Riddlesden ramble

Walking trail

Explore the peaceful canal area opposite East Riddlesden Hall, taking in some fascinating history along the way.

Group of walkers taking a stroll along the canal footpath


Map route for East Riddlesden Hall's Riddlesden ramble walk


East Riddlesden Hall gate entrance, grid ref: SE079421


Start at East Riddlesden Hall gate entrance. Walk towards the main road on the left hand side path. Using the crossing, cross to the other side of the road. Turn left, keeping the road on your left.


After just over 400 yards (360 meters) you will come to Bar Lane on your right. Take this road until you reach the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.

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Turn left at the canal and follow the towpath until you reach a swing bridge - Leachs Bridge (you will be returning here later).


Carry on along the canal. Ignore the track on your left. 400 yards (360 meters) past this track you will look down onto some farm buildings on the left. Behind these buildings you will see Elam Grange. The farm was built in the late 17th-century and belonged to James Murgatroyd, owner of East Riddlesden Hall.


Turn around and return to the swing bridge. As you return to the swing bridge just before you pass the track that joins the towpath from the right there is a building which is right up to the canal path. The right hand end of this building used to be the Woodpecker Inn, serving the Leeds and Liverpool canal. If you would appreciate a quiet rest at this point, walk a few yards down the track on your right. You will see a small building with an open door. Enter and you will find a few seats in this chapel of rest. Mr Hutchinson, owner of the nearby house, repaired this building and is happy for anyone to enjoy its peaceful setting. Return to canal path to continue with the walk.


Cross the swing bridge and carry on up the slope to the T junction keep on the right hand pavement and ignore the road off to the right before this.


Turn right at the T junction. There is now a meeting of roads. Cross the road onto Scott Lane. There is a bus stop at the beginning of Scott Lane.

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Continue along Scott Lane until you reach Bar Lane on your right. Follow this over the canal bridge and turn left along the canal towpath.


Follow the canal until you reach the next canal bridge. What looks like an upturned cannon is actually part of a crane which stood in this locality.


When you reach the next canal bridge, turn right down the slope of Granby Lane and back to the main road.

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Cross the road by the crossing and re-enter East Riddlesden Hall grounds.

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East Riddlesden Hall gate entrance, grid ref: SE079421

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Riddlesden ramble


Mainly flat, some slight slopes, slippery paths in adverse weather. Dogs welcome on leads.

Riddlesden ramble

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Riddlesden ramble

How to get here

East Riddlesden Hall, Bradford Road, Riddlesden, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD20 5EL
By train

Keighley 1½ miles

By road
On south side of the Bradford Road in Riddlesden, close to Leeds & Liverpool Canal. A629 relief road from Shipley and Skipton signed for East Riddlesden Hall
Parking: free, 100 yards
By bus

Bradford Interchange train station to Keighley, alight Granby Lane

By bicycle

Visit the Sustrans website to discover the cycle tracks around us and plan your route in. Cycle racks are available upon arrival.

Riddlesden ramble

Facilities and access

  • Baby-changing facilities
  • Children's Discovery Garden
  • Hip carrier available to borrow
  • Pushchair storage for house visits
  • Pocket-money toys in shop
  • Children's menu, cutlery, hot water flasks, and highchairs available
  • Trails and dressing up in the house
  • Portable ramps
  • Blue badge parking spaces in main car park
  • Three steps to entrance to building. Alternative accessible entrance, ramp available
  • Access dogs only in house and gardens, dogs welcome on lower field and River Walk