Walk #97: Shipley and Baildon Moor circular.
Map of the walk
Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.
A business trip to Shipley gave me the opportunity to do a walk once the first day of the trip had ended early. There is a hill that looms to the north of Salt's Mill in Saltaire that I had noticed before and have had a yearning to climb for some time. Once the meeting had finished I walked back along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal from Salt's Mill to the Holiday Inn in Shipley, got changed into some walking gear (which by chance I had with me), and headed off.
The first part of the walk on the ascent up to Baildon Moor is through some built up - but nonetheless fairly attractive - areas. Once you are approaching the farms at the top of the hill the housing stops and suddenly you find yourself on open moorland.
After walking across the moor the descent down can be made via Shipley Glen, which is a beautiful wooded valley running alongside Loadpit Beck. This valley appears to be very popular with joggers, horse riders, dog walkers and also, unfortunately, joy riders. On a particularly scenic section at the top of the hill there were the remains of a burnt-out car, which was a salutary reminder of how near this walk is to the Bradford / Leeds conurbation.
From the Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Shipley (a few minutes walk from Shipley station), leave the complex and head south along the A6038 dual carriageway. After crossing over the River Aire, take the first left down Green Lane. Follow the road as it bends to the right and then left. Follow it uphill as it bends right past a phone box. A short distance uphill from here is the Cricketers Arms Public House on the right hand side of the road.
Opposite the pub there is a road (Bankside Terrace) that heads away to the left. Go to the top of this short road and then pass behind the terraced houses. At the end of the terrace a path starts to lead to the right steeply uphill. Follow this path for a short distance, and where it meets another path at a T-junction take the path that heads to the left along a shallower gradient uphill.
Turn right to join a tarmac path (Hardaker Lane) that heads northwards. At the end of the lane turn right, and follow the road around as it bends to the left and then almost immediately turn right onto a busier road. Pass a reservoir and opposite a school take a footpath leading off northwards to the left.
At the end of the footpath turn right onto a road and follow it around. At a crossroads continue on to a T-junction. Turn left at this junction up the hill and when the road bends around to the right take a footpath that leads uphill to the left. This footpath brings you out at Dove Hall Farm. Turn right onto the driveway of the farm and follow it past Hope Farm. Just past this farm a path leads to the right and takes you past Baildon Hill. Many paths lead up to the trig point on the top of this hill.
From the trig point go downhill and walk past the farm and caravan site to the north at Dobrudden Farm. Continue to the north past the farm and down the hill to cross Glovershaw Lane at a cattle grid. Cross Glovershaw Lane and head to the north on the right-hand side of a stone wall across some waterlogged ground. When you reach another wall take a footpath to the left that heads southwest towards Golcar Farm.
When you reach Golcar Farm turn left down its drive and back to Glovershaw Lane. Cross the lane and take a footpath leading to the south downhill along a very pleasant streamside walk. Continue on down along the beautiful Shipley Glen. Once at the bottom cross a road and cross a bridge to reach the Leeds and Liverpool canal at Hirst Lock. Turn left along the canal and walk to the east back to the Holiday Inn in Shipley.
This makes a total distance of 7.7 miles, with 988 feet of ascent and 988 feet of descent.
I was staying at the Holiday Inn Express, Shipley. It is a reasonable hotel of its class, and which was even the better for the fact that my firm was paying for it.
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