Standing stones and a brief look at some of the intriguing historic features which make up Ilkley Moor. Get ready to sing... "On Ilkley Moor ba tat..."
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| miles (1km)|
| ft (m) |
Level of difficulty
gates / stile
OS Explorer OL
|Keep on leads|
|Pay & Display Car Park |
Distance/time 2 ½ miles (7.2km)
Minimum time 2 ½ hours
Ascent/gradient 425ft (130m)
Grade/Paths Medium - Good moreland paths,
some steep. 4 stiles
OS Map Explorer OL297 (Grid SE 132467)
Dogs? Under control where sheep graze
Parking Off-road parking on
Toilets/Refreshments Public toilets In
pay-and-display car park
Walk up the road beyond the Cow and Calf Hotel, and where the road heads left, bear right up a grassy path. Scramble up the ridge to the Pancake Stone - behind are great views of Wharfedale.
Bear right on a path along the edge of the ridge, cross a stony track and pass the Haystack Rock.
Head left, and the track runs uphill parallel to Backstone Beck on to open heather moorland.
At the top is the Bradford-Ilkley Dales Way link path. Here, head left along the section of duckboarding.
Continue past a boundary stone at the top of the next rise, and onto the ring of stones known as the Twelve Apostles.
Turning back from the Twelve Apostles, and continue along the Dales Way link path.
Cross over Backstone Beck, and the open moorland is behind and the top of the ridge in front offers further excellent views across Ilkley and Wharfedale.
Take the path steeply downhill and beneath a clump of trees is White Wells.
Here, turn right, passing to the left of ponds, on a path, downhill.
Head towards the pyramid-shaped rock and walk either way around the tarn.
At the far end, take the path uphill, but it soon heads down to cross Backstone Beck again on a little footbridge.
Head uphill for one last time to reach the Cow and Calf rocks.
From here, it's a paved path back to the car park.