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Historical Event, Fri 12 Jan 2018

Mike Dixon: By Rail To Otley

Mike Dixon: By Rail To Otley


Starting in August 1865, and for 100 years thereafter, there were two ways to travel by train from Ilkley to Leeds. Both used the Otley-Ilkely joint line as far as Burley junction where the routes diverged. In _By Rail to Otley_, Professor Mike Dixon traces the origins of the railway through Wharfedale and the Burley Arthington link, its working from 1865-1965, demolition and eventual disappeance.

Through archive photographs, old maps, satellite views, and on-the-ground exploration, Mike takes us on a nostalgic story embracing railway, social history, geography and industrial archaology, which will intrigue rail enthusiasts and the general public alike.


Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

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Fri 12 Jan 2018 19:30 to 21:30

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Otley Courthouse,
Courthouse Street,
LS21 3AN



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Map reference: SE 202456  Lat: 53.90617 Long: -1.69401

By Car:

Head into Otley town centre on the A660 and follow the signs for the main car park from Briggate. The Courthouse is next door to the main car park.

By Public Transport:

From Leeds take the X84 express bus. Get off the bus at Otley Bus station, and walk through towards Netto. Cross the road at the crossroads and carry straight on. Take the next left and the Courthouse is found half way up Courthouse Street.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Menston station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality