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Ilkley Moor

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Ilkley Moor

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Ilkley Moor

It’s beautiful, it’s spooky and it’s got a great song to go with it. Ilkley Moor is a stretch of moorland between Ilkley and Keighley in West Yorkshire, and its theme tune – On Ilkla Moor Baht’at (On Ilkley Moor Without A Hat) – is widely recognised as Yorkshire’s anthem. The Moor is thought to derive its name from the Old English, meaning a ley or clearing belonging to someone called Yllica. It has glorious views across Wharfedale, rocks and crags and a tarn, along with mysterious prehistoric rock carvings like the Swastika Stone at Hebers Ghyll. Ilkley Moor even has its own alien story, dating back to December 1987 when a moorland walker snapped what he believed to be an alien creature. The photo, which shows a blurred humanoid figure, has become iconic in its own right.


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As an internationally known location which sums up the glorious Yorkshire Dales.

Chris Bartram

Being a Yorkshire man, Ilkley with its moor and many 'cow and calf' rocks bring back loads of memories from 40-50 years ago...

Many Yorkshire men & women haunt the moors near the Cow & Calf rocks, I know because my mothers ashes were scattered there. Most of my winter games lessons were cross country on the moors or sledging on the golf course. It's a special place.
L Murray

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