Riverside Gardens – Ilkley, UK
Posted by: dtrebilc
N 53° 55.661 W 001° 49.412
30U E 577248 N 5976116
Quick Description: These riverside gardens were opened in 1953 as a memorial for all citizens of Ilkley that died in the Second World War.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 5/1/2012 11:44:10 AM
Waymark Code: WMEB9Z
There is a small pedestrian entrance with metal gates to the gardens at the southern end of Middleton Road Bridge. At the bottom of the steps leading from the gates is the war memorial, a boulder with an attached metal plaque.
The gardens are more correctly known as Riverside War Memorial Gardens, but these days are just referred to as Riverside Gardens.
The gardens themselves are next to the River Wharfe and are laid out as park land, with paths through the park and alongside the river.
In the middle of the parks is a children’s playground with a number of facilities such as swings, climbing frames and a slide.
The far end of the park has a pub and cafe with outside seating, and a car park. Also at this point it is possible to hire rowing boats in the summer months.
Not far from the cafe is one end of an 82 mile hiking trail called the Dales Way. It follows a number of rivers through 2 National Parks and ends in Bowness in the Lake District.
The park is well maintained and popular with joggers, dog walkers and families. In the summer it is particularly popular and often has a bouncy castle at weekends.
There is plenty of free parking near the cafe, but also along the length of Bridge Lane which runs alongside the park. There is also free parking on Middleton Avenue at the entrance at the co-ordinates.
Name: Riverside Gardens
Street Location: xxxx
Local Municipality: Ilkley
State/Province, etc.: West Yorkshire
Country: United Kingdom
Web Site: [Web Link]
Memorial/Commemoration: Citizens of Ilkley who died in World War II
Date Established: 4/1/1953
Picnic Facilities: Tables, but only for food bought at the cafe.
Rowing boats in the summer
Children's Bouncy Castle in the summer
One end of an 85 mile hiking trail.
Fishing in the River Wharfe but you need a licence from the Visitor Centre in the town.
Outdoor Keep Fit Classes every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7pm and Saturday morning at 8am.
Monuments/Statues: Ilkley Citizens' World War II Memorial
Ponds/Lakes/Streams/Rivers/Beach: River Wharfe
Art (murals/sculpture, etc.): Not listed
Fountains: Not listed
Special Events: Not listed
Traditional Geocaches: Not listed
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