Our adventure this week took us Baildon and a walk on Baildon Moor and Shipley Glen. I found the walk on our local Bradford Council website countryside page and the walk itself has been devised by Baildon Walkers are Welcome group.
I’ve passed through Baildon a few times and knew there was a memorial in the centre of a roundabout, I didn’t know that it was locally known as The Potted Meat Stick! The kids thought this was hilarious and were eager to see what this potted meat stick looked like. Our walk started from the car park next to the roundabout, it was easy to find and is a pay and display car park. There was a bit of a market on when we visited and a band playing music. The local pies, pasties and cakes looked amazing. My Son’s eyes were out on stalks and he was desperate to buy a pie with his pocket money! We promised on the way back he could get one, but we would pay.
The instructions for the walk were really detailed and have to be the best instructions we’ve had for a while. A lot of our time spent on some of the walks has been spend deciphering what the instructions mean and comparing them to a map. We confidently strolled up to Baildon Moor, past the golf course, through farm land, over stiles and eventually we were at Shipley Glen. On the way a narrow path leads you through woodland at the side of a farm. It is a little spooky, especially if you’re 5 years old. My Daughter however soon forgot she was scared as she spotted a horse wearing pink shoes. Her two favourite things being pink and horses!
Following our instructions, we headed along the path by the side of the road down to pass Bracken Hall and then a little further was the Shipley Glen tramway. We’ll definitely have to come back and explore. This time we walked above the tramway to make our way into woodland and then onto Baildon Bank with its rocky cliffs. The change in seasons is definitely upon us and we had our first crunching of the leaves underfoot, and startled a squirrel.
My Son loved leaping from rock to rock but at times the path was narrow and didn’t do a lot for my blood pressure! Boys!!! Steep steps at the top of Baildon Bank led us onto a little path that eventually come out on to a little street leading us back to Baildon centre.
My Son was now on a mission to buy pies but wait…. oh no! The little market had packed up and gone and there wasn’t a pie to be seen.
We really enjoyed our walk and it was refreshing to have such good instructions. Why not check out your local council’s website and see if they have a countryside section with walk suggestions.
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