Ilkley Moor | Saturday 9 Feb 2019

Walk Leader: Robert Cope
Participants: 7
Mileage: 16 miles
Ascent: 1975 ft
Walk Report: Wendy Leete


On a very blustery winter day - that didn't stop us - our leader had a notion that it might be a better idea to change direction....no, not the wind....us.  And we did and it was....a better idea that is.  Dropping down and winding our way through Ben Rhydding we picked up the Dales Way and walked alongside the River Wharfe leaving most of the wind behind us.  Soon forgotten - folks too busy catching up.  Passing our way through some lovely little hamlets we continued via Addingham to reach Farfield/Lobwood House, one of the oldest Quaker meeting houses built in 1689, which provided a dry and wind free spot for a break.  After a bite to eat and a drink we retraced our step back to Addingham.  By this time the wind had definitely dropped and the sun was starting to come through.  After crossing the very busy A65 we continued on the Dales High Way (not to be confused with the Dales Way) for a short way before turning South towards Ilkley and lunching in the small Brackenwood before climbing the many steps of Heber's Ghyll.  A place of cascading water in fairy tale surroundings coloured with various greens of moss, bracken, trees and other such foliage. At the top we were greeted by the colours of a rainbow and after a breather we picked up our original route of the day to make our way back to whence we came.  Many thanks to our leader and an assistant whose local knowledge helped make the day just another great day to be out.

Photos by Wendy Leete