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Ilkley Moor, Ilkley

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4.9/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web
Ilkley Moor is part of Rombalds Moor, the moorland between Ilkley and Keighley (pronounced Keethly) in West Yorkshire, England. The moor, which rises to 402 m (1,319 ft) above sea level, is well known as the inspiration for the Yorkshire "county anthem" On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at (dialect for 'on Ilkley Moor without a hat').GeologyDuring the Carboniferous period (325 million years ago), Ilkley Moor was part of a sea level swampy area fed by meandering river channels coming from the north. The layers in the eroded bank faces of stream gullies in the area represent sea levels with various tides depositing different sorts of sediment. Over a long period of time the sediments were cemented and compacted into hard rock layers. Geological forces lifted and tilted the strata a little towards the south-east, producing many small fractures, or faults. Since the end of the Carboniferous time there has been erosion and more than a thousand metres of the coal-bearing rocks have been completely removed from the area. During the last million years, Ice Age glaciers modified the shape of the Wharfe valley, deepening it, smoothing it and leaving behind glacial debris. The millstone grit not only gives character to the town of Ilkley but gives the area its acid soils, heather moors, soft water and rocky scars.HistoryTo the north, where the moor drops steeply towards the village of Ben Rhydding, a satellite of the town of Ilkley, are two millstone grit rock climbing areas: Rocky Valley and Ilkley Quarry.
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  • Went to the cow and calf with our seven year old. We all loved it there are big rocks to climb but east trails for the less adventurous. Great views of the countryside 
  • Yesssss lovely piece of moor here, utterly stunning views spread over the whole countryside. A place to go and walk and be at one with nature. 
  • A super place to visit. Busy around the cow and calf but walk away onto the moors and not many people around. Lots of tracks to follow. We found the stanza stone poetry seating area. There is also the...  read more »
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