Walk - Bleach Mill and Hag Farm
point and OS Grid reference:
Roundhouse, Burley-in-Wharfedale (SE 166464). Car park at rear of Queens
OS Explorer 297 Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley.
Distance: 3.2 miles
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takes you via Burley-in-Wharfedale village green and Burley House
(Burley’s only Grade 1 listed building), to Burley House Field. From here,
pleasant footpaths, which feel almost like a secret escape route, guide you
through modern housing and into open country.
Burley House has had various incarnations.
First a private house, then a school, pub, pizzeria and corporate
headquarters. The neighbouring Burley House Field, once part of the
house’s estate still has the remains of a “ha-ha”,’ which, in times
past, would have provided (from the house side) an invisible barrier to
prevent livestock entering the house grounds.
The 8 acre Burley House Field was the subject
of a protracted campaign to have it designated as a Village Greenspace and
Recreational Open Space, starting in 1993. It was finally approved as a
village green in 2009. It has been improved with the addition of new bridges
and stiles and a Burley Community Orchard has been created with apple,
damson, plum and pear trees, planted early in 2014.
After crossing the disused and current
railway lines, the route takes you across fields with good views, to Hag
Farm. It passes within 100 yards of Bleach Mill House. In its grounds are
foundation remains of the old bleach mill, which used to bleach fabrics
woven in the Bradford mills. A perhaps more interesting reason to visit, is
to enjoy a tea and coffee break, accompanied by excellent cakes at the tea
room. The owners Sue and Simon Richmond will show you the foundation remains
and tell you about the history if you ask. The tea room is normally open
during the day.
With your back to the door of the Roundhouse, turn left, walk through the
park to Grange Road and turn left. Pass the Methodist Church.
As the road bends left, at the junction with
Norwood Avenue, go straight ahead on Back Lane. Follow this to the village
green, where there is an attractive view of St Mary’s Church. Note also
the unusual fountain cascading over the large rocks. Turn right, following a
fingerpost for Burley House Field, along Langford Lane
(SE 170462). Follow the lane past Burley House, indicated by the
black and gold topped railings and high stone wall.
At the end of the high wall, turn left
through a kissing gate into Burley House Field. Immediately in front of you
are the remains of the stone built “ha-ha”.
Turn right across Burley House Field, heading
for the bridge in the middle. Cross it, over Wood Head Beck, then, turn
right for the diagonally opposite corner of the field. Along here you pass
the Burley Community Orchard.
In the corner of the field, cross the bridge
with the metal gate at the corner of Prospect Road and St Philip’s Way (SE
168458). Turn left to follow the broad path alongside the beck (ignore the
sharp left turn over another bridge, which goes through to Sandholme Drive).
The path passes allotments. After crossing
another bridge, turn sharp right to follow the beck at the other side. When
you get to the cul-de-sac (Jumb Beck Close), turn right to continue
following the beck.
The path emerges into Sandholme Drive. Go
straight across, to follow the public footpath fingerpost, arriving at a
road - Holme Park. Turn right for a few yards then left down a fenced
footpath, indicated by another fingerpost.
Climb some rough steps to join the course of
a disused railway line. Turn left and almost immediately right to descend
some more steps. Cross the stile and turn right over a second stile to
follow the path left, through the woods (indicated by a yellow arrow) to the
current railway tracks and cross carefully via the walkway (SE 166452). The
footpath descends to a stile which you cross. There are attractive views
here to Burley Moor.
Bear left and after going through a
walkers’ gate, cross the small bridge and turn right. Go through a gateway
(with a rather redundant stile alongside). Bear left, heading for the
diagonally opposite corner of the field. [Note - depending on how recently
this field was mown and/or vegetation growth, the diagonal route, which
follows the Right of Way, may not be clear. In this event, the convention
seems to be to skirt the field anti-clockwise, following the stream. A path
here is well worn.]
Pass another redundant stile and
cross a two plank footbridge. Bear left slightly to meet the beck (Carr
Beck) and follow its right hand bank.
Go through a metal gate and immediately over
a wooden stile. Hag Farm comes into view. Continue following the course of
The beck disappears underground and at the
end of the field where this happens, go through a squeeze stile. After the
next squeeze stile, the beck reappears. Continue following the right hand
bank. After the next squeeze stile, the path exits into a broader track
where there is a post with various yellow footpath arrows (SE 159446).
Bleach Mill House is a hundred yards or so to
the left here, should you be seeking refreshment. Otherwise, turn right.
Cross a stile close to Hag Farm and turn
right to join the access track to the farm
(SE 158446). Follow the track away from the farm. This becomes the
tarmac Hag Farm Road. At the junction with Moor Lane/Station Road, by the
railway bridge, turn right to return to the village centre and right along
Grange Road to return to the park and your starting point.
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