Benefits of a Footbridge over the Wharfe at Burley
The creation of a footbridge across the River Wharfe at Burley in Wharfedale would mean pedestrians would not have to make the considerable detour via either Denton Bridge at Ben Rhydding, or Otley Bridge in the centre of Otley, in order to gain access to the footpath network north of the river. In addition a bridge would:-
Provide a safe, all year round, crossing of the river. The existing stepping stones are covered by water for many months, making the crossing frequently impassable for walkers and runners. After the stones have been covered for a period of time, they are slippery and hazardous. Many older and less mobile residents and those with balance problems, are also unable to use the stepping stones.
Provide a direct route for residents of Burley in Wharfedale to the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on their doorstep without the use of cars or having to walk along busy and polluted roads.
Open up attractive new local walks and running routes over the river for the residents of, and visitors to, Burley in Wharfedale.
Make a lasting and valuable local amenity that will encourage outdoor recreation for people of all age groups.
The Burley Bridge Association 2015. The Burley Bridge Association is a charity registered in England and Wales (1163568).