The Shipley Glen Tramway
It is a short walk between the bottom station and Roberts Park, the canal with cruises and the UNESCO preserved village of Saltaire.
The famous mill now houses a restaurant, the Hockney Gallery, shopping area and Information Centre.
The URC Church is worth a visit and includes the mausoleum of Sir Titus Salt.
The URC Church in Saltaire.
A walk along the canal.
Shipley Glen from Baildon Moor.
The Tramway runs every Sunday of the year, except for exceptional circumstances, and Saturdays except during January to March.
See the details of fares and times here.
At the top station is our traditional sweet shop, with sweets sold from jars, and also for sale are drinks and publications.
The Tramway Museum is being rebuilt. Once finished it will have new displays of the history of the Tramway and the related fairgrounds dating back to about 1870, as well as pure nostalgia in the many photographs. It should re-
Top station and sweet shop.
From the top station it is a short -
You will be walking up Prod Lane. This area was a fairground from about 1900 until about 1980. The Tramway Museum has considerable information and photographs.
The pub has a restaurant and the tea room serves snacks drinks and ice creams.
The tea rooms are part of the history of the area. The building was the peacock house at the time of the Prod Lane fairground.
Near the bottom station and a short walk into the park, is the recently reopened Half Moon Cafe. The cafe is run to provide funds for the Saltaire Cricket Club. You might even be able to watch the cricket whilst you eat and drink.
Boni’s Tea Rooms.
The Pub in 1879 when it was the Emperor Hotel and owned by the O’Haras.
The flattish area of moorland behind the tea room was a massive permanent fairground from about 1870 until WWI. It was for this fairground that the Tramway was built. To carry people up the steep slope to the bottom of Prod Lane.
Many of the rides were unique. Sam Wilson built a toboggan slide a couple of years after he completed the Tramway. The brave hurtled down over the rocky edge of the glen and reached speed s of 60mph before stopping close to the dam in the bottom of the glen.
Passengers and toboggans were then hauled back to the top of the ride.
A roller coaster ran up through the fields beside Bracken Hall. It was possibly the first built in the UK.
Sam Wilson’s Toboggan. Slide.
Possibly the oldest Roller Coaster in the UK, along side Bracken Hall.
There were many other rides and the Fairground could entertain 100,000 people a day often running until late in the evening and lit by oil lamps.
The Suffragettes held a gathering here in 1908 with 50,000 to 70,000 mainly supporters.
The area beyond the Pub and Tea Room is now the open moorland of Bracken Hall Green and the steep-
This is a great area for chasing around, exploring amongst the rocks, picnicking or starting walks, short and long.
Bracken Hall Centre (5 minutes beyond the pub) is open during weekend afternoons and has displays interpreting the history and wild life of the area.
A short walk takes you up the hill to the top of Baildon Moor and a 360 degree view over Saltaire, beyond Leeds to the Power Stations beside the A1M, across Ilkley Moor and way northwards up Airedale.
The area also has evidence of a history going back over 4000 years of habitation and industry or back to the ice ages if you look carefully.
The top of Baildon Moor.
Winter on Bracken Hall Green and summer down in Trench wood. (Shipley Glen).