Friday, 14 March 2014

Trips out with the Little Ones: PART 1

Lister Park, Bradford
In a bid to get fit and to get the Little One out in the fresh air, when spring arrived I  decided that I would try to take him out for a decent pram walk a few times a week.  The area surrounding my house, although very picturesque, does not have the most suitable terrain for pushing a pram around! Lack of pavements, cobbled lanes and really steep hills put me off going for pram walks for too many months and now I’m going to have to work really hard to get back into shape! This has, however given me more of an incentive to make the effort to go and explore further afield...
Lister Park Bradford
Lister Park is situated in the Manningham area of Bradford opposite Bradford Grammar School. I’ve driven past many times and walked about as far as the bandstand before, but never had a decent walk all the way round until recently. It was the glorious sea of white, yellow and purple spring crocuses lining the edge of the park which caught my eye as I drove past recently. There is level access via from the top of the park on North Park Road (where the car park is situated). The botanical gardens are beautiful and feature a geological trail and cascading stream. The park also includes two play areas and a boating lake. Little One loves going to watch the waterfall which enters the lake! There is ramp access around the terraces of the stunning Mughal Water Gardens and babies will love watching the fountains. I enjoyed my walk around the park so much that I now go twice weekly. Another hidden Bradford gem!
Practical points
Free toilets (including disabled) are available in the boating pavilion. Baby changing facilities in Cartwright Hall (when they are open).
Free to use. Access via North Park Road. The car park is open from 7am until dusk.
There is a cafe in the Lister Park boat house. The cafe serves hot and cold drinks, food and ice-cream. Open April-September 12 noon – 7pm. October 11am- 5pm (weekends only). Telephone 01274 487312. NB- I haven’t tried the cafe so can’t review it yet. 

The Great Northern Railway Trail (Thornton to Queensbury)
The Great Northern Railway Trail is a bridleway which has been developed recently and has a fantastic stretch of tarmac great for pushing prams on. Starting from Thornton Primary School BD13 3NN, you wind your way eventually to Queensbury. On the way, babies will love looking at views across the Pinch Beck Valley, passing bicycles and horses, trees and nature. Starting at the school, you cross the imposing Thornton viaduct and then cross one minor road. There is a small farm where you can buy eggs and your little one will enjoy meeting the chickens which are housed in hutches at the side of the pathway. There are wooden gates to open as you approach road crossings. Cross another road and you find yourself winding through the valley near Clayton. Here the path becomes slightly steeper and more rugged. I normally turn around back towards Thornton as I approach the old Queensbury railway tunnel and find this is a decent length of walk. This walk has become a regular outing for us each week and looking at the chickens is always a hit with the Little One!
Practical Points
No toilet facilities.
If starting in Thornton, there is free on street parking available just beyond the primary school and along the side streets.

A x


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