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Out & About
What to do when out and about around Baildon. Pubs, Clubs, Restaurants, things to do, things to see.
Baildon Moor is a registered urban common, with rights of access by the public for ‘air and exercise’ and recreation in a wide range of activities. The Moor itself is a relatively small area (399 hectares) with rich natural and historical features, yet is one of the most heavily used areas of upland moorland in the country, which has an impact on the moorland environment itself, and on other users.
You can find more information on the Friends of Baildon Moor website.
|The Hall Cliffe Community Garden is on Hall Cliffe opposite the church hall. It is an attractive landscaped garden open to the public. Please click on this link to access the Hall Cliffe Community Garden Web Site: hallcliffecommunitygarden.weebly.com|
These booklets are available in the Baildon library.
Or you can download PDF versions from the Baildon Council website here. (Note: the Town Council website currently does not have these files available. I am investigating.)
There are now 10 of them. The set is complete.
They are available from Baildon Library for £1 which just covers the printing costs.
These booklets were put together by Baildon History Society. It has taken many years of them having an interest in Baildon for all the information to be collected and put together in these booklets. All are illustrated with either pen and ink drawings by a local artist or by photos. Each has a map on the back showing the route.
The Shipley Glen Cable Tramway is the oldest working cable tramway in Great Britain (cliff lifts excepted) and dates from 1895. The tramway has had a lot of work done over the last few years a new cable fitted to haul the trams at a cost of £3900.
At the same time the top winding drum,dating back to 1895 and an original piece of tramway equipment, has had its worn out surface replaced by new steel sleeves costing £2600. The old winding drum surface gave 111 years of service. A new west platform at the bottom station has been built at a cost of £3900 to replace an old and deteriorating wooden platform.
The tramway volunteers have replaced the old Santa's Grotto at the top station with a new and larger building and also making a better access and exit to Santa's Grotto for visitors.The building is used to display the tramway's collection of memorabilia and photographs of the history of the Trollybus in Bradford.
You can visit their website here.
The Countryside: One of the delights of Baildon is its rural setting. It has much common land, now owned by Bradford Council. On it the public have rights of ‘air and exercise’ and the owners or lessees of certain property are entitled to graze animals. The common land includes the Moor, Bracken Hall Green, Trench Wood, Baildon Green, Baildon Bank, Midgeley Wood and Brook Hill. These areas are a valuable recreational resource and there is an extensive rights of way network, which has recently been signposted.
The Moor was the site of industrial activity in earlier times. The numerous round depressions are the remains of bell pits from which coal and ironstone were extracted. The flagged track down the side of the Golf Course was originally built for coal wagons.
There are sites of special scientific interest (S.S.I.s) on the Moor and Shipley Glen, at Hawksworth Spring Wood and near Tong Park Dam.
Council land is ably managed by the Countryside Service, whose work, apart from general care of the environment, includes guided walks, courses in practical conservation, working with community and volunteer groups and loan of tools to schools and groups.
To a visitor Baildon Bank is spectacular. Much of the exposed grit stone sandstone cliff face is the result of quarrying and lower down are spoil heaps left by the quarrymen. Nowadays the Bank is famous among climbers. David Musgrove of the British Mountaineering Council says it is where magnificent quarried grit stone cracks and flared arches rise majestically to meet stout elms, oak and sycamore rivalling the very best this fair isle can offer.
Shipley Glen includes Trench Wood and the flat area above it, Bracken Hall Green.
Bracken Hall Countryside Centre - one of six Bradford Council Museums - offers displays (some interactive) on the ecology, geology and history of the area, appealing to all age groups. There are special activities on Wednesdays and Sundays. Group visits can be arranged and National Curriculum based studies are available.
Shipley Glen, which until quite recently had a Pleasure Ground and Funfair can be reached from Saltaire and Baildon Green on the Glen Tramway, Britain's oldest working cable railway, built in 1895. At that time the local Aire Valley would have been black with smoke from mills and domestic chimneys. A trip to the Glen was a holiday for the masses who worked there. At one time 17,000 people used the Tramway in a single day. Now the Friends of the Glen Tramway Group look after and work on the Tramway.
Akhtars of Baildon are at 3 Cliffe Avenue, BD17 6NY
Tele: 01274 532313
Traditional Asian Cuisine
Open 6 days (Closed Monday) except Bank Holidays
Sunday - Thursday 5pm - 11pm
Friday and Saturday 5pm - midnight
10% discount on collection.
Buy any 2 meals and get the 3rd free (Tues, Weds & Thurs)
Sunday Special buy 1 curry and get 2nd half price.
|Restaurant and Take Away service.
Open 6 days (Including Bank Holidays)
Tele: 01274 585 600
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