Gargrave is the upper point of DNAire. It is here in the streams and gravel beds near here that one day we should see salmon spawning. At Gargarve the River Aire turns north towards its source at Malham Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales and the Leeds-Liverpool Canal turns south-west towards Lancashire.
Here we want to work with Gargrave Heritage Group to introduce to the role the river has played in the history of Gargrave. This is just one of the local history groups we plan to work with during DNAire.
The two waterways have been central to the life and development of Gargrave. Goods flowed through Gargrave after the opening of the Canal in 1777. Lead from the Dales mines was loaded at Gargrave and the barges returned with coal, corn, glass and other merchandise.
A weir on the River Aire at Gargrave powered a cotton mill until 1932. When Airebank (Low) Mill closed Gargrave fell into a depression in the early 1930s. Johnson and Johnson and later Systagenix have produced medical supplies on this site since then.
Why not explore the scenic countryside and riverbanks of the upper Aire with DNAire? We plan a number of walks exploring the river, the canal and the historic pubs that once provided refreshment for the workers working on them. Alternatively, if you fancy a challenge, you can start our planned riverside walking route to follow the migration of the salmon downstream to Thwaites Mill in south Leeds.