part 1

Start location

Bracken Hall

Public transport

No

Leader

Joe Ashton

Details

To be confirmed.

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Date

24-11-17

Day

Friday

Activity type

Guided Walk!

Route type

Linear

Start time

1030

Distance

14.4km / 9.0mi

Walk name

Bradford Industrial Museum

Start location

Bracken Hall

Public transport

Money for public transport required

Leader

John Dallas

Details

Meet at Bracken Hall and walk down Shipley Glen and past the Shipley Glen Tramway to Roberts Park and Saltaire. We join the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and walk alongside it, passing Shipley, Thackley, Idle, Apperley Bridge and Calverley to Rodley village bottom. We'll pass through industrial villages and towns, alongside old woodlands and alongside a canal full of animal and plant life. We'll return by bus to Shipley or Saltaire and walk back, passing the canal, through Roberts Park and up to Shipley Glen.

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Date

09-12-17

Day

Saturday

Activity type

Guided Walk!

Route type

Circular

Start time

1030

Distance

11.2km / 7.0mi

Walk name

Exploring Baildon: A guide to public spaces, part 2

Start location

Bracken Hall

Public transport

No

Leader

Joe Ashton

Details

To be confirmed.

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Date

26-12-17

Day

Tuesday

Activity type

Guided Walk!

Route type

Circular

Start time

1300

Distance

5km / 3mi

Walk name

Boxing Day walk through Shipley Glen

Start location

Bracken Hall

Public transport

No

Leader

John Dallas

Details

Starting at Bracken Hall and either going up and down Shipley Glen via Salts Bridge and Cragg Hebble Reservoir or going up and down Baildon Moor via Shipley Glen and returning on public footpaths through Bracken Hall Farm. I imagine members of the walk may choose to have a 'warming snifter' at the local hostelry!

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