10.15 a.m. for 10.30 a.m start.
Northcliffe and Heaton Woods, Shipley
5¾ to 6 miles; 21/2 hours.
Generally easy going with a few short undulations.
The route covers part of the April walk, but not the steps to Heaton!
The walk commences at the ‘Ring O’ Bells’ BD18 3PR on the A650 at the Bradford Road/Kirkgate junction approaching Saltaire.
The walk takes us towards Saltaire, up Grosvenor Road to a short climb into Northcliffe (Norman Rae) playing fields. We then walk down through the playing fields to the entrance to Northcliffe Woods. We then walk up through Northcliffe Woods, passing the miniature railway line to the foot of the steps leading to Northcliffe Golf Club. Turning left here, we ascend to cross the golf course via a public footpath and into Shay Lane which we follow to Heaton Royds (Six Days Only). The route then takes us down a public footpath to the top of Redburn Drive (near those steps!). However we turn right here and go up through Heaton Woods (historically brick works and coal mines) to exit into Shay Lane. A short undulation here back towards Six Days Only and then back across the golf course to the steps at the foot of Northcliffe Golf Club. Up these long wide steps to the top of Northcliffe playing fields, crossing towards the starting point at the top of Grosvenor Road and back the pub.
Starting point – Ring O Bells, 3 Bradford Road, Shipley, BD18 3PR. Location Map
From Bradford, heading towards Keighley on the A650 and towards Saltaire, the pub is on the right hand side at the Bradford Road/Kirkgate junction; traffic lights at this point. There is a small car park at the rear of the pub, accessed from Kirkgate, so turn right at the lights and then almost immediately right again into the car park; car sharing would be ideal due to the size of the car park. If this is full, then there is on street parking in Farfield Road which is almost directly opposite the pub on Bradford Road, but a left turn at the lights is needed.
The pub, The Ring O Bells, (no web site) offers a selection of cask beers with a good range of bar snacks and meals. Usual arrangement in selecting our meal(s) before setting off on the walk.
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