Ilkley is a moorland town which lies on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park among some of the most spectacular and unspoilt scenery in the country.
The Cow and Calf are distinctive South Pennine Moor rocks, made from 300 million year old sandstone. Over time the softer shale surronding them eroded leaving the harder sandstone. The Almscliffe Craggs directly behind, across the valley were created in the same way.
The Calf Rock used to have a "daddy" - this was another rock which split from the main cragg and rolled down the hill. This was the "Bull" rock but was broken up and used for building many years ago.
Favorite thing: I would walk on the moor. There is so much to see and the scenery changes with each bend of the trail. The views are beautiful.
Favorite thing: An easy path leads to the calf rock and there are wonderful views over Ilkley town right down in the the valley and the lower wharfedale
Fondest memory: Closer up the calf rock is quite impressive too and the ripple marks can also be seen here. People were enjoying clambering on here too - quite difficult as its worn smooth in many areas.
Favorite thing: You don't realise how big that cow rock is till you get closer to it. Look at the people at its base to get a scale of the size.
The rocks are stepped in the quarry and you can climb the rocks up to the hill behind...but someting else had caught my attention.
Wanr to know? - well check out the sports tip.
Favorite thing: The sandstones were originally part of a river bed. There is a quarry behind the Cow Rock where you can see the ripple marks of the waves.