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An interesting, child-friendly walk on Ilkley Moor

From Cow and Calf car park to Rocky Valley, White Wells and Ilkley Tarn
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4.5 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  This is an easy walk of only 4.5 miles but the interesting route means that you can make it much longer, especially if you have young ... more »

Tips:  Unless it has been very dry for some time there will probably be some muddy puddles at least, so bring boots or wellies. The route is... more »

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Points of Interest

1. White Wells

In Victorian times Ilkley was a well=known spa, visited by many to take the waters that had supposedly healed a wound of a local shepherd. Even Charles Darwin took the waters at Ilkley. The plunge pool at White Wells is fed from the same spring that healed the shepherd. Few people brave the 4 degree water these days, except for New Years Day... More

An artificial lake, Ilkley Tarn is neverthe less interesting and children love to feed the ducks.

3. Bridge over the stream

A lovely, rocky stream for kids toplay in. also, about 30m upstream isone of the Stanza Stones - see details on the Ilkley Literature Festival at http://www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk/test/stanza-stones-trail-guide/

4. Cow & Calf rocks.

The Calf rock was dislodged from the bigger Cow eons ago and now forms a memorable landmark. The calf can be climbed easily - even by children from about 8 years old (with supervision). There are some easy scrambles in the quarry too, along with some much harder climbs for well-equipped rock climbers.