Bingley Branch Manager Steven Potts on living in this thriving Aire Valley market town
Bingley is a small market town in the Aire Valley, just north of Bradford in West Yorkshire's Bronte Country. Local gems include the beautiful Myrtle Park which plays host to the Bingley Music Live summer music festival and Beckfoot, a secluded hamlet featuring quaint cottages and an original packhorse bridge.
Local travel links include Bingley railway station in the town centre with regular services to Leeds and Bradford as well as the Yorkshire Dales. And Leeds Bradford International Airport, which is located less than 10 miles away.
The town has a number of good schools including Bingley Grammar School, a community secondary school for both girls and boys aged 11-18.
Bingley has a good range of local independent shops, bars and restaurants centered around the Main Street in the town centre as well as the 5 Rise Shopping Centre which is home to a number of banks and well known high-street favourites.
It is a lovely place to live, easily accessible to Bradford and Leeds but also with the wild beauty of Bronte Country on our doorstep.
What we love about Bingley
St Ives Estate and Country Park
The St Ives Estate is a wonderful country park with woodlands, open moor, a wildflower meadow, and paths throughout; it’s great for cobweb-blowing Sunday morning walks or runs! Whilst the Adventure Playground is a fantastic feature for children, the Coppice Pond offers opportunities for fishing and a chance to feed the ducks.
Five Rise Locks
Situated on a picturesque stretch of the Leeds Liverpool Canal are the Grade I listed Bingley Five Rise Lock staircase - the steepest lock staircase in Britain. A wonderful café has been transformed from a former stable block and offers high quality food and drink including breakfasts, Dales ice cream and of course Yorkshire Tea.
The Little Theatre
The thriving Bingley Little Theatre is both a venue and a major amateur group. Dating back to 1947, the theatre stages eight productions a year. This is in addition to providing a varied programme of themed parties and social events across the year.