Bingley 25-10-2017 Leader Rosemary

Bingley 25-10-2017 Leader Rosemary

We know that one should never judge a book by its cover, and that was proved once again today.  A walk from Bingley doesn’t sound like a fun day out, but it absolutely was, as 23 ramblers can now testify.  A good weather day, a walk profile that looks like a long-necked snail, greatly varied terrain and surroundings, and two photographers vying for the honours (Roy won – see featured photo) made this another superb day out for Rossie Ramblers.  From the garden centre, Rosemary led us across the busy road and up into some woodland for the group photo, and then on the Millennium Way, with lovely views back across the town, into Ruin Bank Wood and thence north east  across Shipley Golf Course to Harden Beck for a bridge shot.  Still on the Millennium Way, we came to the River Aire, of which Harden Beck is a tributary.  This wasn’t the fledging river that we saw at Malham last week, but something of a raging torrent, given the recent rain.  We took our first break in a nice spot at the side of the river.

Continuing on the Millennium Way, we followed the Aire easily along to a sports ground, where some volunteers were building defences against the erosive effect of the river as it bent around.  Interestingly, they were using willow stakes as the fence posts, which they said would take root and make a solid and decorative screen!  This technique is called willow spiling.  We soon came to the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, where we turned west, leaving the Millennium Way at this point.  It was along this stretch that Roy took the superb – almost trompe l’oeil – featured photo.  Maureen couldn’t find the join, so see if you can.  (BTW, the picture is NOT upside down.)  Soon we were at the famous Bingley Five Rise Locks, an engineering marvel.  We took our lunch here, and were fortunate to witness a canal boat descending the flight – surprisingly quickly, in fact.

After lunch it was through the old part of Bingley itself, past a pub wishing us ‘Joyeux Noël’ already, before crossing the Aire again, and then heading west up Ireland Terrace, spotting some deer along the way.  By this time David C had wrestled the camera off Roy – who didn’t put up much of a fight – so credit to David for getting a shot of the deer.  Being on Ireland Terrace, it was appropriate that we should meet and chat to 3 riders on sturdy Irish Cobs, one of which was recently being used to pull tourists around the Guinness brewery in Dublin!  Talking of pulling, we ascended around 700 feet in a little over 2 miles as we climbed through Hollin Plantation and along Altar Lane, by which time some of us were on our knees!  But we were rewarded with very scenic views in nice sunshine, so the hard work was worth it.

After this it was south and downhill across heather-clad Harden Moor, past some disused quarries.  As Tom explained, these were probably the reason for the ruts in the stone path, made by quarry wagons, much as in our own area.  We continued downhill into the Goit Stock area, through a very pleasant caravan park, and past a rushing waterfall, back to the cars.  Refreshments were pleasantly taken in the garden centre café, ending a really cracking day, thanks to Rosemary.  Thanks also to our photographers, especially Roy, who last took photos as a boy!

(Write up Arnold, pics Roy & David C. Appended here are the route stats and profile.)

Slideshow below, but if you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.


  1. Graeme Adlum

    A great walk in a new area for me. Thank you Rosemary.

    A well done to Roy who took a giant leap from his Box Brownie into the digital age!!

  2. Rosemary

    Thanks to Arnold for his write up which reflected the day well. Roy and David’s photos were a good selection of the varied scenery we passed.
    I would like to thank Jean for providing me with details of the walk, doing the recce with me and providing some assistance on the day.

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