Ilkley Travel Guide

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    Ilkley Train Station
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    Ilkley Moor, Ilkley Quarry
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Ilkley Things to Do

  • Ilkley Moor

    Ilkley Moor is the highest part of Rambald's Moor and lies above the town of Ilkley. It's worth a visit for the spectacular views as well as being a great place for walking.

  • Cow and Calf Rocks

    The rocks are situated at Ilkley Quarry. They consist of an outcrop and boulder. Made of millstone grit they get their name because one is large and the smaller one sits next to it, like a cow and a calf.

  • Cow and Calf pub

    The Cow and Calf rocks on Ilkley Moor are quite a long uphill walk from the centre of Ilkley. One thing that kept me motivated along the walk was knowing that on reaching the area, I could stop for a drink in the Cow and Calf pub.This traditional country pub overlooks Ilkley Moor and the Cow & Calf rocks. The pub has an extensive food menu and a...

  • All Saints Parish Church

    This living church in the centre of Ilkley stands on the site of the ancient Roman fort of Olicana. It's been a site of Christian worship for more than 1000 years. The remains of three Saxon crosses that stood in the churchyard are now displayed in the tower. Parts of the church date back to Norman times, but the church was substantially rebuilt in...

  • Old Bridge

    Built in 1675 the Old Bridge is a three-arched stone bridge that crosses the River Wharfe in Ilkley.

  • Go up to Cow and Calf

    One of my favourite half or full day trips is to go up to the Cow and Calf just outside of Ilkley. It's part of Ilkley Moor so you can sing the famours Ilkley Moor Ba' T' At song there if you fancy!!Its great for walking, climbing and abseiling but you can just go up and enjoy the view, admire 100 year old graffiti and have the wind nearly blow you...


Ilkley Hotels

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  • Best Western Rombalds Hotel & Restaurant

    West View, Wells Road, Ilkley, LS29 9JG, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Dalesway Hotel

    1 Leeds Road, Ilkley, LS29 8DH, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • The Craiglands Hotel

    Cowpasture Road, Ilkley, LS29 8RQ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

Ilkley Restaurants

  • Very Poor

    The location is amazing but the positives end there. The menu looks amazing but when it arrived is was average to say the least and therefore disappointing. The staff were rude and lacked social skills. This in turn created an unpleasant atmosphere and made us feel uncomfortable. We were visitors to the area however we would not make a return visit...

  • Cow and Calf Gardens

    We probably had to wait about half an hour or so to get a table, but just below the restaurant area is a lovely garden to sit awhile, enjoy the sunshine and have a drink whilst waiting - note waiters will not serve drinks or food in the garden area.

  • Dinner Arrives...

    Traditional Sunday roasts available as well as a varied menu - including hot chicken caesar salad in a raspberry jous.I was feeling adventurous so i tried the nut roast - this had spinach, wild mushrooms and cheese in it as well as the nuts. It was quite tasty - could have done with some more roast potatoes though ;-)Cost was about £7- £9 per...


Ilkley Transportation

  • Pride of the Dales - Route 74

    Route 74 runs from Ilkley to Grassington and has timing stops at :Addingham (The Fleece)Bolton Abbey (Green)Barden (Tower)Appletreewick (New Inn)Burnsall (Bridge)Linton (High Bank)Threshfield (Wharfedale School)This route is one of a number of choices to access the Yorkshire Dales from Ilkley by public transport - keeping the area green and clear...

  • Ilkley by Train

    Ilkley is one of the gateway towns for a visit to the Yorkshire Dales.Ilkley train station sits at the end of a branch line running from Leeds. Services run half hourly on weekdays and Saturdays with hourly services on Sundays. Journey time is a little under 30 minutes.Return tickets to Leeds cost under £5.50 for off peak journeys.Within the train...

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Ilkley Local Customs

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    by sandysmith Written Jul 17, 2003

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    Ilkley is the town immortalised by Yorkshire's national anthem, the above words of which were composed - according to tradition - by a church choir from Halifax during a jocular picnic beneath the Cow and Calf Rocks.

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Ilkley Warnings and Dangers

  • To the Rescue..

    Fortunately the pub staff dashed across with the fire extinguishers and soon had the blaze under control....could have taken the fire brigade a while to make it up here near the moors.

  • Fire!

    As alsways when out in the country dispose of your litter properly and be careful with discarded cigarettes - fires happen all to easily with devasting effects on the land.Whilst we sat eating our Sunday lunch - this fire near to the cars too :-S

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Ilkley Off The Beaten Path

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    by razzz Written Mar 28, 2004

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    From the Ilkley train station you can catch "the Pride of the Yorkshire Dales" bus to Bolton Abbey. Once you get to Bolton Abbey you are surrounded by some of the best scenery in Yorkshire (maybe even England some would say). Many movies have been filmed in this country side and it is beautiful!! There are a lot of paths to walk on and you can follow the river for many hours for a great hike (there are even some waterfalls).
    In the summer there are stepping stones in front of the Abbey that allows you to cross over the river and have a great view. (I was there in the winter and the water level was too high!)
    This is a great place to spend a day.

    From across the river
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    • Family Travel
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Architecture

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Ilkley Sports & Outdoors

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    by sandysmith Updated Jul 16, 2003

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    In the quarry is a perfect place for rock climbers to try out their sport - notice that one climber has a hard hat on and one doesn't. Well I wouldn't want to fall off there 'baht 'tat' (without a hat) as the yorkshire song goes.

    Equipment: I would reccommend ropes and a HAT!

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Ilkley Favorites

  • Moor Walks

    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.

  • Cow and Calf

    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...

  • The Calf Rock

    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


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