Overall distance: 42miles (44 if using Denton Bridge )
Stage 1: Bradford Cathedral to Saltaire Distance: 4.5 miles
Start point: Bradford Cathedral Refreshments: Bradford City Centre, Little Germany, Shipley town centre (various), Saltaire (various). Accommodation: Bradford hotels and B & B, Shipley B & B, Saltaire B & B. Public transport: Forster Square and Interchange rail stations in Bradford; rail stations in Shipley and Saltaire. Bradford, Shipley and Saltaire are well served by buses. Route: Boars Well Nature Reserve; Bolton Woods; Canal Road greenway; Leeds – Liverpool canal. Highlights: Bradford Cathedral; Spinks Well; Bolton Woods; Bradford Beck; Leeds – Liverpool canal; Salts Mill.
Stage 2: Saltaire – Burley in Wharfedale Distance: 8.5 miles
Start point: Salts Mill, Saltaire Refreshments: Shipley Town Centre; Saltaire village; Burley Woodhead (pub), Burley village (various). Accommodation: Shipley B & B, Saltaire B&B, Burley in Wharfedale B & B and Airbnb. Public transport: Rail stations in Saltaire and Burley in Wharfedale. Buses from Burley to Ilkley, Leeds, Harrogate. Route: Shipley Glen, Faweather Grange, Burley Moor, Burley Woodhead. Highlights: Saltaire World Heritage site including Salts Mill; Shipley Glen, Glovershaw Beck; Burley Moor.
Stage 4: Thruscross Reservoir - Brimham Rocks Distance: 8 miles
Start point: Thruscross Reservoir car park Refreshments: Thruscross (pub – Stone House Inn), Glasshouses (pub), Low Laithe (pub), Brimham Rocks (café) (Pateley Bridge is a 1.25 mile detour with various options) Accommodation: Pateley Bridge B&B, Glasshouses Airbnb Public transport: Glasshouses (bus to Pateley Bridge, Harrogate) Route: Greenhow Hill Rd, Heyshaw, High Crag Ridge, Guisecliff Wood, River Nidd, Low Laithe, Smelthouses, Brimham Rocks. Highlights: High Crag, Guisecliff Wood and tarn, Glasshouses Mill, River Nidd, Smelthouses, Fell Beck, Brimham Rocks.
Start point: Brimham Rocks Visitor Centre Refreshments: Brimham Rocks kiosk, Fountains Abbey cafés, Sawley (pub), Ripon (various) Accommodation: Sawley (pub), Ripon hotels, B & B, Airbnb. Public transport: Ripon (bus to Harrogate) Route: Riva Hill, Warsill Hall Farm, Sawley, Skell Bank Wood, Fountains Abbey (choice of paying to go through Abbey grounds, or public footpath through Studley Royal Park), River Skell , Hell Wath, Ripon. Highlights: Brimham Rocks moor, the Monk Wall, Butterton Bridge, Skell Bank Wood, River Skell, Fountains Abbey, Studley Royal Park, Valley of the Seven Bridges, Hell Wath Nature Reserve, Ripon Cathedral and museums
Alternative options for completing the Yorkshire Heritage Way
6 day option with accommodation Day 1 Bradford – Saltaire: 4.5 miles Day 2 Saltaire - Burley: 8.5 miles Day 3 Burley – Timble: 6.75 miles (7.50 via Denton) Day 4 Timble – Pateley Bridge: 8.25 miles Day 5 Pateley Bridge – Sawley: 8 miles Day 6 Sawley – Ripon: 6.25 miles
4 day option with public transport Day 1 Bradford – Saltaire: 4.5 miles (Rail and bus services) Day 2 Saltaire – Burley: 8.5 miles (Rail and bus services) Day 3 Burley – Glasshouses: 14 miles (14.75 via Denton) (bus services at Glasshouses) Day 4 Glasshouses – Ripon: 14 miles (bus services)