Bradford Red Bridge Route

This great route takes you between two of Bradford’s best open spaces - City Park and Bowling Park, travelling over the iconic Red Bridge on the way.

This short route takes you between two of Bradford’s best open spaces. 

Start at City Park, which is a fantastic six-acre park and is home to the largest man-made water feature in any UK city. It also has more than 100 fountains, laser lighting and a mirror pool, making for a spectacular sight. You can also visit the Impressions Gallery which is just next to City Park.

The route follows along traffic-free cycle paths and over the busy Manchester Road using the newly-installed, iconic red bridge which was commissioned by Sustrans, using funding from the BIG lottery. 

The route finishes at the 49-acre Bowling Park, which is the perfect place to relax, explore and have a picnic. A large and leafy park, it has great views over the city centre, a free pitch and putt course and designated play area.

You can cross Bowling Hall Road to the north-east of the park and visit Bolling Hall which is now a museum. The Hall dates back to the 14th century and was used as a Royalist base during the English Civil War. The museum is free and a great way to explore Bradford’s heritage – you might even see the 'White Lady' in the Ghost Room!

Once you have enjoyed Bowling Park, retrace your journey back to City Park.

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness.

However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes.

Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces.

Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

Please help us protect this route

The Bradford Red Bridge Route is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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