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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' trail 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 in this series is very accessible so perfect for all abilities.”   

The project compliments the recent #walkshire campaign launched by Welcome to Yorkshire which aims to demonstrate the physical and mental health benefits of walking as both a recreational activity and whilst at work. 

Mayor of Ilkley Mark Stidworthy says about the project "It's more important than ever for our health and wellbeing that we get outdoors safely as families or individuals. We have a fantastic town with many interesting and beautiful corners, and Ilkley Town Council is delighted to support this new series of trails providing opportunities for all of us to Discover Ilkley in the months ahead."

Back in Ilkley and looking ahead the next trail will be released later this spring and with an Easter theme.  Keep an eye out for more information and enjoy exploring.  

The trails are contact free and will be distributed through the schools community as well as available to download on www.discoverilkley.co.uk and the Loyal Free app.  

Trail users are encouraged to share trail walk photos using #discoverilkley and #ilkleytrails and tag @friendsofashlands @nellbank @discoverilkley


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