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.

Water and Industry in Kirkstall Valley

Start this 5km circular walk along the River AIre starting in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey, a weir built here in the 1100s was one of the earliest built on the river and allowed stone to be floated downstream for building. See if you can spot a salmon coming back from Greenland to find somewhere to spawn, thanks to the fish passes we have built on the river. Stop off for a bit of shopping en route before you join the goitside walk and maybe even discover the platform where Hindus and Sikhs from all over the North come to dispose of their loved one's ashes in the traditional way.

Accessibility – unsuitable for wheelchairs, pushcairs, etc unless sections are missed. See notes at the end of the walk


We hope you enjoyed your walk, we have many others available to download.

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