4.1 of 5 (3 votes)

Ilkley Amble

A leisurely walk (countryside) in Bradford, England, about 9.10km (5.65 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:45h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 117m (383ft)
Descent 113m (370ft)
Max. Elevation 180m (590ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 230m (753ft)
Start & End
Ilkley Rail/Bus Station
Distance 9.10km
Duration ~2:45h
2Created by mac.hawk on 24 Nov 2015
A leisurely amble through woodland & farmland on 't'other side of the River Wharfe' from Ilkley. At Point 7 there is currently (Nov 2015) an interesting detour onto the site of the old Middleton (isolation) Hospital (soon to be redeveloped). Ilkley is on the Airedale railway line with services from Leeds & Bradford. Buses from all surrounding areas (see WYMETRO.COM). Route is approx 6 1/2 miles.

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Walk Map

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OS Grid SE118476
Leave the rail/bus station and turn right down Brook Street. At the cross roads carry on ahead downhill (New Brook Street) and cross the River Wharfe.
OS Grid SE116480
Take access on the right down to the river bank and follow it downstream, passing the sports fields to eventually reach a footbridge over the river. Don't cross, turn left into Middleton Woods.
About 0.41 km (~0.25 miles) from
OS Grid SE122485
Head NW uphill through Stubham Wood, reach a road and directly cross to enter Middleton Wood.
About 0.73 km (~0.45 miles) from
OS Grid SE120488
The path follows the northern edge of the wood before veering left to rise briefly to reach a stile into an open field. Follow the path across the field to a stile to the right of a wide gate.
About 0.28 km (~0.17 miles) from
OS Grid SE113491
At the road turn right and follow heading towards the village of Middleton.
About 0.80 km (~0.5 miles) from
OS Grid SE122491
At the crossroads turn left & follow the road. Just after the next junction take a RoW path on the right across the centre of a field then cross 2 more fields with wall on right to reach woodland.
About 0.90 km (~0.56 miles) from
OS Grid SE128494
Cross the stile to enter the wood and follow the path to cross Bow Beck, shortly after which cross open field. Enter more woodland briefly before exiting to follow field perimeter on right.
About 0.69 km (~0.43 miles) from
OS Grid SE138491
At field corner cross into adjacent field and take waymarked path along northern perimeter of field to reach Denton Road.
About 1.00 km (~0.62 miles) from
OS Grid SE142490
Turn right and at the T-juction turn right again and at the first bend in the road turn right along a wayposted footpath across fields towards Beck Foot Farm.
About 0.43 km (~0.27 miles) from
OS Grid SE134486
The RoW passes directly through the farm yard and down the access road to reach Carter's Lane.
About 0.84 km (~0.52 miles) from
OS Grid SE132484
Cross the lane and take the wayposted path across the northern perimeter of the first field, then diagonally left across the field to join the road which follows the river upstream to the footbridge.
About 0.29 km (~0.18 miles) from
OS Grid SE122484
Cross the river via the footbridge and follow the riverside path back into Ilkley.
About 0.99 km (~0.62 miles) from
OS Grid SE116479
Exit the riverside via the steps by the road bridge and retrace your route back to the Bus/Railway station.
About 0.73 km (~0.45 miles) from
OS Grid SE119475
Walk is (without detours) approx 6 1/2 miles long.
About 0.48 km (~0.3 miles) from

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