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Menston

Menston is one of the Wharfe Valleys most desirable addresses, and families, young professionals and retirees flock to the area for the village atmosphere, the community spirit and the green space of Menston Park.

With excellent schools, Menston has all the benefits of living in one of the surrounding towns but with a safe, village atmosphere, and lots of green spaces. Unlike other Leeds suburbs, it’s the fantastic transport links in the form of the Wharfedale line railway that really transformed Menston into the exciting, residential hotspot it is today.

Guiseley

Guiseley boasts a friendly, village feel and much needed open space, with plane trees, the nobility of the Hill, attractive period houses and a sophisticated selection of small, local shops, pubs and restaurants.

The area’s main attraction however is Highbury Fields – 29 acres of open space extending from Highbury Corner to Highbury Barn. The fields offer fantastic sports facilities, with a gym, swimming pool and tennis courts – as well as a lovely place to enjoy a leisurely stroll or a picnic on a summer’s day.

Otley

Otley is a thriving, market town located on the banks of the river Wharfe, with a strong community feel. Throughout the year there is plenty going on in this fabulous town. Annually, Otley hosts a Folk Festival, a Victorian Fayre, a Carnival and what is reputed to be the oldest one day Agricultural shows in the country.

For sportier inhabitants there is also plenty going on, with various sports clubs including, angling, athletics, cricket, Rugby, football and cycling. Otley recently featured on the Yorkshire leg of the Tour de France.

With many well-known inhabitants both past and present from Thomas Chippendale to Mike Tindall, Otley is vibrant and bustling place to live.

Ilkley

Ilkley needs no introduction. Upmarket, thriving, rich in culture, Ilkley is a hub for food and drink, culture and beautiful open spaces, it’s without doubt one of Yorkshire’s most fashionable places to live. With a Michelin starred restaurant and several boutique clothing stores, Ilkley is pretty posh!

Families and retirees are drawn to the Ilkley lifestyle of scenic walks by the river or moors, Sunday brunching and convenient living. Shopaholics are also well catered for; The Grove is home to big-name chains and an array of independent stores. Plus being at the end of the Wharfedale train line, getting into Leeds is as convenient as can be.

Burley in Wharfedale

Burley in Wharfedale is blessed with lots of green, open spaces – including Grange Park – as well as an excellent array of pubs, independent shops, excellent schools and nurseries.

Burley has a real community feel and hosts a Classic Car Show and Carnival each summer where everybody from the local area joins together for a day of family entertainment. Each Christmas Burley is lit up with lights which have been described as “the best in Wharfedale” and Grange Park and Main Street are filled with the Christmas market. Burley in Wharfedale is another family friendly village, with an easy commute to the centre of Leeds via the Wharfedale line train.

Yeadon

Yeadon’s high street is filled with independent shops, cafes and pubs alongside a larger Morrisons supermarket. The Town Hall is a well- used music and theatre venue and Fridays see the weekly outdoor market bustling.

Yeadon tarn is a well-used leisure facility where locals stroll, sail and fish, there are many activities available. As well as the Tarn, Nunroyd Park provides another lovely green space, perfect for family leisure activities. Now the home of an international airport, Yeadon has had aviation links since wartimes, the airport provides employment locally, as well as a convenient link to popular holiday and business destinations.

Baildon

Baildon is a traditional Yorkshire village with a good selection of independent, pubs, eateries and shops, there is pretty much everything you could need to find here. A popular farmers market is held every month and on sunny days bikers can often been seen grabbing a cool drink in one of the pub beer gardens.

Baildon moors provide a spectacular back drop for a bracing walk, or round on the golf course. With convenient transport links via rail or bus to both Leeds and Bradford, Baildon provides value for money housing for families, couples and first time buyers alike.

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