A source of Aire You come from karst A tarn, to start Then trickle through A fence, a wall Before you hide Under your bed In Sink Hole. Gurgling like A bunch of lads You play a prank And run downhill To meet your mates The Becks Malham and Gordale. Then off you go Through textile towns Over weirs Under cut Slowly getting Softened up By millstone grit.
The River Aire
The River Aire starts life on the Pennine moors at Malham Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. A stream comes from the tarn, trickles under a fence, through a wall and then disappears underground into the limestone at Sink Hole. It reappears, not under Malham Cove as some people believe, but on the other side of Malham Village at Aire Head. There, it meets up with Malham Beck and Gordale Beck. The Aire continues along the route of the Pennine Way into the millstone grit at Gargrave, then goes through Skipton, Keighley and other former textile towns in Airedale. The Aire runs into the Ouse at Airmyn, then the Humber and into the North Sea on the east coast of Yorkshire.
Airedale: Terrier and Terrain
The source of the River Aire and its journey can be seen in my documentary film Airedale: Terrier and Terrain. This will be screened during the opening of the RATMA Film Festival at The Picture House, Keighley, on October 8, 2022.