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Two Becks and Shipley Glen

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Two Becks and Shipley Glen
Author: WalkInYorkshire, Published: 23 May 2012 Walk Rating:star1 Two Becks and Shipley Glen Walking Guide star1 Two Becks and Shipley Glen Walking Guide star1 Two Becks and Shipley Glen Walking Guide star1 Two Becks and Shipley Glen Walking Guide star0 Two Becks and Shipley Glen Walking Guide
West Yorkshire, BD16
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Two Becks and Shipley Glen
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Two Becks and Shipley Glen Walking Guide boot Two Becks and Shipley Glen Walking Guide boot Two Becks and Shipley Glen Walking Guide
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This is a stroll in typical South Pennine countryside marked with dry stone walls, causeway, moorland, woodland, waterfall and reservoirs. You will mostly follow two becks across farm fields overlooking the Baildon Moor and Bingley Moor and then at the end will be the highlight of the journey, Shipley Glen.

There are several kissing gates and stiles, including some over dry stone walls which are a little tricky to cross. You'll also be sharing some of the route with livestock so take care with dogs. Refreshments and toilets will be available at the Acorn pub as well as The Old Glen House pub.

By bus, it’s 15 minutes from Bingley Train Station. Bus stop is Eldwick, Otley Road Spring Lane, line 622 or 623. It's a short distance from the start of the walk which is at the Acorn pub car park. Lots of parking space there if you come by car. Approximate post code BD16 3AW.

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Walk Sections

Along The Green from The Acorn pub car park
Along The Green from The Acorn pub car park

Start point: 53.8617 lat, -1.8109 long
End point: 53.8642 lat, -1.8146 long

Once you leave the Acorn, the start of this walk is on a well surfaced track called The Green with a small ascent. Follow the track up to a junction with a dirt track.

Photo: The Green / Author: Cedric Farineau

From The Green towards Tewitt House
From The Green towards Tewitt House

Start point: 53.8642 lat, -1.8146 long
End point: 53.8647 lat, -1.817 long

At the junction, take the left turn. You will then be on a steeper track with a rough surface leading towards Tewitt House

Photo: dirt track leading to Tewitt House / Author: Cedric Farineau

The Monksway up to the Compensation Reservoir
The Monksway up to the Compensation Reservoir

Start point: 53.8647 lat, -1.817 long
End point: 53.8667 lat, -1.8154 long

After the steep ascent and once you have Tewitt House in view, look for a path on your right. It is called the Monksway. Do not go up to the farm! Take the Monksway which is a really beautiful straight causeway flanked with high dry-stone walls on both sides. It will lead you up to the Compensation Reservoir.

Photo: The Monksway / Author: Cedric Farineau

Compensation Reservoir to Otley Road
Compensation Reservoir to Otley Road

Start point: 53.8667 lat, -1.8154 long
End point: 53.8687 lat, -1.8117 long

Before you arrive at the Compensation Reservoir, you will have to cross the Loadpit Beck at a ford. After that the track will look much more accessible. Have a look at the reservoir from the top and continue on the track up to Otley Road.

Photo: Compensation Reservoir / Author: Cedric Farineau

Otley Road to Toils Farm
Otley Road to Toils Farm

Start point: 53.8687 lat, -1.8117 long
End point: 53.8704 lat, -1.8093 long

Be careful once you arrive on Otley Road, it can be really busy at times and cars can't really see you in the bend (especially those coming from the left). So turn left on Otley Road and then right to make your way to Toils Farm. Once there go through the courtyard between the farm buildings on the left and the actual accommodation on the right. You should find a stile in the middle of the fence (see picture). Go over it.

Photo: stile at Toils Farm / Author: Cedric Farineau

Toils Farm to Dales Way Link
Toils Farm to Dales Way Link

Start point: 53.8704 lat, -1.8093 long
End point: 53.8711 lat, -1.805 long

After Toils Farm you will soon join the Dales Way Link (Bradford-Ilkley). The Dales Way is a famous long distance footpath from Ilkley to Windermere. There are three stiles on this section, two of which go over dry-stone walls and aren't really easy to cross, so take extra care. The first one goes over a fence and lands you in a small wooded area. The second one is through some bushes and you will land in a field that can be boggy at times. Just follow the wall on your right up to the other side of the field where you will find the second stile. Cross it and you will be on a well surfaced track.

Photo: view of Baildon Moor from Toils Farm / Photo: Cedric Farineau

Dales Way Link to open field before Golcar Farm
Dales Way Link to open field before Golcar Farm

Start point: 53.8711 lat, -1.805 long
End point: 53.8683 lat, -1.8031 long

You are now at the northernmost point of your journey. Time to go south! Go right along the track towards the houses. Pass the houses on your left and you should see a gate in front of you at the end of the surfaced track. Open the gate (don't forget to shut it) and you are now in a field track with a fence on your left and a dry stone wall on your right. You should have a really nice view of Baildon Moor in front of you. Carry on all the way down the track up to another gate. There is a stile between the gate and the wall on your right. Go over it and you are now in an open field.

Photo: view of Baildon Moor / Author: Cedric Farineau

Open field before Golcar Farm to Glovershaw
Open field before Golcar Farm to Glovershaw

Start point: 53.8683 lat, -1.8031 long
End point: 53.8614 lat, -1.8017 long

Once you are in the field, you should see a sign post on your right (see picture). You will need to take the South East direction (Public Bridleway - Dales Way Link) across the field towards a gate. There might be some livestock in the field so be careful. At the gate you should see a stile on the left, go over it and you will land on a field track with a fence on your left. Carry on all the way to a gate. Open it (don't forget to shut it) and now the pathway veers right. Carry on to another stile. You now arrive behind Golcar Farm and soon will see a metallic fence. Open it (don't forget to shut it) and soon will find yourself on a well surfaced access road. Golcar Farm is actually a rescue and training centre for Border Collies, the famous sheepdogs. Go down the access road now. Once at the main road, be careful there is often a lot of traffic.

Photo: Dales Way Link sign post in a field / Author: Cedric Farineau

Glovershaw to Shipley Glen
Glovershaw to Shipley Glen

Start point: 53.8614 lat, -1.8017 long
End point: 53.8551 lat, -1.804 long

Cross the road in front of the farm building - you should see a Public Footpath sign. There behind a holly bush is a small opening in the dry stone wall. Go through it and around the farm building to find yourself on a pathway following down the Glovershaw Beck. Just follow this beautiful pathway down and you should eventually arrive at a waterfall. After the waterfall the pathway leaves the beck going up where you should see a metallic gate followed by three steps behind. After that you will be in the Open Countryside Land. Just go up on the track and you should find yourself on Shipley Glen next to a surfaced road.

Photo: Waterfall on Glovershaw Beck / Author: Cedric Farineau

Shipley Glen to The Old Glen House
Shipley Glen to The Old Glen House

Start point: 53.8551 lat, -1.804 long
End point: 53.8459 lat, -1.799 long

Shipley Glen was formed when the ice sheet of the last ice age started melting and made large rivers – now the small becks you've been following on this walk. The surface was completely eroded and exposed the rough stones that you can see today. This beauty spot has been used for quite a long time and was really famous during Victorian times when a tramway was even built to come up here from Saltaire (The Shipley Glen Tramway). If you have some time take a visit to the Bracken Hall Countryside Centre and Museum, the building located on the other side of the road. It will give you more information about this area. After that make your way to towards the Old Glen House pub at the far end of Shipley Glen.

Photo: Shipley Glen / Author: Cedric Farineau

The Old Glen House to Trench Wood and Reservoir
The Old Glen House to Trench Wood and Reservoir

Start point: 53.8459 lat, -1.799 long
End point: 53.8463 lat, -1.8057 long

Go down the public footpath behind the pub in the woods. It's quite a steep and rough surface so be careful not to trip. Walk down up to a junction and turn right in the Trench Wood. It's a beautiful wood with tall oak trees. The path will take you to a small reservoir built in Victorian times when Saltaire was built.

Photo: Trench Wood / Author: Cedric Farineau

Trench Wood and Reservoir to Sheriff Lane
Trench Wood and Reservoir to Sheriff Lane

Start point: 53.8463 lat, -1.8057 long
End point: 53.847 lat, -1.8083 long

Pass the reservoir and go up the footpath. It's quite a steep path but you will have a beautiful view over Saltaire. At the junction take right still going up and all the way to a beautiful metallic kissing gate (see picture). You are now on Sheriff Lane. Carry on a little bit further and you should see a house on your right in the distance. The Public Right of Way follows the wall on the right towards the house. You will need to go through a gate first. Now make your way towards the house walking along the wall on your right up to a fence where there is a small opening. Go through and you will now find yourself in the house courtyard. Once there you will see a sign "No Public Right of Way this side. Footpath => turn right between garages". Just follow the sign and go towards the garages. At the end of the footpath between the garages is a gate and you are now in the wood on the other side of Shipley Glen.

Photo: Metal kissing gate on Sheriff Lane / Author: Cedric Farineau

Sheriff Lane to Eldwick and back to the start
Sheriff Lane to Eldwick and back to the start

Start point: 53.847 lat, -1.8083 long
End point: 53.8573 lat, -1.8068 long

After the gate go left - you should be able to hear the river down the steep hill on your right. The pathway is quite uneven with a lot of tree roots and follows a dry stone wall on the left almost all the way to Loadpit beck. Once there you are walking on Saltaire Road which is a well surfaced road. You will soon be in Eldwick. Once you arrive on Otley Road turn right (there is a church across the road) and then down the road turn left on The Green to go back to the Acorn pub.

Photo: Shipley Glen on the other side / Author: Cedric Farineau

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