Ilkley Moor Revisited | Saturday 24 August 2019

Walk Leader: Robert Cope
Participants: 13
Mileage: 20 miles
Ascent: 3,000 ft
Walk Register: Yes
Walk Report: Robert Cope


Thirteen of us set off from the Cow & Calf c.p. on the most glorious late August Bank Holiday Saturday.  What a contrast to the February weather (torrential rain and storm-force winds) when we originally attempted this walk!  Collectively we represented North Yorks, West Yorks and Nidderdale groups - together with a brand new LDWA member who was of course most welcome.

Our route was predominantly clockwise heading initially south-east on the Dales Way, leaving it just before Menston and looping around to come alongside Reva Reservoir.  From there we headed north along the perimeter of Hawksworth Moor and to our morning coffee stop close to Stocks Hill.

Coffee to lunch then comprised a long haul up and across Burley Moor, past the Twelve Apostles and Whetstone Gate (Wireless Station) and a rather boggy section before reaching West Buck Stones.  What a great spot to break for lunch and to take in the fantastic northerly views across Ilkley Moor.  

From West Buck Stones we headed north, dropping down to pick up the Dales High Way - westwards initially along Addingham High Moor then its steep northerly descent across Addingham Moorside until we reached Cocking Lane.  After a short anticlockwise loop we then made our way eastwards to Heber’s Ghyll for the most picturesque nine bridges wooded traverse and ascent - and finally back up onto Ilkley Moor.

The Millenium Way then took us back to the Cow & Calf - via a much needed cold drinks stop at the White Wells cafe.

Great weather, good company and a thoroughly enjoyable day’s outing.  And a much relieved novice leader who managed to find his way around without getting lost!

Photos by Robert Cope

Photos by Tom Wood