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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.For Ilkley Moor and beyond, use our Ilkley tourist route planner to get the most from your Ilkley vacation.
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Never been to Ilkley before. Stayed at a hotel on Cow Pasture Road. Had to stop & walk on the Moors before heading home. Yes it was cold, v windy, bracing but had to be done. Stopped for hot drinks at... more »
When trying to visited Cow and Calf rocks, but bad weather and muddy. Also need right footwear. I go there again when good weather. more »
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COULDNT BELIEVE IT, my son suffered a bad epileptic fit at the weekend who hadn't had one in 5 or 6 years its a frightening thing to see.On Monday the 13th tried to get an appointment told them how serious this is his mum had to get a ambulance out and the best they could do was get him to see the doctor on the 31st OF MARCH ,over two weeks away. Finally on Tuesday went on a emergency list and got just a phone call instead .I am just lucky I go to Addingham Medical - great service there. NOT GOOD… William Lang
Having posted this the practice rang me on time this morning. Problem fixed. V impressed .... I arranged a telephone consultation for 3:30pm this afternoon. It never happened. I called at 6pm to find out why and was told the GP had called me at "approximately 3:30pm at 12 noon. I did not attended the appointment according to their records. I was indisposed at 12 noon which is why I have arranged the appointment was at 3:30. What is more, after this mishap I have to ring again tomorrow morning at exactly 8am to get another slot. At least this time I shall be prepared for at call plus or minus 3 hours thirty minutes either way .... any time in a seven hour window - seriously not impressed guys.
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