We drove to nearby Bingley for the start of our walk and the chilly day started to warm up nicely. As we walked to the swing bridge to cross the canal the kids were thrilled to see their first Narrow boat going down the locks.
The walk is easy with a bit of a steep descent to start with and only a few ups and downs. Just what the adult’s legs needed post Yorkshire Peaks! The kids were fascinated with the narrow boats and the locks, scaring me slightly as they peered into the water. A popular tow path with cyclists and runners led us towards Saltaire. We spotted Swans, Geese and Ducks and even a family canoeing! What I loved about this walk is that by the canal it was quite relaxing with only a few bike bells ringing now and again.
The temperature had certainly warmed up and we were soon stripping off the hoodies and applying the sun cream.
Being the first weekend of the festival it wasn’t as busy as we have seen it before and we walked up past the mill to discover the delights of a nearby bakery. I’d picked the wrong weekend for the handmade, food street market and the kids were a bit upset that they couldn’t spend their pocket money. However, my little lady picked a ‘Fat Tyke’ biscuit which was nearly as big her! I’m not sure if they’re just a Yorkshire thing but I’ve seen them before called ‘Fat rascals’, yummy. We walked around stopping to look at some fab local artist’s work and then made our way back to the canal side for our walk back, little lady stopping to look at the narrow boat handmade shop at pretty bracelets and pottery.
We parked on the side of the road just above the 5 Rise Locks at Bingley, there is a cafe on the canal side and walking towards Saltaire there are a couple of refreshment opportunities.
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