Riverside route


There has long been a public footpath along the river bank north of Kirkstall Abbey. Although this is a lovely walk on a summer evening, the existing path doesn't go anywhere. It gradually gets narrower and narrower until eventually people are faced with a choice between swimming in the river or scaling an almost vertical cliff. Most decide to turn back.

When the outline plans for Kirkstall Forge were agreed in 2007, the developer and the Council signed a s.106 agreement to provide a public footpath between the Abbey and the Forge. This has now been upgraded to a shared walking and cycling route. Sustrans are responsible for the detailed design, and the plans are open for public consultation.

Click here to download a printable version, and an explanation for some unusual features in the design. For further details please contact Cllr. Hannah Bithell.

Last updated 17 December 2019 at 16:38. Back to the top

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