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The local area guide to living in Burley-in-Wharfedale

Located a convenient 11 miles to the northwest of Leeds, Burley-in-Wharfedale is a village and civil parish nestled in the greenery of the Wharfedale Valley. It’s part of West Yorkshire County, located along the A65 road. The natural setting can be enjoyed in areas like Corn Mill Pond, a former reservoir that is now a haven for wildlife, as well as the Sun Lane Nature Reserve.

The population is just under 6,000 residents, who can take advantage of local services that include a village green, lecture hall, post office, and multiple churches. Architecture is varied and interesting, ranging from modern townhouses to Victorian terraces. There’s a strong sense of community in this lively village, which can particularly be experienced during the annual Burley Summer Festival. Events include a classic car show, dog show and scarecrow trail inviting residents to create artistic displays in their gardens.

Information about the local residents

Burley-in-Wharfedale was originally a small, primarily agricultural community, before expanding in the 18th and 19th centuries during the industrial revolution. During this time, many residents were employed at local cotton mills powered by the River Wharfe. Housing developments in the last century and the village’s close proximity to nearby Leeds and Bradford transformed it into a popular dormitory town for commuters, and today the local demographic includes a high percentage of elderly residents as well as young families attracted by the town’s location and schools.

In the Wharfedale ward as a whole, nearly one-third of residents are listed as having Professional occupations, while over 15% are managers, directors and senior officials. Approximately the same percentage are associate professionals. Other occupations listed in this ward include teachers, public service associates and skilled trades.

Nearby schools

With an influx of young families, the town offers a number of schools to serve them. Primary schools include Burley Oaks Primary School and Burley and Woodhead C of E Primary School, Burley Oaks has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and has a motto of ‘Belong, Believe, Achieve.’ Burley and Woodhead earned a ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted, with strengths in the report including strong teaching skills and a safe, positive learning environment.

At the secondary level, many students travel to the neighbouring town of Ilkley to attend Ilkley Grammar School. This is a coeducational school specialising in the humanities and sciences, which earned academy status in 2011. St. Mary’s Menston Catholic Voluntary Academy is another option, rated ‘Outstanding’ and serving pupils aged 11 to 18 years.

Getting around

Burley-in-Wharfedale is well connected, both to neighbouring villages as well as to Leeds and Bradford. There is a railway station in town, situated on the Wharfedale Line with direct trains running regularly to Ilkley, Leeds, and Bradford. Timetables are displayed at the station, but there is no ticket office so residents must purchase tickets in advance or on the train. Railway stations are also located in nearby Ilkley and Menston. Bus services run regularly to Leeds, Skipton, Otley, and Ilkley. The closest airport is Leeds Bradford International.

The village is located just off the A65 road, which provides motorists with access to Leeds city centre (a mere 15-minute drive), Bradford, Ilkley, Otley, and other nearby towns.

Local shops

Burley’s traditional village High Street contains a selection of independent shops and services to serve the community. Shops include a chemist and bedroom furniture shop. The Wharfedale Deli is a popular local pit stop, offering a selection of sandwiches and sweets for takeaway or sit-in services. A Co-operative supermarket is also located within Burley-in-Wharfedale for grocery shopping needs.

You’ll find a similar smattering of independent shops in Ilkley and Otley, but many residents simply hop on a train into Leeds for wider shopping opportunities. Trinity Leeds is a modern shopping centre featuring over 120 retailers under an elegant glass roof, while over 600 stalls can be found in the historic Kirkgate Market.

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