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JACK'S WALKS AROUND SILSDEN by Jack. D. Pollard
JACK'S WALKS by Jack. D. Pollard
WALK No.1. 5 MILES. ALLOW 3 HOURS.
Starting at Silsden Co-op go up Hillcrest Avenue, at the top go left onto Back Lane, on the left go through the gate(way marked)then go to the right on the field to the corner, turn left up the hedge side to the footbridge on the right through the stile. Left up the field, at the top go to the right along the top of the fields to the stile on the left in the wall, then go right on the track, crossing the entrance to Hayhills Farm, then over the way marked stile across the bottom of the field, then go left up the field side to the bridge and the stile on the right near the top. Go on the field top to the stile and up the drive of Ivy House, at Pickersgill House go to the right across the front, over the stile, bearing left up the path to Dales Bank Farm (refreshments can be obtained here). Cross over the drive, over the fence stile in front of you and on over the fields keeping to the wall and hedge side then to a stile in the wall on the right in front at Foster Cliffe Farm, go over then along the top of the field to the further stile and bridge leading to Foster Cliffe Farm North. Go through the gate (Way marked) round the back of the house following marks, then keeping fence on the right go down the field, near the bottom on the right, go down the steep bank to the wall stile, pass through, then go left, following the stream to the right, to the footbridge cross, then go to the right a few yards then left up the hill, at the top follow the fence and wall side over several stiles to Low Cringles Farm and into Bolton Road back down to Silsden.
WALK No.2. 5½ MILES. ALLOW 3½ HOURS.
Start at Wesley Street Car Park, Silsden. Go over the footbridge into the park, go to left pass the bowling green, at the top go up Hawber Cote Drive. At the top go over the stile and follow way marked path up two fields and stiles into Hawber Lane. Go up the lane, through Swatha Hamlet to Brownbank Lane. Go left here, then right on the drive crossing the front of Wellhouse Farm to the way marked gate ahead, go through the gate and round the duck pond to the gate in the corner on the left opposite, pass along the field on the wall side, go left at the end, then go right over the stile in the wall. Follow along the field side to the end of the wall then go right to the top of the field over the stile at the side of the gate then go right and follow the sign up the hill turn left at the wall over the stile in the corner. Cross over the top of the quarry; keep away from the edge and over the fence stile, and then go over the high wall stile in front of you. Keeping to the left, go to and over the stile in the far corner of the field. Go forward again taking the path to the right into Lippersley Lane then go left down the hill to Bolton Road. Here you go left, turning right into Cringles Lane then go straight on until you see the footpath sign on the left, go down to Walton Hole Farm (derelict) go past the farm and through the gate then over the bridge. Go straight up the hill and near the top look out for a gate in the hedge on the left, go through, carry straight on and through the gate on the right, then go left, down the track through gate. Turn left here, but after a few yards, go right down to the bridge and stile, across the field top over the stile, then go forward to the stile slightly to the right, on then over three more stiles in line to Dales Bank Farm (Refreshments obtainable)on the left. Go down the side of the house, over the stile, down the path and over the stile to Pickersgill House pass the front of the house, then go left, down the drive to Ivy House and over the stile at the bottom turning right along the field top to the stile and a bridge. Keep left down the field side, turning right at the bottom then over a further stile at Hayhills Farm. Cross across the entry into the lane opposite. After a few yards, go over the stile on the left, down the field side to the stile and sleeper bridge, cross the bridge, then go right on the field over the stile, keeping the wood to the left, over the stile, go left down the field side to the bottom of the wood, until you are following Hayhills Beck, go left over the bridge, following the path to the right up the hill into Browcliffe and North Street go down to the town centre.
WALK No.3. 4¾ MILES. ALLOW 4 HOURS.
Start at Wesley Street Car Park, Silsden. Go up to top of the car park, into Banklands Lane, then go up Hawber Cote Drive. At the top go over the stile, up the fields at the top, go left over the stile and up the “ginnel” (walled path) over the stile at the top, then go along the track to the left passing Haw Farm. Cross the road, go up the drive past High Swatha-Farm, follow the way marks, turn right then left over a stile, down the fields through another stile. Go up the field to the stile in the top right corner, then go left over two further stiles to North End Farm, through two stiles in front of you, then through the gate on the right. Here you go left up the fields and stiles to Lightbank Lane. Get your breath back, then go left to the stile on the right and go up The Nab. At the top take in the superb views (making the climb worthwhile). Go forward along the wall side until a stile on right takes you up Wingate Nick! At the top, again take in the views, this time of Wharfedale. Follow the path to left to a cleft on left (Millstone Lumps on map) go down off moor top to a gate in the wall, over a field then go to the left of Slade, over the wall stile, then go to the left through the stile to the left and then over three stiles in line opposite Hang Goose Farm go over the stile then go left over a further stile, cross the road, go over the stile, down the field to the Caravan Site. Go straight forward on the path, at the end, go through the gate in the corner cross the path over the stile then go left down the wall side back to High Swartha Farm then back to Silsden the way you came!
WALK No.4. 5¼ MILES. ALLOW 3 HOURS.
Leave Wesley Street Car Park, Silsden via the park up to Banklands Lane at the top, go right over two stiles and fields to Drabb - Le House Farm. Go left up Horber Lane into Swartha Hamlet and follow the lane to a track on the right leading to High Swartha Farm then as for walk No.3. to North End Farm. After going through the top gate, go over the stile the on the right, into the field, bearing left to the ladder stile in the wall near Crag Top Farm into Light Bank Lane. Go right to the farm track on the left follow the track on to Doubler Stones Farm, go right through the farmyard (way marked) through two gates, down the field, over the stile to Far Ghyll Grange farm. Turn right on the track to Ghyll Grange Farm. Follow the track round to the left of the farm through the gate then go right, down the track (way marked) through a further gate then go right down to, and over the bridge at Holden Beck, go right on the path over the stile at the end through Jacobs Wood to Holden Lane. Go right down the hill to Holden Bridge then right on up the hill to Tomlin Cote Lane. Go left for about 100 yards then go right over Silsden Golf Course (way marked) into Brunthwaite Lane, through the village then right to the start at Drabble House Farm, and so back into Silsden.
WALK No.5. 6½ MILES. ALLOW 4HRS.
Start at Wesley Street Car Park, then go up the park to the top and turn right onto Banklands Lane (way marked). Go across the fields on the path to Drabble House Farm, into Hawber Lane. Go left up to Swartha Hamlet and pass by Swartha House Farm, then go through a stile on the right, down the side of the field and at the bottom go through stile then go left, then to the right over the stile leading into ”Fairy-Wood”. Tiptoe Through The Bluebells in season, down to the footbridge over the beck (Good picnic site) go over the bridge and up the path, keep the aqueduct on your right. At the top go over the stile, go on the path along the field bottom to Townhead Farm. (The farmer gave permission to go round either side of farm, where there is least mud in wet weather) and into Brunthwaite Lane. Turn right, then left, over the (way marked) path across Silsden Golf Course turn right into Tomlin Cote Lane. After 200 yards go left over the stile (marked) and over the stile on the right down the field over a 2nd stile, down to Holden Lane. Go left up the hill to a path on the right along the field, over a stile then up the path on the left, leading to a further path going right through the wood. At the end of the path go over the stile, then bear right on path to the Golf Course, go through the gate, and then keep right along the wall side, go down the hill, follow the markers, to pass across the front of the Club House then turn right and down to, and over Booths Canal Bridge. Turn right then follow the tow path back to Silsden. Watch out for Woodpeckers in the wood and Herons & Kingfishers on the canal.
WALK No. 6. 1¼ MILES.
From Silsden's Clog Bridge, go under the Canal into Hainsworth Road, (behind Bridge Inn). This is a fairly quiet and flat road. After you pass the new property, there are hedges each side, home to wild birds, in the bordering fields cattle graze. Continue along for a quarter of a mile to a road on the left, which leads up to the canal. Here we can choose to go left on towpath, taking the first turn-off on the left to get back to the start, or go over the canal up to Holden Lane, turning left back to the start in Silsden. The first part of this road has no footpath however! So keep to the right to face oncoming traffic and avoid being taken by surprise by traffic from behind!
WALK No.7. 3¼ miles. Allow 2¼ hrs.
Start at Wesley Street, go down Kirkgate and turn left at Clog Bridge, then take the first right under the canal, along Hainsworth Road. After passing new road on the right, continue and turn down next right turn, Henhouse Lane, to Fairdale Bungalow. Cross over the yard through the gate, cross straight over the field and through the stile opposite in the hedge. Then go forward round the new store and over six stiles in line over the fields to the field adjacent to Howden House and a stable. Bear right through two further stiles (way marked) and fields, through a further stile in the opposite corner of the field, keeping the hedge on your right to the stile on your right. Go through, and bear left to the stile in the right of the field corner, then go straight on and through the old stone stile, bearing left over a footbridge and two gates to Keighley Road. Cross over the road and go through the stile down to the River Aire turning right on the path over three stiles. At Woodside Gill Beck turn right up to the canal and then right back to Silsden.
WALK No.8. 7 MILES. ALLOW AT LEAST 4 HRS.
Leave Silsden by Bridge, Chapel & North Streets. On the way note the ancient houses in this old part of town. At the top of the hill go left a few yards on Breakmore Avenue to the footpath on the left. Follow the path to the right down the hill, over the bridge, and through the stile on the right. Go up the hill, keeping Brow Wood on your right, over two stiles. At the top of the wood keep to the right of the hedge, and cross over Sleeper Bridge and the stile on the left. Then go up the field and over the wall stile, then go right on the track, crossing a farm entry to the way marked stile in front of you. Cross the field and turn left up the side nearly to the top, then over a bridge in a ditch and a stile, continue along the top of the field, up the steps and up the drive of Ivy House. At the top pass Pickersgill House into Low Lane. Turn right to the stone stile on the left, cross up the fields over the bridge and stiles into Horn Lane, turn right and then up Kiln Hill Lane on the right. Continue up to the Silsden Boundary at Moorgate Farm. Take the track on the right through the gates, pass by Crow Tree Farm, and Jenkin House until Ridge Lane is reached, turn right and after a few yards turn left through Schoolmaster Place Farm. Go between the farm and the house through the gates, at the field bear slightly to right across to the stile in the bottom, into Walkers Lane, left turn and continue to the path on the right leading down to Walton Hole Farm (16th century building). Go past, through the gate, then over the bridge and up the hill. Watch out for a small gate on left of the field in the hedge, go through, then go along the top of the field and over the stile on the right, going left on the track, through the gate at the end, turning left and shortly after go left through the gate to further way marked gates round the back of Foster Cliff Farm, turning right down the field side, following way marks to a point nearly at the bottom on the right, over the stone wall stile at the bottom of the banking. Over, then follow the stream to the right over boggy ground to the footbridge, cross over and go right a few yards, following the marked path to the left up the hill, and continue with a hedge or wall on the side down the valley over several stiles to Low Cringles Farm and into Bolton Road right back into Silsden.
WALK No.9. 4 MILES. ALLOW 3Hrs.
If undertaken on a regular basis the walk should loose a few pounds!
Leave Kirkgate Silsden, turning left on Howden Lane, then go left up Hawber Lane, taking a right into Brunthwaite Village (Some lovely old buildings here). Carry on; keeping to the right facing oncoming traffic, up Brunthwaite Lane pass the Golf Course, you are now on the “murder mile”. It’s a long pull up the hill, hence the name, so take your time, have a few stops both to enjoy the views and to get your breath back! At the top turn left along Lightbank Lane, enjoy the views. At the end turn left onto Brownbank Lane, continue until you turn left down Swartha Lane, then go right along Howden Lane back into Silsden.
SOME PEOPLE PREFER TO WALK IT IN REVERSE TRY IT!
WALK No.10. APPROX 12½ Miles. ALLOW 6 HOURS-A FULL DAY WALK!
Leave Wesley St Car Park, Silsden, and go up Bolton Rd towards Addingham. Just past the electricity sub-station turn right up the Signed Path, up the side of the allotments. At the top, go over the stile, up the field side, over the stile at the top into ”ginnel” or walled path, over the stile at the top, and bear left on the path past Haw Farm. Cross over the road, and up the farm track passing High Swartha Farm. Follow the way marks at the top to the left along the wall, up Brownbank, turning right through two stiles, on the path through the Caravan Park, at the end go over the stile, then go up field to the stile at the top. Cross the road, over the stile opposite, then over the stile in the wall to the right across the field. Go left and then straight forward over three more stiles, and fields in line to Slade House over the wall stile and then left to a further stile into Moorside Lane, go right on the road leading to Addingham Moorside. On reaching the end at Upper Gatecroft Farm, turn right on the track; continue on to pass through the yard of Crag House Farm, through two gates. Follow the well defined path, then through the stile on the left. Go on over the fields toward the woods then cross the stile in the facing wall on the left. Pass the house on the left, through the electric gate and down the road, turning right up the path at Heber’s Ghyll. This is a landscaped ravine, all winding paths and bridges, with some rare trees and shrubs, at the top is an ideal spot for a break for lunch. Afterwards take the path to the right to the moor top path along the escarpment, on the way examine the “Swastika Stone” a relic of ancient people, the use of which is open to speculation, Boundary Marker, way marker you name it! Continue over several stiles until at the Silsden Boundary, you pick up the yellow and red markers go on down Whindgate Nick over the stile at the bottom, then left on the path to The Nab down to Lightbank Lane. Go left to first path on right, down the fields to the gate into North End Farm. Pass the front of the farm, and then go right down the fields over two stiles, turn right over the stile, then down the field to the right bottom corner and over the stile, up the field to the stile and following the way marks pass High Swarth Farm then re-trace your steps back to Silsden.
WALK No.11. 9¾ MILES. ALLOW AT LEAST 6 HRS.
Follow as for walk No.8. From Silsden to Moorgate Farm at town boundary. Go over the stile on the left of the farm, up the fields, keep to wall side. Halfway up 2nd field, at the barn, bear off to the top left corner and over the stile in the corner. Go right up the banking to the stile in the middle of the wall at the top, then up the hill veering left around boggy Black Syke. Follow the wall with Standard Crag at the top of the hill on the right, to the stile in the corner. This is a good spot for a break, and for views of Airedale. From here go down the hill parallel to the wall on the left, to the stile in the wall corner, continue down the hill to a wall facing you, turn to right and go through the gate into the Ancient Roman Road. Go to the right, up the hill until you see a large fir plantation on left, and in the lay-bye on right go through a gate. Turn to the left for 300 yards, and then turn right over a sleeper bridge in the valley bottom. Cross the bridge and bear left up the hill to a gate at top left of the field. Turn right through the gate, down the field with the fence on the left, over the stile at the bottom, heading to a gate at the corner of the fir plantation. Go on the road, through a further gate, and through a small gate in the wall opposite, into the paddock. Cross the paddock and through a gate in the left corner. Go right and go behind Snow Hill Farm down the fields to the wall stile, then straight down the next field through the gate and down the track into Ridge Lane. Go down and left into Schoolmaster Place Farm then follow as for Walk No.8. back to Silsden. Should you be tired at the Roman Road you can turn left at “Jenny Gill” and go down into Skipton, and get a train or bus home!
WALK No.12. 6½ miles. ALLOW 3½ HOURS.
Leave Silsden by Kirkgate, go over the canal and down Keighley Rd. At the river turn to the right over the stile and follow the riverside path (way marked in part) Going right around the flood banks, then on the well defined path to Kildwick (Watch out for resident Herons, Kingfishers, and large pike laying in the shallows). At Kildwick turn right up through the church yard (well worth a look), and over the canal footbridge then up Parsons Walk (the vicarage used to be at the top),to Skipton Road then turn left, after 100yds take the path to the right (signed to Farnhill Moor) Up the hill, bearing left at fork, up the path to Jubilee Tower at the top of the hill. This is a good spot for a break, and to enjoy the spectacular views of Airedale. You now turn right on the path over the moor to Long Cairn, then forward on the path then to the right, going downhill and watching out for a path on left through the bracken to a stile over the boundary wall. Turn left on the path on Kildwick Moor to the ladder stile in right corner at the top, go over then up the field to the stile, and up field to the wall corner stile. Over and up the wall side into Jackson’s Lane, turn right and down into the entry of Bloomer Hill Farm, follow the path across the front of the house, go through the gate, across the field top, over the stile across the road, down the track to the left and rear of Bridge House Farm. Go through the gate, then down the field to the wall stile to the left of the gate. Go down the field side and over the stile on the right at the bottom, go left down the wall side to a gate on the left, go through the gate then bear right down to the bottom of the field, over the bridged ditch and a stile. Cross over the field to the right of an old hedge, then over the stile at the side of the gate, down the field side to Bracken Hill Farm Yard. Go to your left, across the front of the Farmhouse, over the stile, then right over the stile and down the field keeping to left side. At the bottom, go through the gate, over the stream and forward over the Village Green, back into Silsden.
WALK No.13. Approx 13 MILES. A FULL DAY WALK!
From the Canal Bridge in Silsden, take the towpath towards Keighley. At Booths Bridge (opposite Keighley golf course) Cross the bridge and go up, turning left across The Club House of Riddlestone Golf Club. Keeping to the left hand wall, go to the top, then again follow the wall side to the gate, going left up the path, and over a wall stile at the top into Alder Carr Wood. Follow the path to the right through the wood and when nearly at the end, go down a path on the left (marked), turning right at the bottom, along the wall to and over a stile and a field to Holden Lane. Go right up the hill over a stile on the left, then on the path, keeping to left (way marked) up Jacob’s Wood, At the top go over the stile, then forward, through the gate to the Waterfall and Ford at Lumb Bridge. Go over the bridge to the right of the Aqueduct up the hill, and at the top turn right, through the gate into the lane to a gate on the left (marked) follow lane round the farm buildings to the road, then go right along the road passing Ghyll Grange Farm to (after a while) Far Ghyll Grange Farm. At this point go through the gate at the back of the farm, and up the fields (marked) into the yard of Doubler Stones Farm. After leaving go over the road, then up the moor, The Doubler Stones on the right make a nice spot for a break. Then go on up the moor through the gate, forward over a wall stile, continue on to the top of the escarpment before turning left on the path, and going down Whingate Nick. At the bottom over the stile, then go left on the path to, and down The Nab End into Lightbank Lane, turn right and at the end cross the road and go up passing Sea Moor House on the bridleway to a stile in the wall in front of you (where the bridleway turns right). Go on down the fields over three more stiles all in line down to Fishbeck Lane. Turn right on the lane, at the end cross Bolton Road, then go left a few yards, follow the path through the yard of Low Cringles Farm (marked) turning right, over a number of stiles but keeping to the field side, up the valley, down the path and over the bridge in Great Ghyll, keep on to the right over a boggy section turn left at the wall in front, and over the stile on right. Follow the path up the steep banking and turn left at the top, then up the fields, through the marked gates around Foster Cliff Farm North, cross the drive, then go down the path to the bridge and stile on the left, carry on along the field top, passing Foster Cliff Farm South then over the stile, turning right over a further stile at the field top and into the road. Turn left to a wall stile on the right and up the fields, through the gates, stiles and turn to the right at the road, then at the top turn left to the stile in a gateway on the left. Go on down the fields to Lower Heights Farm, and follow the way marks to the left of the buildings, down the cart track, at the bottom go through the gate, and go straight forward, then over a wall stile in front across the field. Carry straight on over the stiles and bridge into Hole Lane. Turn to right up the road to the wall stile on the left, and follow the path to the bottom left corner of the field through the stile in the corner at the hedge bottom, then straight through the gate opposite. Follow the path to left down the fence side, over the stile at the bottom, down to the stile and across the forded stream. Continue up the path to the right, over the stile (way marked) then up the field to the derelict Tar Topping Farm. Go left down the field side, at the bottom over the stile in the wall on the right. Cross the field diagonally to the fence stile then turn left down the lane to the road, turning right to the stile on the left near the gate. Go down the fields over the stiles to Wood-side Farm, and then follow way marks round the farm to the canal bridge and then on the towpath back to Silsden.