Geography of Bradford
The city is located west of Leeds, within easy reach of Halifax.
The Bradford District covers an area of 143 square miles, 60% of which is made
up of green open spaces. Scattered within the area are the rolling landscapes
of the Airedale and Wharfedale valleys and the rugged Pennine moors.
Bradford lies on a small tributary of the Aire River. The area near Aire Head
Springs to the south of Malham, where it meets the River Aire, is known as Airedale.
From here, the river flows into a broad flood plain in the Aire Gap, to the
south of Skipton and then through Keighley, Bingley, Saltaire, Shipley and Bradford.
It then goes on to Leeds on its route to the Humber estuary and the North Sea.
Wharfedale valley's scenery is dominated by the Great Scar Limestone of the
Craven Pennines, and throughout the valley white scars of rock mark the hillsides,
sometimes forming spectacular outcrops such as Kilnsey Crag. Never far from
the river, the views of Wharfedale from Bolton Abbey up to the River Wharfe's
source -over twenty miles away on Cam Fell above Beckermonds - are just breathtaking.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Victoria Hotel Bradford
Express by Holiday Inn Bradford City Centre
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full list of hotels and online booking