Bingley Circular Walk
A walk that takes in a section of the beautiful West Yorkshire countryside, finishing at the historic 250 year-old Bingley Locks.
1. Bingley Rail Station car park
Leave the car park and walk up to the road, turn left, pass the Magistrates Court and turn left down a bridleway. Go along beside the railway line and, after leaving the housing, pass a school on your right. Follow the path as it bears right and becomes a road; continue on the right past the sports fields, and at the end of Wagon Lane join the main road and turn left.
2. River Aire
Cross over the river and turn left down a small flight of steps into what appears to be a garden. Join the Millennium Way - the path follows the river, where there is a canoe slalom course. Go into a small wood and under a new large road bridge and over a stream on stepping stones. The path goes up a short rise, between two high walls, then out into the open by the river and under the railway bridge. Bear left at a junction and then right where a small path leads down to the river. Your path climbs slightly and you are following the Woodland Walk, this brings you up onto the Leeds & Liverpool Canal towpath.
3. Leeds & Liverpool Canal towpath
Turn left over an aqueduct. The towpath then detours around the canalside buildings. At the end, re-join the towpath and continue up the canal, do not cross the bridge. You will reach Dowley Gap Locks and bridge 205. For the next stretch, the main road will be on your left. Walk as far as the Bingley Three Rise Locks.
4. Bingley Three Rise Locks
When you reach the Three Locks, the Five Rise is just 300 yards further, so a small extension to the walk takes you there. Alternatively, cross the locks and return down the other bank to the first bridge. Cross over the canal and turn left, before the railway, down the steps to the car park and find your vehicle.
Regular trains run to Bingley from Leeds, Skipton and Settle. You can park in the railway station car park.
4.35 miles / 7 Kilometers