- Route Ilkley Moor based on Walking Englishman’s route (Mostly – we came back across the top to the crags, avoiding Rocky Valley. Still not sure which path his route follows.)
- Distance No GPS on this trip, but roughly 9m fround trip from Ilkley station.
- Duration No GPS on this trip, but roughly 5 hrs
- Getting there Train from Leeds
- Weather Hot!
Why this route?
- First walk! So quick and cheap to get to.
- Follows well-marked routes, is frequently used, doesn’t go too high, and is never far from civilisation.
- Famously beautiful.
What did we learn?
- TOH’s knees don’t like going up hill.
- His body doesn’t like being hot.
- Suntan lotion and sunhats are a good call.
- Cotton tops make us sweaty (This walk was undertaken before doing any reading on walking. The insight is probably best described as no shit sherlock.)
- Ilkley Moor is beautiful!
- This is a walk with great variety: you scramble up Ilkley Crags, traverse becks, stroll along well-trodden peaty paths, and then step carefully over former stream beds.
- White Wells – fascinating slice of history.
- Ilkley Crags, not that TOH’s knees enjoyed them. Fun to go up, not too long, and stunning views at the top.
- Crossing Coldstone and Backstone Becks.
- Views over Wharfedale on the Dales Way
- Carved grafitti on the Cow.