Half suburban half moorland, a diverse ride taking in Victorian architecture at Saltaire, with moorland, towpath and woodland singletrack sections, and a sewage works to boot.
There’s quite a bit of towpath involved, whatever your view we found it quite a pleasant change maintaining a decent speed compared with the perpetually uphill challenges the Yorkshire Dales offer.
No technical terrain in particular on this ride, but the climb to High Eldwick from Shipley Glen made us puff a bit. Overall, we loved it.
Total Distance: 20.2 Miles
Total Climbing: 3768 ft
Time: 3.05 hrs
Off-road: 15.2 mi
On-road: 5 mi
Climbing Distance: 8 mi
Descent Distance: 9.5 mi
Flat Distance: 2.7 mi
Terrain: Diverse! towpath, woodlands, tarmac, moorlands.
Start Point: Station Road, Esholt Village.
- The Avenue. Follow the tarmac private road past Esholt Sewage works, continue through the entire length of Esholt Woods.
- Exit Esholt, turn right onto the main road (A658 Apperley Bridge) a very short downhill, then turn right at the bridge onto Leeds Liverpool canal.
- Follow Leeds Liverpool canal to Saltaire and turn right over the bridge into Saltaire Park.
- Continue through park, climb Prod Lane – Bridleway onto Shipley Glen following signs for Shipley Glen Tramway.
- At the top of the Glen turn left onto Glen road tarmac, riding past Shipley Glen on your left. Approx 1/2 mile of tarmac turn right on the bridleway climbing past dobrudden Caravan park.
- Follow the track until it descends onto Bingley Road, Turn left onto Hawksworth Road, and left onto Sconce Lane bridleway.
- Turn left onto Otley road, turn left again (track) 100 meters before Dick Hudsons pub.
- Farmland track & right onto Spring Lane, Left Saltaire road into Glen Woods.
- Right turn (singletrack) just before Glen Pub. Return to Saltaire and Leeds Liverpool Canal).
- Continue towards start point on Canal, through Shipley.
- Left (over bridge) Buck Mill Lane onto Buck Lane.
- Right turn onto tarmac, A6038 Otley Road and first right onto Esholt Lane back to your start point.
Food & Stuff
There is The Commercial pub at Esholt Village your start/end point. Celebrated for being the set location for tv soap Emmerdale Farm (The Woolpack).
Midway: Dick Hudsons at High Eldwick or The Old Glen House at Shipley Glen both have pretty good views from the beer gardens and both do food.
You are of course only a couple of miles from Bradford, legendary for (amongst other things) it’s fine Asian Cuisine.