Welcome to our Developing the Natural Aire Walks. These walks have been written to help you to explore the nature and history of your river.
You can follow them on-screen (use the scroll bar to the right of the text) or download it to view on your phone or for printing.
We hope that you enjoy this walk and come back for more.
An exhilarating and enjoyable half hour (or more if you dawdle by the river) walk around Gargrave village. The village greens provide an excellent opportunity to be able to get up close and personal with the River Aire. Our walk starts at the Summer Seat at the bus stop on the High Street before taking you past the iconic Dalesman Cafe (do stop off for tea and scones) and into the village to the old Sanitary Laundry! Late Iron Age/early Roman skeletons were found on your route, although they may not have ranted as much as the Methodists.
Back to the River Aire and you have options over the stepping stones or alongside the river before meeting up again before returning to your starting point.
Accessibility: This walk includes two sets of stepping stones. These require confidence and balance (and the river level to be low enough) They can be avoided by crossing the river using the bridge both ways. The rest of the walk is on pavements and the grass greens.
You can travel to Gargrave by bike along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal from Skipton. The 580 bus connects the village to Skipton, Settle and Kirkby Lonsdale and trains connect to Leeds, Bradford, Settle and Carlisle. Alternatively, travel by car along the A65. There is a small free car park at the bridge and more within the village.
We hope you enjoyed your walk, we have many others available to download.