22) St Ives Estate, Bingley, Harden, Bradford, BD16 1AT.
My route is less than 2 miles, although if you have a capable mobility scooter or a Batec or other powered front wheelchair attachment you can explore the many bridleways around the estates.
Some tarmac, many woodland path and bridleway. The route around the coppice pond is a wide dirt path, a few large rocks and tree roots but ample space to get past these.
If using a manual self-propelled wheelchair you will still be able too get around the route but may need a little assistance in a few short places.
Facilities on site:
Plenty of car parking spaces. Free admission and free parking on the estate. I park in the carpark near the children activity playground. There is a disabled and std toilet here.
Dogs are allowed all around the estate grounds.
There is a lovely cafe called "The Ivy Kitchen", I believe they also have a disabled toilet but due to the pandemic the toilets are closed.
From the carpark head up the small hill to the stables block. You will pass the Ivy Kitchen cafe. After a short distance you take a turn to you right and head up the dirt track on your right. Just after the steps (on your right) you will find a slope that takes you up to the coppice path. Many wooden platforms and lay-bys where you can get nearer to the lake.
Follow this path and it will take you all around the coppice. As you return to the main. path bear left then take the path to the right. This leads to an accessible bird hide. Lower viewing window and a few benches. A great place to watch the visiting and resident wildlife that are about.
Out the hide and turn right - this takes you back to the Ivy Kitchen cafe, then eventually back to the carpark.
As mentioned earlier there are many bridleways on the estate. Many from memory are reasonably accessible, a few wide gates and a few bumpy path.
What will you see?
All the usual small birds, Gulls, Swans, Coot, Ducks and Geese.
Long tailed tit, Goldfinch, Gt S Woodpecker, Dunnock, Blackbird, Robin, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Many squirrels.
On the ponds, frogs, toads, newts,
5 out of the 18 species of bat can be found at St Ives Estate.