The boss of Bradford's Shipley Glen Tramway is calling on people to help revive its fortunes following the effects of last year's foot and mouth crisis.

Mick Leak's call has been made as part of the national Your Countryside, You're Welcome week, launched yesterday in a bid to tempt people back into the countryside over Easter and the spring and summer.

Although the foot and mouth crisis did not close the Victorian-built tramway, which runs between Baildon and Shipley Glen, many potential visitors stayed at home.

Mr Leak, whose tramway is open noon to 4pm every weekend and on weekdays during the Easter holiday, said: "We were badly hit by the foot and mouth crisis. But we're now busy cleaning and painting our machines and really looking forward to getting properly back on track and welcoming our visitors back for the new season.''

Meanwhile, officials are reminding people that Ilkley Moor and its Cow and Calf Rocks, closed for much of last year, are open again.

Countryside ranger David Parsons said: "The closure of footpaths meant visitors and local people couldn't enjoy the area. But we're encouraging those who used to be regular visitors to the moor to return.''

David Andrews, chief executive of Yorkshire Tourist Board which is helping to co-ordinate the campaign, said: "Many attractions were closed this time last year but have now reopened. Our message is that there are many things to see and do this Easter that people couldn't last year."

Advice on what to do and where to go is available from a special website at www.yourcountry