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The scenic town of Ilkley is situated in the Wharfe Valley, at the southern end of the Yorkshire Dales. Ilkley is a former spa town and is still renowned for its beautiful countryside, fresh air, and moorlands. The town is built on the fortunes of the Victorian mill industries and those looking to live in period houses of this era will not be disappointed.
Just 18 minutes from Ilkley is Britannia Willis of Skipton. They were established in 1929 by Leonard Willis and have continued through to the present day as a family run business. Located in Skipton, Britannia Willis are able to help with removals and storage throughout Yorkshire and the surrounding counties.
Moving to Ilkley
Families moving to Ilkley will be amazed by the huge detached homes on offer. Prices over £450,000 will secure a four or five bedroomed home in a rural setting. Properties over £1,000,000 boast multiple bedrooms, extensive manicured gardens, and private driveways. Three bed semidetached homes start at £220,000 and terraced homes fall between £195,000 and £645,000 dependent on number of bedrooms, condition of the property, and location. Two bedroom apartments require a minimum budget of £100,000.
If you would prefer to rent in Ilkley look to spend a minimum of £450 pcm on a one-bed apartment and £550 pcm on two-bedroom flats. Terraced homes start at around £600 pcm for traditional two-bed cottages, and rise to £1400 pcm for town houses with three or more bedrooms. Family sized semis hover around £850 pcm and detached homes will see figures creeping nearer £1100 pcm.
Schools in Ilkley
Despite Ilkley’s relatively small size, there are a number of primary schools. There is only one secondary school in the immediate area, but pupils are welcome to attend secondary schools in the surrounding towns and villages.
Addingham Primary School was told by Ofsted that it ‘requires improvement’ but has ‘good’ features. All Saints CofE Primary School, Ben Rhydding Primary School, Burley and Woodhead CofE Primary School, and Menston Primary School are all ‘good’. Both Ashlands Primary School and Burley Oaks Primary School are ‘outstanding’.
There are eight secondary schools within a five-mile radius of Ilkley. Ilkley Grammar School is a co-education state school for children aged 11 to 18 and is ‘good’. The remaining seven schools are a mix of independent and state. The only ‘outstanding’ secondary school is St Mary’s Catholic High which is a 15-minute drive away in Menston.
Transport Links Ilkley
Ilkley is on the A65, which provides direct access to roads connecting to the M1, M621, and Leeds. The city of Leeds is just a 40-minute drive away and there are a number of public transport options for those who do not drive or would prefer to leave the car at home.
As well as many and regional bus services, Ilkley also boasts a railway station. Monday to Saturday, trains run to and from Leeds and Bradford twice per hour. In peak hours, services are hourly in each direction. On Sundays, services are less regular.
Just 20 minutes from Ilkley is Leeds Bradford Airport. Ideal for holidaymakers and business flyers alike, there are regular flights to UK destinations, Europe, America, Asia, Australia, and the Caribbean.