St. Ives Estate (Country Park)
The St Ives Estate is a wonderful Country Park with woodlands, open moor, and a wildflower meadow, and paths throughout. The Adventure Playground is a fantastic feature for the children, and Coppice Pond offers both fishing opportunities, and a chance to feed the ducks. This park needs to be explored and should not to be missed!
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St Ives Estate (Country Park), Harden, BD16 1AT
All Bradford District Parks are open 365 days a year, 24 hours.
The path around Coppice Pond is wheelchair accessible, but the rest of the woodland paths can be steep and muddy. See 'Accessible Play' for details of the play area facilities.
St Ives is situated on the B6429 (towards Harden, Cullingworth and Halifax) just one mile out of Bingley town centre. If you have Sat Nav, the postcode is BD16 1AT.
Two bus services stop by the entrance to St Ives Estate. The 616 from Bradford Interchange or the 729 from Keighley Bus Station. For bus timetable information contact Metro on 0113 2457676 or www.wymetro.com.
There is ample free parking around the estate, from a car park on the right hand side as you enter, to further parking near the playground, as well as some behind the coach house.
Free to use, open 24 hours. No entry allowed to persons over 14 unless supervising a child. The adventurous play equipment includes high towers, rope bridge, state of the art tyre swings, maypole, sand play & tyre swing. This is complimented by natural play elements such as rocks, fallen trees and a dry river bed.
The top half of the play area is accessible by wheelchair, with a boardwalk next to it. There is a sensory play area with different textures to experience, leading to a wheelchair accessible see-saw. There is a wooden ramp onto some compacted soil, leading to a sound and water play area.
Coppice Pond has a duck feeding platform and Lakeside Walk. The Friends of St Ives have produced a downloadable leaflet about the Ponds and Water Gardens of St Ives. There is also a downloadable guide on wildlife that can be found in and around the pond.
Bingley Angling Club control the waters at Coppice Pond. Day tickets and annual membership tickets are available to purchase - visit the detailed Bingley Angling Club website for more information.
The recently re-opened 'Readers Tea Rooms' at St. Ives is now open 7 days a week providing drinks and snacks from 10.30 - 16.00. The comfortable cafe and friendly staff offer:
- Hot and cold take-away service
- Freshly ground coffee
- Cream tea selection
- Hot roast sandwiches, panini, jacket potatoes, soup
- A wide selection of cakes
- Real dairy ice cream
Children and well behaved dogs accepted
Why not make a stop at the cafe to take the weight off your feet as you enjoy the surroundings of the St. Ives Estate.
Telephone 01274 515887
The toilets are free to use and are open from 9.00 to 16.00, 7 days a week. They are located next to the play area.
There is a bird hide at St Ives with easy access from the path that runs along the south side of Coppice Pond.
Friends of Group
St Ives has an active Friends of Group which operates with the aim of helping to care, enhance, protect and broaden the enjoyment of their local Park. If you are interested in joining, the group would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact Nanette Metcalf (Development Officer) on 01274 433828 for further details. Visit their excellent and informative Friends website for more information about their activities.
There are a number of wooden chainsaw carved sculptures throughout the woods, from dragons to gnomes; can you find them all? The downloadable walking leaflet (PDF 696kb) shows where the sculptures can be found.
There is a wide variety of wildlife around the Woodlands, and Bradford Council have produced a free downloadable wildlife guide (PDF 2.4mb) in association with the Friends of St Ives.
You can download a walking leaflet with details of 3 walks in and around the St Ives estate. Walks in Parks and Woodlands - St Ives Estate (PDF 696kb).
Sport Keighley have designed a number of walking routes that take in parks across the north of the Bradford District. Download the route that includes St Ives (PDF 549kb).
For all the Walkways maps please go to the Sport Keighley website
Here are pictures some of the chainsaw sculptures that were created Easter 2006, they have been installed in Betty's Wood, to the left of the lodge on up from the entrance to the estate from Harden Road. There are also other sculptures around the estate including a Monk, Druid, Sea Shell and Lady Blantyre (a former resident of the estate).
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Pictures from the 2006 Halloween event that was staged at St. Ives Estate, where the chainsaw carvings were spookily lit up in a partnership between the Friends of St. Ives and the Parks and Landscape Service.
Help us to maintain this area by reporting any problems to the Tree & Woodland Manager Bob Thorp on 01274 434826 or email email@example.com