Ilkley walking trails to inspire families to exercise, explore and learn

The first of five planned trails in and around the town has just been released. 'The Three Bridges' is a 1 3/4 mile circular walk starting at the Riverside Hotel carpark and suitable for all ages and abilities.

The project initiated by Friends of Ashlands and the PTA of Ashlands Primary School in Ilkley, will see further trails developed throughout 2021, each will differ in its location and theme which will be seasonally linked but with nature always at the heart.

Nicola Holmes, Chair of Friends of Ashlands said “We love exploring our local area so wanted to develop these trails to give families a purpose for theirs walks and to provide information and inspiration along the way. Ashlands is proud to play an active role in the community with a focus on the environment. Last year’s Wildflower Meadow project on Leeds Road was well received and so we hope this year local families enjoy following these trails. Thanks to Ilkley Town Council for their support in funding this project”.

Working in partnership to develop the trails is Nell Bank, the well-known Ilkley based outdoor centre which provides day and residential experiences for schools and community groups. Dan Goodey, Head of Centre at Nell Bank said “We were delighted to be asked to support this project and to be able to help encourage people to explore and enjoy their natural environment. The Three Bridges route is one we use regularly with children visiting the centre. It’s a fantastic route, packed with interest which has now been brought to life for everyone to enjoy. The Three Bridges trail, the first