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Ilkley Moor Baht’at

August 25, 2019

The moors above Ilkley are very popular. Myths and folklore tend to bring people here, as do the famous rocks of the Cow and Calf. This walk covers the Cow and Calf, Twelve Apostles, summit area and the lovely views.

The Walk

Although the walking is good up on the moor and on a bracing winter’s day even better than good, I find the main attraction the multitude of legends that create the moor’s character. ‘Ilkley Moor Baht’at‘ is a folk song which describes a young lady telling her fella that he really should wear a hat whilst walking on the moor or he will perish and end up being eaten by worms whilst the famous rocks of the Cow and Calf were allegedly formed when the giant Romald stamped on them whilst fleeing from his enemy.

All good stuff but what is without question is the superb grit stone boulders which sprinkle the entire moor, offering some great scrambling at the Cow and Calf and many which have carvings dating back to the bronze age. I prefer tackling Ilkley Moor by starting at the Cow and Calf (which like the Lion & the Lamb at Grasmere) is difficult to reconcile; name and rocks. From here take to the summit ridge before dropping down part way to Ilkley before heading across the slopes and enjoying the excellent views of this part of Wharfedale..


There is something mythical about walking here and it is heightened in the winter months. A misty. cold day above Ilkley is very appealing.

Navigation Tips on Ilkley Moor

Ordnance Survey maps show paths on the ground by thin black dashes. The green dashes are public rights of way but are not the only useful paths. This walk follows mainly black dashed paths.

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