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Walkshire: Great Northern Railway Trail

Distance: Two Miles
Pram friendly: Yes 

Towering above the village of Cullingworth just outside Bradford the striking view of Hewenden Viaduct can be seen from miles around and it is here this walk takes place. 
The viaduct dates back to 1882 when it was used to carry freight and passengers along the Keighley line. It closed in 1963 and re-opend to the public in 2005 as part of the Great Northern Railway Trail.

The start of the walk

As well as being a real favourite of mine, it’s perfect for a pram, this walk is extra special to me. When the line reopened to the public just over 15 years ago my Great Aunt, Elsie Hollingsworth, officially opened it. She had lived in Harecroft in the 1950’s and had used the line when it was open.
The walk begins on Station Road in Harecroft and there are plenty of places to park on the roadside. 
Walk up the hill following the signs for the Great Northern Trail and you will come to a gate where you have a fantastic view of the viaduct and surrounding areas. 
Follow the path down and over the viaduct, there are plenty of places to stop on the way and enjoy the view. 

Perfect for prams and bikes

Off the viaduct you will find a path which you can follow as it eventually leads you to Cullingworth Primary School and into the village. 
Follow this road down and you will find yourself in village centre where there are a couple of lovely cafes for tea and cake before your return journey. 
A quick about turn and you are back on the path and onto the viaduct. 
It’s a great walk to do with a pram or little children and the paths are wide and flat, perfect for prams, trikes and bikes.