These 15 areas boast stunning scenery, quality local shops, restaurants businesses and good transport links. They all have plenty of green space and schools in the nearby area, making them perfect for families too. Here are 15 small villages within a commutable distance to Leeds:
You may have heard of Bramham as the home of Leeds Festival, which is held in Bramham Park, but it has much more to offer than live music and big crowds.The town has a long history that dates back to the Romans. The oldest part of All Saints Parish Church was built by the Normans in 1150 and the town is famed for the Battle of Bramham Moor which saw nobles rebel against King Henry IV in 1408. Today the town has great two great local pubs, a primary school and a thriving community. It takes around 45 minutes on the bus to get to Leeds city centre. It takes 25 to 30 minutes to drive from Bramham to Leeds via the M1 or the A64. It is a seven minute drive to Wetherby village. It is a 24 minute drive to York.
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2. Sowerby Bridge
The market town of Sowerby Bridge is lesser known than its neighbour Hebden Bridge, however, it shouldn't be discounted as a great place to live. Nestled in the Upper Calder Valley, the former industrial town has a thriving high street, independent restaurants and pubs. It has its own railway station with a direct line to Leeds, or commuters can change at Bradford Interchange. It is also within commuting distance to Manchester. It takes 37 minutes to drive from Sowerby Bridge to Leeds city centre.
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The village that confuses everyone outside of Yorkshire - Slaithwaite. The tiny village is nestled in the Colne Valley and lays across the River Colne and Huddersfield Narrowe Canal. It has a vibrant village centre with many independent pubs and restaurants. It is served by the Slaithwaite railway station which is on the Huddersfield line. It has direct lines Leeds, taking three stops and 36 minutes. It also has direct a direct service to Manchester which takes 42 minutes. It takes 36 minutes to drive to Leeds.
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4. North Rigton
North Rigton is a small village north of Leeds in the Harrogate District. Armscliffe Crag is adjacent to the village, which is considered one of the best rock climbing locations in the country. It is also a popular destination for walkers. Public transport commuters can get the A2 flyer or 36 from Harrogate Road. The nearest station is in Weeton, on the Leeds Harrogate line. It takes about 30 minutes to get to Leeds city centre by car.
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