Aire Head Springs

As the name suggests, Aire Head Springs is the "official" rising of the River Aire, where the waters from Malham Tarn (which disappear mysteriously underground at Water Sinks) resurface before joining Malham Beck near Airton just to the south of Malham in Malhamdale.

From here on the infant River Aire flows on to the end of Malhamdale, and then in to the Aire Gap and Airedale and along the Aire Valley through the industrial conurbation of West Yorkshire and the city of Leeds and on in to the Vale of York to eventually feed in to the River Ouse near Goole at the head of the Humber Estuary.

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