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 in a poor state of repair and are covered by water for much of the time, making the crossing impassable for walkers.
- Provide a direct route for residents of Burley in Wharfedale to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on their doorstep.
- Open up attractive new local walks over the river for the residents of, and visitors to, Burley in Wharfedale.
- Make a lasting project and valuable local amenity for people of all age groups.