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Walkshire: Cliffe Castle Park

Situated at the far side of Keighley as you head out to Skipton, it would be easy to miss Cliffe Castle Park if you did not know it was there.

It is however a perfect spot for a walk, picnic, play in the park, or visit to the cafe as well as a look around the beautiful gardens.

Cliffe Castle was originally the home of Victorian millionaire and textile manufacturer Henry Isaac Butterfield. In the 1950’s the Castle was bought by Sir Bracewell Smith a local man who turned the gardens into a grand public park and free museum for local people.

The very grand Ciffe Castle

Head to the entrance of the park and there is limited parking but if you struggle it is fairly easy to park on the road side.

I usually start at the museum entrance and do a full loop of the park taking in the beautiful fountain, band stand and a large grassy area which is great for dogs to have a real run around.

The paths are great for wheelchairs or prams

The museum itself is very quirky and worth a look around.

As you walk around the park there is the option of heading off into the woods. If you have ever done the Park Run, which will hopefully be returning soon, you will know the steep climb through the wooded area.

Head back up the hill and you will find a brilliant little park which is suitable for younger and older children with well kept slides swings and a sand area.

Great park for all ages

Above the park are picnic benches and if you don’t fancy taking your own food there is a lovely cafe with a great outside area looking across the park.

While you are in this area make sure you check out the little animals including rabbits and budgies which are just beyond the cafe area.

Cliffe Castle is a lovely day out and a little hidden gem in Keighley. It really goes have something for everyone and perfect for a gentle walk.

The entrance to Cliffe Castle Park in Keighley