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Ben Rhydding is part of the Ilkley ubran area and belongs the City of Bradford.The villages former name was Wheatley until the arrival of the hydropathic establishment in 1844 and the railway station that was built to serve it, lent the name Ben Rhydding to the area.

Today it is a predominantly residential area of Ilkley and still makes good use of the Ben Rhydding railway station. It also boasts a pub, two petrol stations, two churches, a beautiful golf course and a number of local shops, however the main shopping destination for the village is the town of Ilkley itself.

For commuters both Bradford and Leeds are within easy reach via the A650 and A660 respectively. Both journeys take approximately 40 minutes by road or 45 minutes by rail.

Transport Links

  • Ben Rhydding Train Station provides regular services into Ilkley, Leeds and Bradford, making it a popular transport option with many commuters in the area.

  • For drivers, the A65 provides easy access into Leeds and actually runs all the way across the country to Kendal in Cumrbia. 

  • For international travel, Leeds Bradford Airport is also close by, taking just twenty minutes to get there by car.


Ben Rhydding Primary School was rated Good in their most recent Ofsted inspection and it has been ranked in the top 3% of Primary schools in the country according the The Sunday Times. An alternative, but equally impressive choice for primary education in the area is the Sacred Heart Catholic School in Ilkley. This school has been described as a ‘hidden gem’ and it is easy to see why. It has won several awards over the years and has been Ofsted rated ‘Outstanding’. 

For secondary education, Ilkley Grammar School has been rated as Outstanding by Oftsted and specialises in humanities and sciences. It gained academy status in 2011 and is a very popular choice among parents in the area.


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Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Yorkshire Dales includes some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK, from crags and pavements to an underground labyrinth of caves set against expansive heather moorland tops. The area is dotted with stone-built villages, spectacular waterfalls and ancient woodland as well as other exciting features just waiting to be explored. 

Clevedon Restaurant

The Clevedon restaurant and bistro in Ilkley offers a contemporary, seasonal menu made up of locally sourced, fresh dishes. The decor itself is modern yet full of English charisma and it is well known for its relaxed atmosphere and a unique dining experience.

Ilkley pool and lido

Ilkley Pool and Lido boasts a heated 25m x 11m indoor pool, which is open all year round, plus a picturesque outdoor pool and cafe which is open from May to September, complete with a water fountain to play with too! It is a great way to cool off during  the summer or improve on those potentially lifesaving skills at any time of year and it is a very popular choice for a fun family day out just on the doorstep.

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