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6 great walks near Ilkley

PUBLISHED: 00:00 02 February 2018 | UPDATED: 19:13 02 August 2018

In the shadow of Cow and Calf, Ilkley by Jules Waugh

In the shadow of Cow and Calf, Ilkley by Jules Waugh


Many people use Ilkley as a base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales, these six walks all commence within a ten mile radius of the spa town, making them perfect for a day trip.

Bluebells in Middleton Woods, IlkleyBluebells in Middleton Woods, Ilkley

Middleton Woods bluebells

This route is ideal for a spring walk, experience of of the finest displays of bluebells in the country at Middleton Woods.

Click here to see the directions for the Middleton Woods walk

Cow and Calf rocks by Raymond RickabyCow and Calf rocks by Raymond Rickaby

Cow and Calf

Visit one of the most iconic landmarks in Yorkshire while rediscovering some of the most visited moorlands in the county, enjoy views high above the spa town of Ilkley.

Click to see the driections for the Cow and Calf walk

Bridge over the Wharfe in Ilkley by Tracey MooreBridge over the Wharfe in Ilkley by Tracey Moore

Ilkley Riverside Walk

Within a stroll of the town centre is the Riverside Walk, a three mile circuit either side of the Wharfe that at Stockeld Way is crossed by a lovely stone bridge where there’s a Narnia lamp, and takes in the pleasant Riverside Gardens. The circuit shows how leafy Ilkley itself is, in contrast to the bare moor looming to the south.

Click here to see the directions for the Ilkley Riverside walk

Twelve Apostles stone circleTwelve Apostles stone circle

Twelve Apostles

Ilkley Moor offers many routes including the fascinating prehistory trail, roughly four miles taking in ancient cup marks and the Twelve Apostles Neolithic stone circle.

Click here to see the directions for the Twelve Apostles walk

A walk on Otley Chevin by Phillip LongleyA walk on Otley Chevin by Phillip Longley

Bramhope and Otley Chevin

Bramhope is just ten miles away from Ilkley, just north of Leeds. The route begins in Bramhope and initially follows field paths out into open country before a gentle meander through the trees of Otley Chevin Forest Park.

Click here to see the directions for the Bramhop and Otley Chevin walk

Lindley Wood by Phil MoonLindley Wood by Phil Moon

Lindley Wood Reservoir

The Washburn Valley is also just ten miles away from Ilkley and this walk takes in the lowest of the quartet of reservoirs, the Lindley Wood Reservoir - before climbing to a high ridge with glorious panoramic views.

Click here to see the directions for the Lindley Wood walk

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The Dales Way starts at Ilkley and ends 80 miles later at Bowness-on-Windermere and there’s a blue plaque trail around the town too.

All the routes were correct at the time of publication, over time access to certain parts of the walk may be subject to change.

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