Ilkley Moor is a site of special scientific interest and is home to heather moorland, which is one of the world’s rarest habitats with more than 75% of the world’s entire heather moorland being found in Britain.
The moor itself is a part of the South Pennines Special Protection Area and is well-known for being home to a whole host of birds such as red grouse, short-eared owls, golden plover, lapwing, curlew, whinchat and cuckoos.
Marion is the writer behind The Love Travelling Blog and she highly recommends you go for a walk on Ilkley Moor and visit the town of Ilkley as well.
“A visit to the spa town of Ilkley and a walk on its famous moor which looms high above the town. Start with a walk up to White Wells, a stonewashed cottage perched on the moor top containing a bath from Roman times. If you’re feeling brave you can ‘take the waters’ in the plunge pool before enjoying a coffee on its terrace overlooking the beautiful Wharfe Valley.
“Suitably refreshed and rested, follow the footpath through the Rocky Valley and along to the Cow and Calf Rocks, a craggy outcrop said to resemble a cow and its calf. From there, head back down to town along the delightfully named Cowpasture Road and take a stroll along The Grove, Ilkley’s elegant tree-lined main shopping thoroughfare. Here you will find high-class shops housed in handsome Victorian buildings, many of them independent retailers such as the wonderful Grove Bookshop. Round off your visit to the town with afternoon tea in Betty’s Cafe & Tea Rooms, quintessentially English and the perfect treat.”
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