in Wharfedale Stepping Stones
Anyone who has tried a walking
route which involved crossing the river Wharfe via the stepping stones at
Burley in Wharfedale could have felt frustration on arriving at the
river, to find that they were under water. There has been no way to know
the state of them, before making the half mile trek to the river.
There is a Government Check for
Flooding service at Ilkley which shows real time river level figures, for
the Wharfe virtually on an hourly basis, and I have long thought that there
must be some correlation between the level recorded there and that the
information would help in planning walks.
During a relatively dry spell
between 19 January 2023 and 14 February 2023, I made a series of visits to
the stepping stones site at the river, to observe the river level and
recorded the readings at the Ilkley measuring station. It is surprising what
a difference a couple of centimeters at Ilkley makes to the level at Burley.
To cut a long story short, a
crossing of these stones should be possible if the river level recorded at
The real time river levels at
Ilkley can be
checked at https://check-for-flooding.service.gov.uk/station/8106
The study also revealed that the
stepping stones are unavailable for 70% of the year. The odds are therefore
that if you simply trust to luck, you will have a wasted trip! Even in mid
summer, a crossing is not guaranteed.
For anyone who is interested in
the detail, I have put my findings in a report and spreadsheet as PDFs which
can be seen via the following links.
showing daily water levels in 2021
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site is given in good faith and no liability is accepted in respect of any
damage, loss or injury which might result from acting on it.