This is a perfect walk if you want to feel away from it all without actually getting away from it all! There are lovely views and there are good paths, so great for a pram and a pooch.
Route: I followed the green trail on this map before dropping down and following the blue trail back along the river. It’s about 6km in total.
Facilities: At the visitor centre there are toilets, refreshments and a nature play area (so no slides, more about exploring). Along the walk there are plenty of benches to stop and enjoy a snack or picnic along with the views!
Parking: £4 all day or free for RSPB members.
Accessibility: Grit paths, suitable for a pram. A little uphill at the start but then flat or downhill the rest of the way round.
We’ve previously walked through Fairburn Ings when we did a circular route from Fairburn to Ledsham, but we’d not ventured to the west side before. It was much prettier than I realised, with great views.
I started by walking up the coal tips path- I turned right at the top of the hill to walk round the ponds. These pictures really don’t do the views justice!
Rather than doing the full route I continued along the path south west towards the river, then turning round just before the old bridge to follow the river path back. Truly gorgeous!
If you have little ones, you could try some of the activities closer to the vistor centre, read our previous blog post here.
- RSPB St Aiden’s
- Methley Estate from Woodlesford