Bradford - Geography

Geography

Bradford is located at 53°45′00″N 01°50′00″W / 53.75°N 1.8333333°W / 53.75; -1.8333333 (53.7500, -1.8333)1. Topographically, it is located in the eastern moorland region of the South Pennines.

Bradford is not built on any substantial body of water but is situated at the junction of three valleys, one of them, that of the Bradford Beck which rises in moorland to the west, and is swelled by its tributaries, the Horton Beck, Westbrook, Bowling Beck and Eastbrook. At the site of the original ford, the beck turns north, and flows towards the River Aire at Shipley. Bradfordale (or Bradforddale) is a name given to this valley (see for example Firth 1997). It can be regarded as one of the Yorkshire Dales, though as it passes though the city, it is often not recognised as such. The beck's course through the city centre is culverted and has been since the mid 19th century. On the 1852 Ordnance Survey map it is visible as far as Sun Bridge, at the end of Tyrrell Street, and then from beside Bradford Forster Square railway station on Kirkgate. On the 1906 Ordnance Survey, it disappears at Tumbling Hill Street, off Thornton Road, and appears north of Cape Street, off Valley Road, though there are culverts as far as Queens Road.

The Bradford Canal, built in 1774, linking the city to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal took its water from Bradford Beck and its tributaries. The supply was often inadequate to feed the locks, and the polluted state of the canal led to its temporary closure in 1866: the canal was closed in the early 20th century as uneconomic.

Destinations from Bradford
The Yorkshire Dales, Skipton, Keighley, Bingley, Cottingley, Heaton The Yorkshire Dales, Ilkley, Otley, Guiseley, Baildon, Shipley, Saltaire York, Wetherby, Harrogate, Leeds Bradford Airport, Greengates, Eccleshill
University of Bradford, Thornton, Denholme, Oxenhope, Haworth, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Burnley Thornbury, Pudsey, Leeds, Selby
Bradford
Wibsey, Buttershaw, Clayton, Queensbury, Halifax, Rochdale, Oldham, Manchester Wyke, Oakenshaw, Bailiff Bridge, Cleckheaton, Brighouse, Huddersfield, Holmfirth East Bowling, Tong, Morley, Batley, Dewsbury, Ossett, Wakefield

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