Airedale starts high in the Yorkshire Dales, following the River Aire through Skipton, Keighley, Bingley, Saltaire and beyond.

Photo - Approach to Malham Cove, Airedale

Approach to Malham Cove

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