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5 of the best Boxing Day walks in Bradford and surrounding area

How many of these walking routes across Bradford would you like to explore this winter? <i>(Image: Getty)</i>
How many of these walking routes across Bradford would you like to explore this winter? (Image: Getty)

Do you follow the tradition of a Boxing Day walk with family and friends?

If you want some fresh air and a moment of peace after the madness of the festive period, there is plenty of outdoor space to wander across Bradford’s towns and villages.

From easy walking to some routes with a little bit more of a distance, there is a path to suit everyone.

Time to wrap up warm, grab a hot drink and see what your local parks and woodlands have to offer.

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Here is a selection of some of the best Boxing Day walks in and around Bradford according to AllTrails.

Some of the best Boxing Day walks in Bradford and the surrounding area

Apperley Bridge and Aire Valley Towpath Circular - Bradford

Distance: 9.8km

Route type: Circular

Difficulty: Moderate

“Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 2h 30mins to complete,” comments AllTrails.

“This trail is great for hiking, running, and walking, and it's unlikely you'll encounter many other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime.”

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Spring Wood Circular - Otley

Distance: 3.1km

Route type: Circular

Difficulty: Easy

This circular trail near Otley is generally considered an easy route and takes an average of 50 minutes to complete.

AllTrails explains: “If you fancy a trip out into nature, then you'll be sure to enjoy this 3km circular trail taking you to the most beautiful parts and views of the woods.

“An easy-going route which is suitable to most abilities, so a wonderful opportunity to get outdoors. An excellent place for wildlife spotting, bird watching and beautiful trees.”

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Esholt Circular (Buck Wood) 

Distance: 9.7km

Route type: Circular

Difficulty: Easy

“Starting near Dobson Locks, this route follows the towpath along Leeds and Liverpool Canal, before crossing Tin Bridge and joining the path alongside the River Aire on the field edges.

“The trail then joins the road to Esholt and returns to the start via Gill Lane and the canal once more.

“Keep an eye out for wildlife on the water and in the fields. Please note, parts of this trail are multi-user with cyclists, runners, and walkers on the paths.

“Take care on the rougher sections, especially in wetter conditions, and on the roads. Appropriate footwear is advised.”

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Shipley, Baildon and Saltaire Circular – Northcliffe Park

Distance: 14.6km

Route type: Circular

Difficulty: Moderate

“A moderate route with some challenges along the way.


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“Some parts can get rather muddy during wetter months, so best to come prepared with appropriate footwear and layers for full enjoyment. This trail is a great place to reconnect with nature.”

Wibsey Park Circular

This route is thought to only take around 17 minutes to complete and is ideal for bird watching and running, as well as walking.

It’s described as a quiet trail as “it's unlikely you'll encounter many other people while exploring.”

AllTrails adds: “Dogs are welcome and may be off-lead in some areas.”



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