This winter, venture outside to discover a variety of breath-taking walks and shake off the cobwebs.  Grab a flask of tea, put on your woolly hat and get ready for our favourite winter walks.  ‘Take a Closer Look’ at the beauty of frosty landscapes. Discover Bradford District, where skeletal trees sparkle in this magical season.

  • Wrap up warmly, put on your hiking boots for the Great Northern Trail, and embark on the open hillside stroll along the Hewenden Viaduct for something more adventurous. Look out for snowdrops and daffodils, which are a sign of spring's impending arrival in late winter.
  • Track your mile on a canal walk along the Leeds-Liverpool canal and visit Saltaire Waterways.  This trail is great for running, walking and for nature lovers there is plenty to explore, especially as many bird species arrive from all over Europe for the winter. Be careful along the canalside and keep children under close supervision at all times.
  • Reconnect with nature this winter at Bingley St Ives Estate, Country Park. Casual walkers can enjoy the shape and sheer magnificence of the mature deciduous trees while experiencing a true winter wonderland with woodlands and open moor thanks to the numerous paths that crisscross the estate. After a challenging walk, you can unwind at The Ivy Kitchen, a café on the estate.

St Ives Estate Bingley

Sculpture at St. Ives Estate in Bingley
  • Follow exciting puzzle and photo trails which start and finish at Ilkley Manor House and can be part of a family afternoon outing. Brave the weather with plenty to see and do, especially for the children.
  • Explore history at NT East Riddlesden Hall in Keighley and take in the tranquillity of this little Yorkshire garden.  The hall's dark stone contrasts sharply with the white frost that covers the formal lawns. When nature may easily go unnoticed, capture the beauty of the garden in a photograph.
  • Find mindfulness in winter outdoors with poetic prompts and guidance as you follow a 2500-metre nature trail that takes 1.5 hours to complete around Lister Park in Bradford with the Love Exploring app. This app uses the power of augmented reality to bring amazing sights to life on a smartphone, creating a magical world.
  •  Discover a different side of the woods and be enchanted by impressive icicles, snow-topped landscapes and glorious sunsets at the woodland sanctuary of Judy Woods in South Bradford.

There are many other walks and trails to explore in the Bradford district. So start planning now or take a guided winter hike with Bradford Countryside Rights of Way.

Sunday, 1 January - Funny Hat and Wig Walk - 4 miles (6.4km) Circular (bring your own packed lunch) FREE. Meet Barbara Walker at 11am outside Bingley Arts Centre, Main Street, Bingley. Get the year off to a good start in an amusing way via sections of the Millennium Way and Myrtle Park. Some difficulty. 

Wednesday, 25 January - Middleton Moor, Langbar and Nesfield 7 ½ miles (12km) Circular (bring your own packed lunch) FREE.  Meet Howard Lloyd at 11am at Ilkley Swimming Pool, Denton Road, Ilkley. A gradual ascent brings you on to open moorland with excellent views followed by a descent through the scattered village of Langbar and the picturesque community of Nesfield. A difficult walk. Please note: the start point is approximately a 15 minute walk from Ilkley rail and bus station.


St Ives Estate, Bingley
St. Ives Estate, Coppice Pond

Take a walk through St Ives Estate and admire the picturesque lake, woodland and wildlife. Other facilities include a childrens' play area, cafe and fishing.

Leeds - Liverpool Canal
View from the towpath with trees and barge on the canal

The Leeds - Liverpool Canal is one of the longest canals in England and passes through Bradford district. It is a lovely place for a stroll or cycle.

The Great Northern Railway Trail
Walking Route
View of Hewenden Viaduct at sunset.

This route intersects with National Route 69 and gives you the opportunity to cross the Grade II listed Hewenden viaduct, with spectacular views across this wooded valley.

East Riddlesden Hall
Historic Site
East Riddlesden Hall exterior © National Trust Images Andrew Butler

National Trust owned historic house, garden, shop and tearoom. This award winning attraction offers a lot to discover and explore.



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