Bradford Millennium Way
This long distance, waymarked circular walk takes you on a tour of some of most beautiful countryside, pretty villages and attractive moorland in the Bradford area of West Yorkshire.
The walk starts on Shipley Green, just north of Shipley town centre. You then head north to Weecher Reservoir, passing the lovely Shipley Glen and Baildon Moor on the way.
The route continues to the wonderful Ilkley Moor. The moor has many interesting geological features, bronze age stone circles and fabulous views from the high points.
After passing the town of Ilkley you continue to the village of Addingham, passing Addingham High Moor on the way. The route then passes Silsden Moor and Silsden Reservoir before skirting the outskirts of the town.
From Silsden you continue south through Airedale to Steeton, crossing the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the River Aire on the way.
You then pass Steeton Moor and Laycock before crossing Keighley Moor and Oakworth Moor. This section includes a waterside path along Keighley Moor Reservoir.
The next stage takes you to the lovely little hamlet of Oldfield. From here there are panoramic views across the Worth valley towards Bronte country. The path heads south from here to the Bronte Waterfall. This delightful spot was popular with the Bronte sisters who loved visiting the pretty waterfall. There is a lovely little bridge called Bronte Bridge next to the falls. The area also includes the ruined farmhouse of Top Withens, said to have been the inspiration for Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
From the waterfall you continue to Oxenhope and then Denholme, passing Leeming Reservoir and Thornton Moor reservoir on the way.
The final section takes you back to Shipley via Hewenden Reservoir and Viaduct, Goit Stock Waterfall, Doe Park Reservoir, Harden Beck and Bingley.
The walk is well marked with a series of yellow and blue discs.
Bradford Millennium Way Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Bradford Millennium Way Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Bradford Millennium Way OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Bradford Millennium Way Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Near Keighley the path passes close to the Keighley Worth Way. This circular trail explores the lovely Worth Valley, visiting Haworth and the Penistone Hill Country Park, where there are fine waterside trails around Lower Laithe Reservoir and great views from the elevated position of the park.