Take a ride on the oldest working cable tramway in Great Britain – if you exclude cliff lifts. Dating from 1895, the line was built to serve the local beauty spot of Shipley Glen. At nearly a quarter-mile in length, the woodland ride provides a pleasant alternative to the steep path. Shipley lies on the edge of Bradford, and the Glen was a popular Edwardian pleasure garden. On busy days, as many as 2,000 people would take the tramway up to the Japanese gardens and boating lake. The attractions are now gone, but you can still ride on the tramway – which runs on Saturday afternoons April to end December and Sunday afternoons throughout the year, weather permitting. There is a souvenir shop at the top, while the bottom station houses a small museum and replica Edwardian shop.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Opening Times: Open Easter-26 Dec, Sat–Sun 12-4.30; 26 Dec-Easter, Sun 12-4
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About the area
Discover West Yorkshire
Everybody knows that Yorkshire has some special landscapes. The Dales and the Moors first spring to mind, but what about West Yorkshire? That’s Leeds and Bradford isn’t it? Back-to-back houses and blackened mills… Certainly if you had stood on any of the hills surrounding Hebden Bridge a hundred years ago, and gazed down into the valley, all you would have seen was the pall of smoke issuing from the chimneys of 33 textile mills. But thankfully, life changes very quickly in West Yorkshire. The textile trade went into terminal decline, the mills shut down forever and in a single generation Hebden Bridge became a place that people want to visit.
The surrounding countryside offers walking every bit as good as the more celebrated Yorkshire Dales; within minutes you can be tramping across the moors. And this close proximity of town and country is repeated all across West Yorkshire. There’s such diversity in the area that you can find yourself in quite unfamiliar surroundings, even close to places you may know very well. Take time to explore this rich county and you will be thrilled at what you find to shatter old myths and preconceptions.
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