Where to live in N/W yorks / north west
We stayed just outside Ulverston at Easter. People stand at the side of the road and point at birds in the sky and stuff. Nice (if mega pricey) Booths supermarket though – best beer aisle I’ve ever seen in a supermarket.
Harrogate is a nice place, as is York. Kinda Harrogate but cheaper, Knaresborough is good – not sure about schools though.
If you don’t really need to be somewhere mega accessable, Kirby Lonsdale seems like a really nice place. Big enough for a good (grammar?) school as well as being minutes from the M6.Posted 5 years agomastiles_fanylionMember
Knaresborough is good – not sure about schools though.
Aspin Primary is the best primary school in the area (including Harrogate) and has been for many years. The one on Stockwell Lane (was called Castle but I think it is renamed now) is also very good.
King James Secondary is slightly above average in the area, the best being Harrogate Grammar and St Aiden’s (but that is a religious school and VERY difficult to get into).Posted 5 years ago3dpatriotMember
there is always Garforth or Aberford ( North Leeds )
Great schools, 2 minutes drive to either A1 or link road to m62 and m1 30 mins drive into Leeds at rush hour and only 20 mins if not.
Train access on the main leeds York and machester lines and plenty of pubs
Nice high streets and a good mix of properties.
Just an idea oh and plenty of local riding both on and off roadPosted 5 years agoheadpotdogMember
Burley in Wharfedale fits the bill quite nicely for you I reckon. Not quite as expensive as Ilkley or Harrogate, but a bit nicer than Otley or Guiseley IMO. The issue with Ilkley Grammer has been resolved for now by the way.
I was brought up near Kendal and went to school at Kirkby Lonsdale & while it’s a really nice area, the houses are at least as expensive as Ilkley & Harrogate and you really have to drive to Kendal, Lancaster & Penrith to get to the range of shops & facilities you can easily get around Leeds & Bradford. Convenient, it ain’t 😉Posted 5 years agojohn_drummerMember
Adel & Bramhope are on the A660 Otley Road, which on the section that goes from Weetwood roundabout to town. i.e. studentville, is an even bigger pain than the A65 through Ilkley.
No trains out that way either.Posted 5 years ago
But they are nice. Bramhope is also very convenient for the airportmark_bMember
I live in one of the ‘villages’ on the Ilkley train line.
A65 is busy – but then show me a road into or out of Leeds that isn’t ! At least living the right side of Leeds towards the dales cuts out a lot of driving through suburbia when you do want to get away.
Schools are all good round the area – not sure why the downer on Guiseley schools – did you included Tranmere Park in that assessment? My knowledge suggests they are all ‘good’ and more than their fair share are ‘excellent’.
Train service to Leeds/Bradford is by far and away the most convenient way to get to work but if you wanted to cycle there is the canal tow path down Airedale or off road routes via the Chevin/Golden Acre Park/Meanwood Valley.
You can see planes taking off from LBA from my garden – fortunately it’s still a regional airport and long may it’s development be stalled 🙂
But most importantly the local riding is excellent both on and off road.Posted 5 years ago
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