Beamsley Moor from Ilkley

  • Discover lands to the north of Ilkley
  • Visit Beamsley Beacon
  • Grouse shooting country

I had never explored Beamsley Moor from Ilkley until recently. Previously I preferred the popular walks over Ilkley Moor, but it was an area that I was keen to explore. I was particularly interested in a better and more satisfying approach to Beamsley Beacon and Round Hill and as this crossed ‘virgin’ territory I was looking forward to it.

The far reaching views I was expecting were limited by the murky day. The fine ridge from Round Hill to Beamsley Beacon was in to the teeth of a strong wind (my fault for travelling this way round) but despite this I thoroughly enjoyed the 3 hour walk. This is typical Pennine walking over peat moors and a sandstone base, grouse butts and a man looking threatening with a rifle the sign that this was popular area with ‘the shooters’.

Round Hill on Beamsley Moor is really nothing but the twin summits of the Old Pike and Beamsley Beacon well worth the wait. A plaque next to the large cairn on the Beacon explains its history as an Iron Age fort and a signal point during Napoleonic times. The walk back takes you through some remote Pennine farmland, interesting and quiet.

Recommend: Despite the wind I encountered I do suggest the route should be done anti clockwise, the views along the ridge are at their best and the walk back (albeit on tarmac) is surprisingly interesting.

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Beamsley Moor from Ilkley map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. 297 Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley
Start Point: SE 111486. Park roadside on the north side of the River Wharfe at Ilkley and walk quite steeply up Harding Lane past Middleton Lodge to where the road bends sharply left. Carry on north over the stile.
Height to Climb: 415m (1,360 feet)
Terrain: Moorland walking with some wet parts typical of such terrain. The road walking is quiet. The steepest section is the initial climb on the road.
Eating & Drinking: Walk in to Ilkley over the bridge brings a large choice of places to eat and drink.
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