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For other uses, see Airedale (disambiguation).
The central Pennines can be easily traversed by low passes: * Airedale to Ribblesdale 144 m (472 ft) near Barnoldswick. * Airedale to Pendle Water 165 m (541 ft) near Colne. * Airedale to Londsdale 166 m (545 ft) near Settle.[1]

Coordinates: 54°01′01″N 1°27′54″W / 54.017°N 1.465°W / 54.017; -1.465 Airedale is a geographic area in Yorkshire, England, corresponding to the river valley of the River Aire (pronounced air).

The valley stretches from the river's origin in Malham which is in the Yorkshire Dales, down past Skipton on to Keighley, Bingley and Shipley through to Leeds and Castleford and on to join the River Ouse at Airmyn.

This valley is of great topographic significance as it provides low-altitude passes through the mid Pennines to the west coast.

The area gives its name to the Airedale Terrier the largest of the Terrier breed of dogs. They were first bred in the area in the early nineteenth century.


  1. ^ Google Earth Altitudes given by Google Earth maps