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Ageing Well Short Walks

These walks and the map have been produced with funding from Ageing Well fund, designed to help people get their fitness back after the last year of lock downs and restrictions. Many people came to Northcliffe for their exercise and Northcliffe park and woods were very busy. Often people stayed on the main paths but there is a lot more to Northcliffe than the formal park and main tarmac path.

The map has nine walks of different lengths and difficulty; Northcliffe is not exactly a flat place. There are walks ranging from 10 mins to an hour for the whole circuit of both woods and the park.

We have created two walks from four differences entrances to the park so hopefully there will be some near to where you live or can easily reach. Buses Stop on the main Bradford Road, and there is some parking near to these entrances on:

  • Bradford Road
  • Cliffe Wood Avenue
  • Lynton Drive
  • High Bank Lane (top of Moorhead Lane)

The circuit walk can be accessed from any of these entrances.

Each walk has an estimated walking time and an idea of how easy or hard it will be. Some of the walks have optional shorter or longer walks built into them so if you are tired or raring to carry on you can do so.

Each walk aims to take you to a different bench/ seat and has a map and instructions for where to start and to go.

The walks also include some snippets of information about the area you are walking through.

Once you have started to explore the different areas you will see that there are many other paths that you can use to create your own walks.

Living Well has a lot of toolkits and resources which can help you to get and keep fit. There are some good warm up exercises to get you ready to set off for a walk, and for those days when the weather is not so nice to be outside!

Northcliffe can be a very muddy place even on the main woodland paths, and the grass can get very boggy, so in winter or after a long spell of rain you will need to take care and wear suitable shoes/ boots/ wellies.

Northcliffe Walk Four: A walk to the view point bench

Northcliffe paths can be muddy at any time, so come prepared. There is a fairly steep climb up the side of the valley in this walk. It takes about 45- 50 minutes but there are a lot of benches!

Northcliffe Walk Five: High Bank Lane to a viewpoint in the woods

You can park in the layby just passed the golf club as you go up Moor Head Lane and onto High Bank Lane. Walk down the hill and enter the park through the trees next to the golf club. Walk through the trees to the bench and notice board where this walk starts.
This is a fairly flat walk with one small slope which can be slippery in wet weather. It takes about 10 minutes

Northcliffe Walk Seven: Find the hidden stone seat

This walk contains some slopes, steps and can be muddy. There is a shorter version of about 15-20 minutes and the longer one takes 25-30 minutes. If you prefer to go up and not down steps you can do the walk the other way round.

Northcliffe Walk Nine: The Grand Circuit

This is a walk around the whole of Northcliffe, taking in two woods, the meadow and the more formal areas. It contains steps and slopes and some path can be muddy. It takes about an hour. It can be started from many different places around the circuit.

Northcliffe Walk One: The Formal Park

A gentle stroll around the formal park; takes about 10 minutes. There is parking by the main gates and a bus stop is just outside the main gate.

Northcliffe Walk Two: Many Views

A short walk with many views; about 20 minutes. There is parking by the main gates and a bus stop is just outside the main gate.

Northcliffe Walk Three: Miniature railway and old bandstand

This short walk is along a fairly level path and you can make it shorter or longer as there are several seats/ benches along the main path. There is a car park at the entrance to the woods and a bus stop on the main road by the flats, a minute’s walk away.
Short walk; about 10 - 15 minutes; extended walk about 20- 25 minutes.

Northcliffe Walk Six: The view, wildflower meadow and a Coronation Avenue

You can park in the layby just past the golf club as you go up Moor Head Lane and onto High Bank Lane. Walk down the hill and enter the park through the trees next to the golf club. Walk through the trees to the bench and notice board here this walk starts.
This walk takes about 25-30 minutes.S

Northcliffe Walk Eight: A short walk through Old Spring Wood

The shorter walk is pretty flat, the longer walk has some reasonably gentle climbs in the meadow. The short walk takes 25- 30 minutes return. The longer walk takes about 45-50 minutes.

The name Old Spring Wood means it has been coppiced rather than it is full of springs. However, it does get quite muddy after wet weather and there are some interesting damp areas in the woods. There are also signs of mining in the woods, with several cone shaped depressions that may have been day or bell pits.