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...more
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...more
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...more
West View, Wells Road, Ilkley, LS29 9JG, United Kingdom
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
1 Leeds Road, Ilkley, LS29 8DH, United Kingdom
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
Cowpasture Road, Ilkley, LS29 8RQ, United Kingdom
Good for: Families
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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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.
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.
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!
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...more