Walking in Yorkshire - Shibden Park
You might have seen our Vlog with our visit to Shidden Park a couple of weeks ago, but we thought we would give you a little bit more information on our Blog.
With us now being able to get in our car and drive for dog walks we will be able to really get stuck into our Yorkshire Dog Walks blogs, which we are so excited about.
But, we are so lucky that in walking distance from our home we can visit and walk Max at the beautiful Shibden Estate and if you are anything like me we always search and check our walks before we venture out to make sure that Max is able to have a good long walk and hopefully that they is a dog friendly coffee shop close by for a quick coffee and cake pit stop.
You can access Shibden Park via two car parks either the main car park or there is a much smaller car park at the top entrance, both are pay and display 50p per hour.
Address: Godley Lane, Halifax. HX3 6XG.
The estate is on the A58 Leeds / Bradford Road (Godley Lane), east of Halifax town centre. It is about a 20 minute walk (uphill) from the bus station and 25 minutes from the train station. It is also a 20 minute car ride from the M62 motorway (junction 26).
You can get there by bus from Halifax, Bradford, Brighouse, Huddersfield and Leeds stations. Bus numbers to look for are: 681, 682, 548, 549, 509, 534, 227, 508, 226.
For more about the bus (and train) network in West Yorkshire, visit: West Yorkshire Metro .
Both car parks have a map to give you an idea of where the main key attractions are so you can plan your walk. We always enjoy the nice long stroll down the main foot path towards the lake this footpath is surrounded by loads of open land perfect for throwing the dog launchers, which by the way he have spent £££ on replacing the cheap and cheerful throwers and tennis balls I decided to purchase a much better quality thrower – Chuckit Sport Dog Ball Launcher + Ultra Ball and have not looked back fantastic quality and doesn’t make your arm come out of the socket when you want to throw it far for the pups 😊
Once you get to the bottom of the footpath the lake is stunning, you can even pay for a paddle boat or rowing boat for the family, probably not suitable for the dog haha! Right next to the lake and boathouse is the children’s playground it’s a great playground all safely enclosed loads of space, swings, slides, climbing frame etc
You can then either chose to walk the perimeter of the lake via the footpath or this an off-road walk which is a little greener full of shrubs, mini waterfalls but slightly muddier under foot this really is perfect for some off-lead running for the dogs.
Which ever path you chose to take this brings you out at Mereside Cafe and miniature railway, the train runs at the weekends and school holidays which travels the perimeter of the park. Mereside Cafe is open 10am-4pm and is perfect for a coffee and cake or even a full main meal, it’s even doggy friendly at certain parts of the coffee shop!
Finally, another great and now famous part of Shibden park is Shibden Hall it’s a fantastic museum and the focus of ‘Gentleman Jack’ Shibden Hall dates back to 1420 and looks at the lives of people who lived and worked there, you can find all the information regarding Shibden Hall here
Now we have a little more freedom for visiting places via our cars, this is such a beautiful place to visit and perfect for your 4-legged friend.
Have you ever been to Shibden Park? Or visited the Hall before? How did you find it, did you enjoy your visit? Please comment via our social media or even tag us in your photos of visits to Shibden we would love to see them.