Enjoy a short walk through this delightful glen near Bradford. Shipley Glen lies just to the north of the Yorkshire town of Shipley. It's a short walk from the train station or you could park on Glen Road.
The glen has nice footpaths running through sheltered woods along a pretty beck. It's particularly lovely in the spring when you'll see lots of bluebells and Peacock Butterflies. There's also paths above the glen with splendid rock formations and great views to enjoy.
You'll also pass the wonderful Bracken Hall near the start of the walk. Here you will find an informative museum, working farms, grassland, moor, woods, rocks, wildlife, history and archaeology. The centre has a wealth of information on the area and also organises guided walks.
From the glen you can follow footpaths up to the adjacent Baildon Moor and enjoy wonderful views over Bradford and Leeds from Baildon Hill.
You can also visit the fascinating Victorian village of Saltaire and pick up the River Aire Walk and Leeds and Liverpool Canal to extend your walking in the area.
The Dales Way Link and the Bradford Millennium Way also pass the glen so you could pick these trails up and head north to visit Bingley Moor and Ilkley Moor.
Just across the water is the town of Bingley where you can visit the country park of Bingley St Ives. There's miles of walking trails to be found here around the 500 acre estate.
A few miles to the south you will find another splendid beauty spot Chellow Dene Reservoir.
PostcodeBD17 5EA - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Shipley Glen Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Shipley Glen Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Shipley Glen OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Shipley Glen Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The Old Glen House is nicely positioned for some post walk refreshment. The historic pub is hundreds of years old and has a charmingly rustic interior with cosy log fires. They serve good home cooked food which you can also enjoy in the outdoor area on a sunny day. You can find them on Prod Lane near the tramway at a postcode of BD17 5BN for your sat navs.
As you'd imagine the woodland trails in the glen are ideal for dog walking. You will probably see plenty of other owners with their pets on a fine day. The Old Glen House mentioned above is also dog friendly.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
A few miles to the south there's Horton Bank Country Park to explore. The park includes a nice lakeside trail and a viewpoint with fine views over the city of Bradford and the surrounding Yorkshire Dales countryside.