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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)
Minimum time
ft (m)
Level of difficulty
Public footpaths
gates /  stile

OS Explorer OL
Keep on leads
Pay & Display Car Park
Public Transport

        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
                                              Hangingstone Road

Public Transport               
Toilets/Refreshments      Public toilets In
                                               pay-and-display car park

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Route Directions
  • 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.

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