Burley Woodhead
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Central part of the settlement
Burley Woodhead is located in West Yorkshire
Burley Woodhead
Burley Woodhead
Location within West Yorkshire
OS grid referenceSE155445
• London175 mi (282 km) SSE
Civil parish
  • Burley
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townILKLEY
Postcode districtLS29
Dialling code01943
PoliceWest Yorkshire
FireWest Yorkshire
UK Parliament
List of places
53°53′35″N 1°45′58″W / 53.893°N 1.766°W / 53.893; -1.766Coordinates: 53°53′35″N 1°45′58″W / 53.893°N 1.766°W / 53.893; -1.766

Burley Woodhead is a hamlet in the City of Bradford, in West Yorkshire, England. The hamlet is 1 mile (1.6 km) to the south-west of Burley in Wharfedale and is approximately 3 miles (5 km) from the spa town of Ilkley.[1] Burley Woodhead comprises chiefly of a small cluster of farms and homes along the road from Ilkley to Guiseley at the foot of Burley Moor, though the village is at 560 feet (170 m) above sea level,[2] with the moor being some 1,300 feet (400 m) above sea level. The local public house is The Hermit.[3]

Between 1832 and 1976, the hamlet had its own school.[4] The building itself is a grade II listed structure and is now in private hands.[5][6] The primary schooling is in the nearby village of Burley in Wharfedale at the Burley and Woodhead Primary School.[7] The former Wesleyan Chapel, which dates from 1867, is now a private residence.[8]

The moors to the west have attracted meteorologists and tourists to a weather phenomenon known as the brocken spectre. This occurs when it is foggy and the observer is above the fog with the sun behind them, which creates a shadowy figure. The phenomenon is normally associated with mountains, but occurs on Burley Moor because of the local geography and weather conditions. These same conditions produce fog at Leeds Bradford Airport south 2.5 miles (4 km) to the south-east.[2][9]

To the west of the village is the former quarry workings of Burley Woodhead Moor; the face of the quarry is now used by climbers.[10] The hamlet is also crossed by the Ebor Way and the Dales Way walks.[11]

Carr Beck runs through the southern half of the hamlet and is a tributary of the River Wharfe. The beck is dammed to the west of the village and forms Carr Bottom Reservoir, which is not used as a drinking supply, but as a compensation reservoir.[12] White clawed crayfish have been found in the beck.[13] The reservoir is part of the South Pennines SSSI area.[14]

See also


  1. ^ "297" (Map). Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley. 1:25,000. Explorer. Ordnance Survey. 2015. ISBN 9780319245491.
  2. ^ a b Elie, Janise (4 March 2019). "In search of the Brocken spectre on Burley Moor". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  3. ^ Greaves, Amanda (23 October 2015). "Overnight power cut hits Burley and Menston homes". Wharfedale Observer. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Burley Woodhead School". burleyhistory.org. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  5. ^ Historic England. "School Hall (Grade II) (1314191)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Truant was sent to industrial school". Wharfedale Observer. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Assistant head calls time at Burley & Woodhead". Wharfedale Observer. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Chapel Fold" (PDF). OnTheMarket.com. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  9. ^ McIntyre, Annette (30 May 2019). "Civil Aviation Authority rejects Leeds Bradford Airport's proposed new flight routes". Wharfedale Observer. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Burley Woodhead Quarry". www.thebmc.co.uk. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Stepping up for walkers in Burley". Wharfedale Observer. 10 April 2019. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  12. ^ Jack, Jim (20 October 2018). "Drought order sought for Wharfedale reservoir". Wharfedale Observer. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Endangered native crayfish discovered at Ilkley beck". Wharfedale Observer. 29 January 2019. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  14. ^ "South Pennine Moors SSSI - CARR BOTTOM RESERVOIR (008)". designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk. Retrieved 24 November 2019.