St Ives Estate Bingley

St Ives Estate, Bingley

Walking with young children can be hard work at times but this walk offers something for everyone with an easy route, café stop and a fabulous children’s park.

Situated between Harden and Bingley in West Yorkshire, St Ives is a vast estate with some fabulous walks through beautiful meadows and moorland, as well as along flat paths.

I usually do it with a toddler in tow, so I stick to the paths and the park area. You’ll find a full description of my walk here: https://busymumlifestyle.co.uk/walkshire-st-ives-estate-bingley

Cliffe Castle Park

Situated on the outskirts of Keighley in West Yorkshire is Cliffe Castle, a beautiful little park with the added bonus of a children’s play area, cafe and museum.

If you fancy a gentle walk on wide open paths, this is a perfect spot to take in the beautiful gardens and surrounding scenery. It’s great for prams and wheelchairs, offering something for everyone.

Blogger Rosie Preston-Cook visited the park and you can find her description of the full route here.

Great Northern Railway Trail

Distance: Two miles
Pram friendly: Yes

If you want stunning views, this one has them in spades.

It’s a lovely, gentle walk which is ideal if you have young children, a pram or little ones on bikes. It’s also great if you just fancy taking it easy.

Head over the stunning Hewenden Viaduct and into the lovely village of Cullingworth near Bradford for this out-and-back route.

For the full route, visit https://busymumlifestyle.co.uk/walkshire-great-northern-railway-trail/

Penistone Hill Country Park

Penistone Hill Country Park is a beautiful area of open moorland, nestled near the famous Bronte village of Haworth in West Yorkshire.

This walk takes in some of the most stunning Yorkshire scenery. What’s more, with its rocks, ponds and quarry, it’s a great place for children to let off some steam.

A full run-down of the walk can be found here

Photo by Kate Haslegrave

Ogden Water

If you’re looking for a lovely spring walk where you can take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy what nature has to offer, this walk is perfect.

Ogden Water is nestled between Keighley and Halifax and this walk involves a circular 1.3-mile route around the reservoir.

Perfect for families, those with prams or anyone who just wants to get out in the fresh air for a leisurely stroll.

Full details are here

International Women’s Day: Walk in the Brontë’s Footsteps

To celebrate International Women’s Day, let’s take a walk in the footsteps of some truly inspirational Yorkshire women.

Charlotte, Emily and Ann wrote their literature in the village of Haworth, inspired by the surrounding landscape.

This walk will take you through some of the landscape and to Top Withens, thought to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights which appeared in the book of the same name by Emily Brontë.

The walk will take you on the paths these women were sure to walk on. The beautiful thing is that not a great deal of it will have changed since they did.

Full details here

Railway Children Walk

Distance: About 2.5 miles 

Pram friendly: No 

As well as being famous for the home of the Brontë sisters, Haworth has another claim to fame: the village and surrounding area was used as the location for the film The Railway Children.

This two-and-a-half-mile walk takes in part of the Railway Children Walk through some glorious countryside beside the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

Follow the railway line and stream and you will eventually find yourself on the Haworth Cobbles – and if you’re too tired to walk back you can jump on the train and gently chug through the countryside.

Full details of the walk can be found here.

Visit Bradford

National Railway Museum

Brontë Birthplace walk

Thornton, just outside Bradford, is a hidden Yorkshire gem. Not only is it the birthplace of the Brontës, it has some stunning scenery and beautiful countryside.

This walk takes in historical sites, the village centre, a lovely wooded area and the Great Northern Trail with its imposing Thornton Viaduct offering views across the village.

Having a 10 month old baby with me I need something that is totally pram friendly and this is.

There is also the option of a cafe stop along the way. Distance-wise it’s about 2.5 miles but there is plenty to see and you will definitely feel you have more than stretched your legs by the time you have climbed that final hill. 

Full details of the walk are here on my blog   https://busymumlifestyle.co.uk/walkshire-the-bronte-birthplace-walk/

Picture by Helen Broadbent