Coppice Pond at St Ives Estate

The beauty of the Bradford countryside in autumn is truly spectacular.  The changing leaves, the crisp air and the leaves crunching underfoot add to the atmosphere.  For those looking for a leisurely stroll, there are plenty of Green Flag parks to visit, or why not head to the heather moorlands of Brontë Country for a more adventurous walk?  Admire views of Ilkley Moor or the picturesque, cobbled streets of Saltaire. Whatever you choose a stroll through Bradford in the autumn season will undoubtedly be a memorable experience.

St Ives Estate Nr. Bingley

Autumn season in St Ives Estate, Harden is a truly wonderful time of year where the whole landscape becomes a visual delight with the leaves turning vibrant orange, red and yellow. Whether it's a leisurely stroll on a woodland trail, a moment of reflection by the tranquil pond or simply soaking up the warmth of the autumn sun, this season is sure to leave a lasting impression.  

Lister Park, Bradford

A visit to Lister Park in the autumn is an absolute must for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the sculptures surrounded by beautiful golden trees.  Wander through the winding paths and trails and explore the beautiful Mughal Water Garden.  And, of course, no visit to Lister Park would be complete without a stop at Cartwright Hall, the civic art gallery, is a must-see for the art-lover.

Riverside Gardens, Ilkley

The Ilkley Riverside Walk is a fantastic way to experience the beauty of autumn. Walk along the banks of the River Wharfe, taking you past ancient trees and along pathways that are alive with wildlife.  The sound of the water rushing over the stones make for a peaceful and calming atmosphere.  As you wander, pause to take in the inspiring autumn views of the surrounding hills and countryside, including the iconic Cow and Calf Rocks. 

NT East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley

In autumn, the gardens of East Riddlesden Hall in Keighley come alive with the bright colours of fruit trees and the air is filled with the sweet scent of ripening apples and pears.  The Discovery Garden is particularly popular with families, where children can explore and play in a natural environment.  It's an enchanting time of year and East Riddlesden Hall is the perfect place to experience it!

Judy Woods, Wyke

Located in South Bradford, Judy Woods is the largest ancient woodland in the district.  During the autumn months, it is particularly impressive to experience the change of seasons and the tranquillity of nature.  Friends of Judy Woods organise a variety of events and activities such as bat and fungi walks. Visitors can explore the many footpaths through Low Wood, Old Hanna Wood, Roydshall and Great Wood, making it the perfect location for nature lovers.

Haworth Moor, Keighley

The Brontë Connection Circular Moor Walk is a perfect autumn hike for any outdoor enthusiast.  The 4.5-mile route winds through the Brontë countryside, passing the famous ruins of Top Withens and the picturesque Brontë Waterfall.  The walk offers stunning views of the surrounding purple heather moorland, which is in full bloom adding a majestic touch to the landscape, as well as the opportunity to explore the history of the area.  So, grab your walking boots, whether you're a Brontë fan or a nature lover, this walk is sure to be a highlight of your autumn.

Great Northern Trail, Thornton

The Great Northern Trail is an amazing National Cycle Route 69 that stretches from Queensbury to Cullingworth.  This trail offers a unique hiking experience, taking you through a varied landscape of rolling hills, impressive viaducts, and the Pinch Beck Valley.  The route is especially idyllic in autumn when the landscape glows with vivid colour and the trees form a breathtaking backdrop.  Whether you choose to cycle or walk, the Great Northern Trail is easy to follow and you're sure to snap some great scenic photos along the way.

Leeds-Liverpool Canal, Saltaire

A day spent taking a walk along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal is a perfect way to enjoy the crisp autumn air and wonderful scenery. Starting in the Victorian village of Saltaire, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can take in the tranquil atmosphere and sounds of birdsong as you make your way to the pretty town of Bingley.  The autumn foliage is particularly lovely, providing a glorious reflection on the canal as you pass through.  For a break from the walk, there are many traditional pubs to stop for a snack or a pint, or even take a detour to explore a local beauty spot.  The walk ends at the magnificent Bingley Five Rise Locks, a spectacular stairway of locks on the canal.

Shipley Glen, Baildon

Shipley Glen is a beautiful yet rugged area to explore, the atmosphere is peaceful and serene.  In autumn the woodland is an explosion of colour, the rocky crags form a dramatic backdrop, keep your eyes peeled for the activity of the animals, plants and mushrooms a true autumn landscape.  There are many trails, making it the perfect place for a leisurely stroll or a more challenging hike.  At weekends the nearby Shipley Glen Tramway provides the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of autumn.  As you ride the tram, take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the autumn season.

Whether you're an experienced hiker or just looking for a peaceful afternoon, there are plenty of trails to explore in the Bradford district. Visit Bradford things to do in the great outdoors, you are sure to find something to inspire you.


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.

Lister Park
Lister park down by the boating pavilion.

Lister Park was crowned Britain's Best Park in 2006 and is also home to Cartwright Hall Art Gallery. You will also find the Mughal Gardens, a botanical garden, boating and a childrens' play area.

Ilkley Riverside Gardens
Riverside Parks

Riverside Gardens is a popular place for families to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

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.

The Brontë Connection
Walking Route
A picture of someone wearing walking boots

A walk linking three important sites associated with “Wuthering Heights” around Stanbury.

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.

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.

Shipley Glen
Country Park
Shipley Glen, Baildon.

A lovely sloped area of woodland, rocks and heather just outside Saltaire.

Shipley Glen Cable Tramway
Museum - Transport
Shipley Glenn Tramway

Britain's oldest working cable hauled tramway opened in 1895 run entirely by volunteers.



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