THREE parish councils are joining forces to look at setting up a walking and cycle route through Burley, Ilkley and Addingham.

A steering group is being set up with a councillor and clerk from each of the councils in the three areas to consider the possibility of a spur from the Wharfedale Greenway.

In January Ilkley parish councillors gave the go-ahead to a feasibility study from Sustrans which will cost £12,000. This week Ilkley Parish Council's chairman Cllr Brian Mann told members offers of help towards funding the study had come from Ilkley Cycling Club, Addingham Parish Council and Burley-in-Wharfedale Parish Council. He said a contribution from Bradford Council was also likely. The feasibility study will now go ahead and a steering group will be set up.

The planned Wharfedale Greenway will create a series of off-road paths between Pool-in-Wharfedale, Menston, Otley and Burley. Supporters of the scheme say it will bring transport, environmental, health, tourism and economic benefits to the communities of Wharfedale that it will link together.

The feasibility study is the first step in a process that could see the scheme extended out to Ilkley and Addingham.