- Range Walking Club
- Sunday 26th April 1998- Ilkley area of
The April walks take us to an area not previously visited by
the club. On Sunday, 26 April, we have walks planned for the
llkley area of Yorkshire. Plenty of splendid views and pleasant
walks abound. As usual, the coaches will leave school at 0800 hrs
prompt returning to Formby by 2000 hrs approximately. There will
be no toilet stop until llkley where all walks start and finish.
The cost of travel is £6.00 for adults and £3.00 for children
and students in full-time education and who were formerly Range
High School pupils. (A note on future fares is included later in
this letter). Please return slips with cheque (not cash) to the
school office by Thursday, 2 April, in an envelope marked
"Range Walking Club". Walking boots are essential for
all walkers (and hats recommended to avoid the local cannibal
- 'A' Walk
- This month's walk from Ilkley climbs north via Middleton
taking in Beamsley Beacon (393 m) as the high point with
views (blizzards permitting) of the River Wharfe wending
its way past Bolton Abbey. Our return follows the Wharfe
along the Dales Way.
- Distance: 13 miles
- Ascent: 1500'
- Leaders: John Roberts and Margaret Pegg
- 'B'+ Walk
- We set off along the riverbank before passing through a
variety of stiles to the edge of the Moor. A short climb
over the moorland edge takes us to a Christmas tree and
pine plantation and then back onto open moorland which
gradually descends to green lanes leading to the
attractive village of Botany. A short, steep climb along
a road takes us back onto a moorland track, with
extensive panoramic views, eventually joining the Dales
Way. This leads to a steep descent to White Wells (baths
available - cold water only) continuing down to the town
- Distance: 11 miles
- Ascent: 1600'
- Leaders: Dave Wake and Steve Butler
- 'B' Walk
- We leave the southern side of llkley heading east and
climbing to cross the Buckstone Beck and then visit the
Cow and Calf rocks. Heading for York View we should have
fine views across Wharfedale, then south across
Hawksworth Moor to cross the Bingley Road and via lanes
and fields to Mount Hill, along the Otley Road to pick up
the Dales Way Link. We then follow this due north across
Bingley Moor, with a steep descent to Rombalds Moor and
then Ilkley Moor itself to drop down to White Wells and
then on into the town and a fine choice of tea shops.
- Distance: 9 miles
- Ascent: 1300'
- Leaders: Barry Bord and David Poole
- 'C' Walk
- We start at the bridge over the Wharfe just below Ilkley
and make our way along the river bank before turning
north towards Middleton Woods. Here we begin a gentle
ascent through the woods before taking series of lanes
and paths to the picturesque Fairy Dell. From here we
walk along the edge of open moor before a slow descent to
the Wharfe valley via the village of Denton. We return to Ilkley by following the river back to our starting point.
- Distance: 7½ miles
- Ascent: 600'
- Leaders: John Mackay and David Turton