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Bingley
SE105384 (3*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Stephen Nicholls (03/12/2002)

'The ford is situated on a narrow lane running past beckfoot golf club. The lane is tarmac when approaching from the Bradford end but immediately after there is a short but driveable unmetalled section before becoming tarmac again. The ford itself is 5 to 6 car lengths across and looks to be around one foot deep however it may be deeper. The bottom is fairly rough with larger stones etc. The other side of the ford there is a fairly steep concrete bank.'

Extra info from Richard A Thackery:
'I visited this a couple of weeks ago whilst out photographing Pack-Horse bridges. It isn't as old as it looks, dating only to about 1740. It is on the monastic route from Rievaulx Abbey to the Monks Iron foundry at Harden. The water is around knee-depth (18") with some large boulders at irregular intervals. I had my waders on whilst taking picures of it. Driveable, but the northern approach road is quite narrow, it would neccesitate a long reverse for one vehicle.'







Brighouse
SE147237 (4*) Suitable for All
(05/06/2002)

A very unusual ford in a semi-urban setting. On this visit, the ford was shallow and lasted for around 5 car lengths. However, the splashdown could last for a lot longer as there is plenty of cobbles for the river to spill over. This one is well worth a visit and has an adjoining car park and country park. Image 2 mouseover sent in by John Walker (11/09/2003)





Fixby
SE139195 (2*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Chris Marsh (25/07/2003)

'Full time ford on narrow bend. Cobbled and about 1 car in length. Signed on both approaches.'





Greengates
SE195369 (2*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Aaron Sharpe and John Walton (06/01/2013)

It is only about 6' across and an inch or two deep most of the time. Access from the Bradford side is down a tarmac and cobblestone track behind the petrol station. The Leeds side is a steep gravel track but most cars with reasonable clearance would manage it, or turn back with a 3 point turn.

Link to geograph





Hetchell Wood
SE375422 (3*) Restricted Access
Sent in by John Walton (07/02/2014)

'This ford is found along a Roman road close to the Roman site of Pompocali on the Bardsey Beck in Hetchell Wood.'





Kebroyd
SE044211 (2*) Restricted Access
Sent in by Ian Marson (07/03/2009)

'A few miles downstream from the Rishworth ford, this one is entirely on private land. I don't know who the landowner is so haven't driven it. Approaches are steep (4x4) and bottom is river bed but pretty even. Only a few inches of water when pic taken but considerably more after heavy rain. High footbridge adjacent.'





Kirkstall
SE263350 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by John Walton (07/02/2014)

'This ford and weir are found on the River Aire within the Kirkstall Valley Nature Reserve beside the golf course.'









Newmillerdam
SE331160 (2*) DECEASED!
Sent in by Chris Marsh (19/03/2003)

Image 3 and Details from Richard A. Thackery (29/08/2006): 'Used to be fairly shallow (4") - only just covered tyres of my first car (Chevette). It then got dammed downstream by local kids, and started to vary from 2foot up to about 5foot after heavy rain. (It is the only drain out of Newmillerdam which is a largish lake). I've seen it deep enough to enter the cab of a101FC.

A few years ago, a local councillor wanted volunteers a few years ago to help clear it out, as it was apparently part of a carriage drive from a local big house (now demolished). It is normally too deep & rubbish filled to enter in my Discovery!'







Norwood Green (x2!)

SE136267 (2*) Off-Roaders Only!
SE141258 (2*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Chris Marsh (Image 1: 03/11/2003) and Humphrey Bolton (20/12/2005)

'Image 1 shows Ford on Rooks Lane. Shallow with a loose rocky base. Deceptive exit - easy to x-axle the gulley.'

The second ford appears to be a public 'green lane' (actually mud-brown!) and from memory is probably possible but not really suitable for motor vehicles (good for mountain bikes). It has not been designated as any type of right-of-way by the council, but then very few have around here (Image 2).





Rishworth
SE039179 (1*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Stephen Nicholls (16/03/2003)

'The ford is on a public byway. The approach to the byway is up a very narrow and steep lane. The byway is an unmade public road but has a fairly solid base of gravel and motorable with a little care. The ford needs a little more care than the road. It is about 5 metres across and has a cobbled base, which is falling into disrepair. There is a large step out of the ford on one side. It is only about 6-8 inches in depth. There is also a small footbridge.'





Scarcroft
SE351429 (2*) Suitable for All
Sent in by Stephen Nicholls

'The ford is on a very minor road and on my visit was 6 inches deep and 3-4 metres across. It has a cobbled base and full set of signs including a portable flood sign suggesting the ford can get deep. The design of the ford also looked like it could produce a splashdown of around 2 feet after heavy rain.' Image mouseover sent in by Colin May (10/08/2004)





Silsden
SE042464 (3*) Restricted Access
Sent in by John Lomas (02/05/2005)

'A historic wagon ford, across Silsden Beck, preserved from a visual aspect if not a practical one, it is in the local conservation area.. (Bridge alongside used to be a Packhorse bridge until mid 19C)'





Thorner
SE375400 (3*) Off-Roaders Only!
Sent in by Stephen Nicholls (07/02/2003)

'The ford is approximately 30metres long and about 6 inches deep for the whole length. The river crosses a minor road and flows down it for a little while before passing over a small weir. The base of the ford is gravel and there is an adjacent footbridge running the whole length of the ford'









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