Keighley to Saltaire

Route Details

  • From-To: Keighley to Saltaire
  • Distance: 12 mile round trip (6 miles each way).  This is approximately 2 hours. 
  • Terrain: Traffic free towpath
  • Access: Keighley and Saltaire train stations
  • National Cycle Network: National Route 696 and 66

Route Description

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 on 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 Liverpool canal.
  • You can take a short detour off the towpath here to visit the 17th century National Trust 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.

Map

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Latitude: 
53.86625991477096
Longitude: 
-1.8249643908691215
Zoom level: 
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This area map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area. 

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 on route.

Length: 
12 miles