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Samantha Butterfield
Sutton in Craven
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 16:42
pathway at kildwick
I wondered if anybody knows if its ok to cycle on the path that runs between the canal and the river at kildwick towards silsden and if the pathway actually runs right through to silsden? I've tried the canal path but its so badly rutted and I'm so out of practice that I keep nearly ending up in the water! Thanks!
Howard Barrett
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 20:19
It's many years since I walked the path that you refer to - before they built the dual carriageway probably. The path runs through to Silsden, emerging onto the main Silsden - Steeton road at a stile close to the river, in the field used by the circus from time to time. However, a word of caution if you intend cycling, the path goes through a series of fields with gates or stiles separating them. Further, almost all that stretch of land is part of the Aire Valley Lake District and if it's not standing in water, I recall it being muddy in places for much of the year. Good for the leg muscles though!
Samantha Butterfield
Sutton in Craven
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 20:30
Thanks Howard, that's really good of you. I'll be brave and give it a go! If the canal path is anything to go by then I think you're right and it will be just too boggy but she who dares.....gets to silsden! :-)
Tony Ingham
Thursday, February 2, 2012 08:22
Where is Silsden.
Samantha Butterfield
Sutton in Craven
Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:20
Between kildwick and keighley. Are you new to the area Tony?
Maurice Atkinson
Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:45
He's winding you up Samantha----Tony has lived in Sutton all his life!
Samantha Butterfield
Sutton in Craven
Thursday, February 2, 2012 13:47
Ah, that's a shame, I was hoping to bore him senseless with all the lovely things we have to offer in this area! ,-)
Julian Hide
Friday, February 3, 2012 10:14
Not wishing to be a "party pooper", if you look at N Yorks rights of way mapping on-line, I think you'll find that the path to which you refer is just that, a footpath, and not a bridleway. There is, therefore strictly speaking, no right to cycle.
Samantha Butterfield
Sutton in Craven
Friday, February 3, 2012 15:35
I walked it today and although there is no sign saying you can't cycle, its clear that its not welcome as there are many styles along the route that are not even possible to carry your bike over, and to be honest I think that's fine. Farmers have a lot on with trying to do their thing and having to cope with ancient rights of way that traditionally have to cut through their land. It's a sad fact that not everybody bahaves well I'm afraid. On the plus side, we had a lovely morning walking on the river to silsden and then back along the canal to kildwick in the crisp wintry sunshine!

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