Airedale

Airedale and the start of the path to Low Woodside
Airedale and the start of the path to Low Woodside
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The Airedale Valley is a vast flood plain taking water from Skipton and above and in the summer the lush growth feeds from the rich silt and grows rich grass which is ideal food local sheep and cattle. Within this valley is Keighley, once an industrial town full of mills, now all but gone but for the odd chimney or two, but still has a thriving local community with a large shopping area. Cliff Castle Museum once home to the Butterfield family offers a look back in time about how the mill owners once lived.

Near by Haworth famous for the Bronte sisters, Worth Valley Railway and its cobbled streets are well worth a trip, the 1940’s weekend in May is a good weekend out ending with a fly past from the famous Three Spitfire Hurricane and Lancaster Bomber weather permitting.

Skipton was one of the last strongholds for the king before Cromwell took siege for three years and is famous for its’ markets and a major market place for farmers to sell their sheep and cattle, which is why it has some of the best butchers in the country are situated here.

Bradford is the home to the museum of photography, IMAX cinema and the Industrial Museum so may well be worth a visit.

Bingley whose land was once owned by the Ferrand family still has the old market stall which has stood since the 1700’s. The grounds and woodlands with tree sculptures through the woods at the St Ives Estate is a great place for children and adults to play and the lake also has some great fishing and wildlife.  You can also walk through the woodland and past the golf course to see the Druids alter which overlooks the Aire Valley.

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