Saltaire and Shipley Glen Nature Walk West Yorkshire Grade: Leisurely
Join natural history expert Madeline to explore the local area around the River Aire at Saltaire. The village itself is a fascinating place, built by mill owner Titus Salt to house the mill workers in the 19th century. The mill, sitting on the riverbank, still domintes the village.
For our walk, we will head along the River Aire until we get to the spectacular weir further upstream. Then we’ll make our way to Trench Meadows, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and simply the richest wildflower meadow in Bradford District. Here we’ll stop and enjoy this botanical delight, with its beautiful range of flowers and associated wildlife.
After Trench Meadows, we’ll walk through Shipley Glen which is a mixed broadleaved woodland with fringing moorland heath and millstone grit cliffs that cloak the valley around Loadpit Beck. This circular trip will bring us back to the River Wharfe where we’ll take a small detour around Hirst Wood, a lowland, mixed woodland with a range of ancient woodland indicator species. If we’re lucky, we may spot also a colony of roosting Daubenton’s bats before returning to Saltaire.
Grade: Leisurely. The walk is 5.5 miles with few gradients and is taken at a very leisurley pace in order to enjoy the surroundings to the full. There is an emphasis on nature – observing the flowers and birds around us.
Guide: Madeline Holloway is a natural history expert with a huge amount of knowledge to share.