GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Walk around Silsden - Reservoir and Country

4 miles (6 km)

This West Yorkshire town is positioned on theRiver AireandLeeds and Liverpool Canal near Skipton and Keighley.
This circular walk around the town heads through the countryside around Silsden Reservoir to the north of the settlement.
The walk starts on the eastern side of the town where you can pick up the Bradford Millennium Way. Follow the waymarked footpath north and it will take you towards Silsden Moor and Dales Bank Farm. Here you head east to cross the Great Gill Beck before turning south towards Swartha. Near here you pick up the Millennium Way again and head west back to the town.
You can extend the walk by continuing south to pick up the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and enjoy a waterside stroll through the town.


BD20 0JY - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Silsden OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Silsden Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Silsden


The Kings Arms is a friendly pub with a good selection of real ales. You can find them on Bolton Road at postcode BD20 0JY for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The country trails make for a fine dog walk and the Kings Arms mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the east you can pick up the circular Ilkley to Addingham Walk and enjoy a walk along the River Wharfe.
To the west there's Sutton in Craven where you can enjoy a climb to Lund's Tower and Wainman's Pinnacle. Known locally as the Salt and Pepper Pots there's fine views over the area from the elevated position of the monuments.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Yorkshire Dales Walks page.


Memorial garden, Silsden - - 1833016

Memorial garden

Silsden Beck - Clog Bridge - - 2107827

Silsden Beck

Pastures beside Silsden Reservoir - - 2506592

Pastures beside Silsden Reservoir

Silsden Reservoir - - 140414

Silsden Reservoir. As seen from Bolton Road (A6034). This was a Bradford CWW reservoir, according to a 1" map of 1935. There appear to be a few houses at the left of the photo, and further left (south) is a covered reservoir, presumably the service reservoir for Silsden.

Great Gill Beck, Silsden - - 140402

Great Gill Beck north of the town. To the right is a 'window' through the trees into the brighter field behind.

Narrowing in the canal at Silsden - - 2122984

Narrowing in the canal at Silsden

Valley below Hay Hills Farm, Silsden - - 139344

Valley below Hay Hills Farm. There is a group of tall holly trees on the left. As usual, the stream is flanked by trees. Alongside it is a level area, and then a steep bank on the right. Black Hill is in the distance.

Playing Field - Dale View - - 1514021

Playing Field in the town with hills behind.


GPS Files

GPX File

Silsden.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Silsden.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)