Save Our Stones

Campaign to Increase Usability of The Stones River Crossing at Burley-in Wharfedale


The purpose of this site was to generate support for the restoration of the stepping  stones Right Of Way across the River Wharfe at Burley-in-Wharfedale.

27 June 2013 - The Stones are restored - see Latest News

Burley-in-Wharfedale, set between Ilkley and Otley, is the largest village in Wharfedale yet incredibly is the only one not to have a bridge across the river connecting the Rights of Way at each side. The local authorities involved should be ashamed of this omission. There is no prospect whatever of a bridge being built – see the Why No Bridge page.

However Burley does have some stepping stones across the Wharfe. Although originally installed to control water flows, these stones gained Right Of Way status through habitual use but were declining through gross neglect by Bradford Council. More information is given on The Stones page.


The purpose of this site was to generate support for the restoration of the stepping  stones at the end of Leatherbank as the only realistic way of improving the Right of Way access. Restoration does not preclude construction of a bridge in the future if the obstacles to construction can ever be overcome.

The campaign was successful, aided by the support of Burley Parish Council and Bradford MDC were finally persuaded to fulfill their obligations and repaired The Stones at the beginning of the summer 2013.

It would be a shame if they were allowed to return to a dilapidated state. They are bound to need future maintenance so I appeal to anyone using The Stones to report any which become dislodged/go missing to Burley Parish Council without delay so the issue can be taken up with Bradford MDC.

This website is being retained to preserve the history of the matter in case anyone has need of it in the future.

Click for next page The Stones.