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!
Our recent family walk was a stroll along the Leeds Liverpool canal from Bingley 5 rise locks to Saltaire. After doing the 2 Yorkshire Peaks the week before our blisters had subsided but we decided to have an easier walk this time.
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.
With the children staying at their Grandparent’s this weekend we were able to do a much bigger walk up two of Yorkshire’s famous peaks, Whernside and Ingleborough. After our walk last week to Brimham Rocks my back felt sore and with my hip progress being checked by my physio I mentioned it whilst I was there. I’d lifted my Daughter from a gate which it seemed had been a very bad idea and earned me a week off the gym, but walking is still allowed!
I’ve mentioned before that I wanted to do a charity trek and the first part of making that a reality was registering my place on a trek on the Great Wall of China in May 2017. I’ll be raising money for The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, a charity close to my heart because I suffered from one myself, and that’s what spurs me on to do this challenge. If I can raise awareness and vital funds for them I will be so pleased, so what’s a few blisters along the way?!
My fitness has really been improving over the year with our walks and a few gym sessions, but with my charity trek being booked I need to do a few bigger walks and it’s not fair to drag my little people along on these. Although I’m massively proud of how far they have been walking.
An early Sunday morning after a few days of rain we set off into the Yorkshire Dales for Ribblehead viaduct where our walk would start!
On the recent Bank Holiday Monday, we decided to have an adventure to Hardcastle Crags which is only about 40 minutes away from us. It’s a National Trust Site with scenic woodland, streams, weirs, stepping stones an old converted Mill, and plenty of footpaths. It sounded just our sort of place!
With it being on Bank holiday Monday and obviously a great place to get families out and about it proved to very popular and the carpark was heaving, with some interesting car parking manoeuvres witnessed we got a spot and headed off into the woods. There are information huts dotted about the car park and we picked up a leaflet with a map and a number of trails and footpaths marked. Hubby had also printed a walk off the internet and the intention was to use this and explore.
We chose the wide track leading into the woodland and followed this to Gibson Mill which has stood for 200 years and now houses a visitor centre and café. We were just going to have a look at what the café had to offer but the glorious looking cakes tempted us and we sat down for cakes and hot chocolate. Very naughty but delicious and there were some fab looking things on the menu should you want to have lunch here. My Daughter now had a chocolate smile and leggings covered in chocolate! Needing to work all the goodies off we headed back on the wide track to the right of the mill and followed it as it climbed high above the woodland. It was quite steep in places and having done our Brimham Rocks walk a few days before my little lady was beginning to complain a bit. Having had a little strop (maybe she was just too full of cake!) we all got to the top and once out of the trees a spectacular view greeted us and we got see for miles. We decided the random walk hubby had found on the internet was a bit vague so abandoned this to make up our own.
Our adventure this time took us to the beautiful Brimham rocks near Pateley Bridge, West Yorkshire. I’ve wanted to go here since I was a kid and have loved the pictures I’ve seen of the rock formations. It’s a National Trust site and we decided to use one of their suggested walks in the area. Being a bank holiday weekend it was very busy and after negotiating some hair raising roads on the way there I was worried we might be turned away at the carpark. Phew, a couple of spaces left and we could begin our adventure.
The instructions were easy to follow and at first we walked away from the rocks and made our way across heather moorland towards the National Trust boundary. The beautiful heather looked like a purple carpet that went on for miles! My little lady had dressed herself again wearing a favourite dress with bare legs, socks and walking boots. We had filled the rucksack with more appropriate clothing and after a few near misses with a thistle and a few nettles we persuaded her to add leggings to the ensemble! She was glad of it later on in our walk.
Away from the crowded car park the moorland and public footpaths here were deserted and we had the place to ourselves, able to see for miles we could see the iconic ‘golf balls’ of Menwith Hill in the distance.
Making our way through some farmland I was busy chatting away when suddenly something huge sprang up from the long grass. I yelped and it ran! The biggest hare I have ever seen was making a run for it. Sadly, the camera wasn’t out but it ran that fast I wouldn’t have got a picture. Apart from the hare the only other creature we saw was a very inquisitive cow and possibly a Buzzard hovering over a field.
Passing farm yards, we came across old machinery and an amusing old porta cabin! Could have done with the loo too but not to worry.
I'm a 'thirty something' Yorkshire Mum of two, recovering from two hip arthroscopies and hoping to get fit for a new challenge. My aim is to also get my kids out into the countryside and get fitter as a family. Follow my blog about hips, trips, training and getting my kids outside!
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