For information on the Aire Valley Towpath Route, the Leeds & Liverpool
Canal and British Waterways, please contact:
British Waterways, Dobson Lock, Apperley Bridge, Bradford, BD10 0PY
01274 611303 F 01274 621683
information on Sustrans and the National Cycle Network, please contact:
Sustrans Information Service, P0 Box 21, Bristol, BS99 2HA
0117 929 0888
Leeds Cycling Action
Group are involved in all aspects of promoting cycling in the city.
Monthly meetings and regular newsletters keep members informed.
2 Norwood Craft, Stanningley, Leeds, LS28 6NH
Action Group is the voluntary organisation of local cycle users that
campaigns for a better environment and safer roads for cyclists. The group
also organises social rides and events.
Touring Club) is Britainís largest cycling organisation with more than
T 0870 873 0061
for membership enquries - 0870 873 0060 for touring, technical and general
Leeds and Bradford
Councils have produced cycle maps of the cities. The Leeds map can be
viewed online via the councilís website at
The Trans Pennine
Trail (National Cycle Network Route 67) leads southwards from the Royal
Armouries Museum along the towpath of the Aire & Calder Navigation to
Mickletown (7 miles) and onwards via Wakefield to Barnsley to meet the
east-west route. The Trans Pennine Trail Officer can be contacted on 01226
772574 or visit the website
www.transpenninetrail.org.uk For information on the Leeds section,
please contact 0113 232 9422
Public Transport Information
Travelwise is working in partnership with business and the community
to promote travel awareness and sustainable transport in Leeds, Bradford and
throughout the country.
The Aire Valley Towpath Route on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal runs adjacent
to the Airedale railway line with stations at Leeds, Shipley, Saltaire,
Bingley, Keighley, Steeton and Silsden, Cononley and to Skipton. Train links
beyond Skipton are available. You could walk or cycle one way and catch the
The 760 bus route operates from Leeds to Keighley, passing Kirkstall, Rodley,
Calverley, Greengates, Shipley, Saltaire, Bingley and terminating at
Keighley. All these locations are close to the Aire Valley Towpath Route on
the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
For those walking the route, the bus is an ideal way of getting home!
For further information, please contact Metro on 0113 245 7676 or pick up a
timetable from bus and train stations, libraries and information centres.
Gateway Yorkshire, P0 Box 244, The Arcade, City Station, Leeds, LS1 1PL
0113 242 5242
F 0113 246
Bradford City Hall, Bradford, BD1 1HY
F 01274 739067
Shipley, 2a Well Croft, Shipley, BD18 3QH
F 01274 757018
Saltaire, 2 Victoria Road, Saltaire, BD18 3LY
F 01274 774464
146 Main Street, Bingley, BD16 2HL
1. Halfords, Meadow Road, Leeds 0113 242 8780
2. Woodrup Cycles, 345/347 Kirstall Road, Leeds
0113 263 6212
3. Triangle, 83 New Road South, Horsforth
0113 259 0477
4. Factory Cycle Warehouse, Unit 15G Springfield Commercial Centre,
Bagley Lane, Farsley, Leeds 0113 239 4779
5. Dave Rayner Cyclesport, 24 High Street, Idle,
Bradford 01274 610535
6. Ellis Briggs Cycles, Otley Road, Shipley
7. Keith Lambert Cyclesports, 108 Main Street, Bingley 01274
Leeds and Bradford
project has been generously funded by Leeds and Bradford Councils with
£205,000 from Leeds Council and £83,000 from Bradford Council totalling
£288,000. The route is seen by the councils as a useful commuter link and
leisure facility to encourage people to start cycling; they remain partners
in the scheme as it continues into the next phase of works.
were commissioned by British Waterways and Leeds and Bradford Councils to
prepare a report on the canal corridor in 1995 to determine what was
required to make the towpath suitable for all users and also a suitable
route to link in with the National Cycle Network. The report became the
subject of several years of consultation. The route from Leeds was then
added to the Local Transport Plan (LTP) as the proposed National Cycle
Network Ė Route 66. The Aire Valley Towpath Route is seen by Leeds and
Bradford Councils as an extremely useful commuter route incorporating the
two cities and reducing the number of cyclists on local roads and highways.
The government supported the West Yorkshire LTP which made money available
through the Leeds and Bradford Councils for the project. Sustrans remain
partners in the project as it continues into the next stage of the works.
Route 66 of the National
Cycle Network will eventually run from Manchester to Hull and now includes
the Aire Valley Towpath Route. Route 66 encompasses Manchester, Oldham,
Huddersfield, Bradford, Leeds, York and Hull.
Sustrans Volunteer Rangers
are monitoring the route to encourage safe usage and are available for
advice and guidance on other cycling issues.
Waterways manage and maintain a 2000 mile network of inland waterways in
Britain. The opening of the Aire Valley Towpath Route supports the vision of
British Waterways, to encourage increased usage of the canal towpath and to
make it more accessible for a wider section of the community including
walkers, cyclists, anglers and mobility impaired users.