Bingley St Ives
Explore 500 acres of woodland, parkland and gardens in this splendid country park near Bradford. You can start your walk from the car park off Harden Road just west of Bingley town centre and train station. Then pick up the trails heading west through Cuckoo Nest Wood before climbing to Lady Blantyre's Rock and descending to Coppice Pond. The pond has a bird hide where you can look out for the variety of birdlife. Other wildlife in the park includes kestrels and lots of butterflies in the summer months.
Also be sure to visit the lovely Herb Garden with a range of flowers including Pinks, Sweet Williams, Honeysuckles, Foxgloves, Lavenders, Fuschias and a beautiful Wisteria which will climb beautifully over the 350 year old garden walls.
The park also has good facilities with a visitor centre, play area and cafe.
Bingley is a great place for walkers with a number of good options for extending your walk. You can pick up the Leeds and Liverpool Canal towpath and visit the splendid Bingley 5 rise locks. Head east along the water and you will soon come to the fascinating Victorian village of Saltaire.
The River Aire also runs through the town so you can enjoy riverside walks too. If you cross the waterways then you could visit the delightful Shipley Glen with its woodland trails along a pretty beck.