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The Great Outdoors

Beautiful countryside, rolling hills and open moorland make outdoor sports in Bradford district an enjoyable experience.

From a short stroll along the Leeds Liverpool Canal to a hike on Ilkley Moor, there’s a walk for all abilities, as well as opportunities to enjoy sports like rock climbing, cycling and fishing.

A great place to start is Ilkley & Wharfedale, located within the Yorkshire Dales and within close proximity to the national park. Ilkley has an abundance of walking routes for all abilities, lots of walker friendly

accommodation and a network of well-maintained pathways.

In fact Ilkley has been recognised as a Walkers are Welcome town, an initiative that


promotes places that have something special to offer walkers. Lots of walking information is available at Ilkley Visitor Information Centre or at

Other sports can be enjoyed in the area too. Ilkley has some of the best grit stone bouldering in the country and the Cow and Calf Rocks on Ilkley Moor are just one place to try. Anglers will also find plenty of places to fish and permits for the River Wharfe are available at Ilkley Visitor Information Centre.

Nearby Brontë Country is also an attractive area for walking with its dramatic Pennine landscapes and breathtaking moorland. Why not take a walk along Haworth Moor to Top Withens, thought to be the inspiration for Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë’s classic novel.

There are also several long distance paths that pass through the district including the Ebor Way, the Brontë Way and the Bradford Millennium Way. Ilkley is the official start of the Dales Way, a 80 mile route from Ilkley to Bowness-on-Windermere.


For a more challenging route try the Dales High Way. This challenging 90 miles walk starts in Saltaire, through the high country of the Yorkshire Dales and finishes in Appleby in Cumbria. Return on England’s most beautiful train journey along the Settle-Carlisle line.

A great way to discover the district’s countryside is to join a guided walk. Bradford Council’s Countryside Service organises guided walks throughout the year with experienced guides who are very knowledgeable about local history and the countryside.


01 Above Lower Laithe reservoir, Stanbury. 02 Cycling on the towpath through Salts Mill. 03 Ilkley Moor. 04 Walking in St Ives, Bingley. 05 Signpost to the Pennine Way. 06 Top Withens.


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