Walking in the Aire
Reviewer: Janet Richardson
A SERIES of 14 short and scenic walks, several within easy reach of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, are featured in a new book on walking in Airedale.
It is a first walking book for author Lee Senior, already known to regular Towpath Talk readers as our gardening contributor. In his foreword, he says that it has been a labour of love.
He states: “You do not necessarily need to be super fit to enjoy the walks.” Ranging from two to eight miles, they can all be comfortably completed in 2-4 hours and are suitable for occasional and family walkers as well as those more experienced.
Lee’s walks are numbered in the direction of the River Aire from its source just south of Malham towards the River Ouse, east of Castleford.
The sun was shining through a clear blue winter sky as I delved into this easy-to-follow book making me wish I was out walking instead of sitting behind a desk.
Each of the walks includes a colour photograph, map and a factfile giving details of the distance and time required, map references, accessibility by car or public transport and snippets of historical interest. Lee advises walkers to take the relevant OS map and a compass to supplement the information.
Starting points include the canalside towns of Skipton, Saltaire, Bingley and Apperley Bridge with routes including stretches of canal towpath as well as along the River Aire. Anyone completing all 14 walks can buy a certificate recognising their achievement.
Walking in the Aire by Lee Senior (RRP £6.99, 83 pages, softback) is published by Trigpoint Publications and can be purchased via Lee’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/walkingintheaire/ or direct from Lee for £8.44 including p&p, email firstname.lastname@example.org