Follow the River Aire from Leeds to Malham Tarn on this splendid long distance walk through the Yorkshire Dales.
The walk starts in Leeds city centre, near to the train station and follows the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the River through the city. You'll pass the picturesque ruins of Kirkstall Abbey set in a public park on the northern bank of the River Aire.
You continue through the woodland of Kirkstall Forge and Calverley Woods before passing the villages of Apperley Bridge and Esholt.
You then head through Shipley where a short detour to visit the pretty woods and beck in Shipley Glen is advised. This section also passes the fascinating Victorian model village of Saltaire.
The trail continues north west through Bingley, Keighley, Skipton and Gargrave where the route links with the Pennine Way.
The final section runs from Gargrave to the wonderful Malham Tarn Estate where you can enjoy a waterside stroll along the glacial lake before finishing.
PostcodeBD17 7QX - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
River Aire Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
River Aire Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
River Aire OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
River Aire Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Near Keighley the path passes close to the Keighley Worth Way. This circular trail explores the lovely Worth Valley, visiting Haworth and the Penistone Hill Country Park, where there are great views from the elevated position of the park.