Baildon Heritage Trails
Here you will find links to the text and in many cases images of walks around Baildon.
In 2008 the Baildon Local History Society contacted Baildon Parish Council and asked about producing Heritage Trail booklets based on the walks that the History Society sometimes conducted people on. The History Society showed examples of what they had put together. Baildon Parish Council agreed to fund the the first batch of booklets.
The first six walks were made available, free of charge, from various places in Baildon including the library. Demand was high and the first 600 had all gone within 3 weeks. After a reprint the booklets were made availalbe from the library at a price that just covered the cost of the printing - £1 each.
Baildon Parish Council made PDF versions of these walks available from their website and Baildon Town Council have continued this. You can find these files on the documents page here. Look for the Heritage Trails folder.
The pages linked to in the wiki below will contain the text of the booklets and should also include the images but the intention is that they will include links to other pages to create a wider experience for the visitor. (This may be limited to the ones that Paul Marfell worked on.)
- Railway Walk Heritage Trail - the arches at Woodbottom to the great Viaduct at Tong Park.
- The Turnpike Walk Heritage Trail - takes you between the old turnpike road milestones on Otley Road.
- Kirklands Walk Heritage Trail - St John's Court to St James;s, Kirklands and Hoyle Court.
- Baildon Village Walk Heritage Trail - visits the old lanes, folds and corners around the centre of Baildon.
- Riverside Walk Heritage Trail - will take you from Roundwood Road to Charlestown centre along the River Aire.
- The Charlie Thompson Walk Heritage Trail - takes you round the places of interest around the St John's Court area of Charlestown.
- Threshfield and Low Baildon Walk - from Brook Hill Stores to Threshfield and back.
- The Ferniehurst and Baildon Green Walk - A walk looking principally at the sites of two Victorian mansions with Salt family connections.
- Lost Hamlets Walk - This walk is in two loops: the first visits some of the hamlets which used to thrive on the edge of Baildon Moor; the second looks at some of the the history and archaeology on the higher reaches of the Moor itself.
- Coach Road to Shipley Glen - A walk from Higher Coach Road through woods up into Shipley Glen and the Bracken Hall Centre, and back.
The Baildon Local History Society have also released some of the walks that will probably not be made available in the same way but can be read here.