Airedale is on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and, in common with many of the dales, Airedale gets its name from the river that runs through the valley, the Aire.
The River Aire is born high up in the Dales near Malham and runs down past Skipton and into the Aire Valley. From there it travels through the towns of Keighley, Bingley, beautiful Saltaire, and Shipley, heads towards Leeds, crosses the edge of the Vale of York and eventually joins the River Ouse before spilling into the Humber.
The Landscape of Airedale
Airedale has a stunning and dramatic landscape; ideal for walkers. It is well known for its limestone crags of which Malham Cove is the best known. To the south-east the landscape is hardy moor lands, dramatic rock outcrops and green pastures.
Major towns – an overview
A short walk away are Malham Tarn, a natural upland lake, Gordale Scar and the magical Janet’s Foss.
If you are looking to visit the southern Dales this is a great base with plenty of choices for accommodation coupled with many fine cafes and restaurants.
Keighley is also home to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, where you can step back in time on a steam train down the Worth Valley to Oakworth and Haworth, home of the Bronte sisters.
The lively centre features many restaurants and pubs along with a local playhouse and arts centre. Just outside the town is the famous Bingley Five Rise Locks on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.
Salt’s Mill has been converted into a busy retail and industrial complex and houses a permanent, and free, David Hockney exhibition. The village hosts a popular Annual Arts Festival.