Keighley to Saltaire

This popular route goes from the market town of Keighley, with its delightful steam railway, to Saltaire along the Aire Valley Greenway of the Leeds Liverpool Canal towpath, taking in a wealth of industrial heritage on route.

This popular ride goes from the market town of Keighley, with its delightful steam railway, to Saltaire along the Aire Valley Greenway of the Leeds Liverpool canal towpath, taking in a wealth of industrial heritage en route.

To follow this route:

  • Exit Keighley station, turn right and right again and follow National Route 696 signs towards Bingley along quiet roads past Dalton Mills and along the banks of the River Worth. At Riddlesden, you pick up the traffic-free towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
  • You can take a short detour off the towpath here to visit the 17th-century National Trust property East Riddlesden Hall, before continuing to Bingley.
  • At Bingley, spend some time admiring the Five and Three Rise Locks. These are spectacular listed staircase locks, built in 1774.
  • Continue along the towpath and cross the River Aire on the stunning Dowley Gap Aquaduct.
  • From here, it’s a short cycle to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire. This Victorian model village boasts a major art gallery, independent cafes and shops in beautiful listed buildings. Over the river is the delightful Roberts Park, with a playground, picnic area and café, and a Victorian tramway to the local beauty spot of Shipley Glen.
  • Retrace your route to Keighley, or hop on a train back from Saltaire station.

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.

To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure that you follow the Towpath Code.

Please help us to protect this route

Keighley to Saltaire 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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