Well I made it! Somehow…
Set off from the house at around 10.30 this morning with Steve, and caught the train to Ilkley where out crazy adventure began. I’d set the camera to interval mode and attached it to my bag in the hopes of getting some decent shops for a timelapse of the walk.. sadly that didn’t work out 🙁
The start was horrific, really steep and totally took the wind out of me. Had to stop for a number of breaks as we made our way up and was starting to think that the whole thing was a pretty bad idea! Luckily it was alot easier after this, lots of nice rolling hills with the odd peak and trough.
We did deviate a little from the planned path, losing our way a little at the start and deciding to go off for an explore on the moor a little later on, updated map below, blue for planned route, red for actual!
View Ilkley Walk in a larger map
It took a little over 2 hours to cross the moor, and our path led us down to Dick Hudsons pub.
Time for a well earned Cider break! We stopped here for about half an hour to recharge.
The next bit of the walk went through Eldwick, and until we joined Saltaire Road this was all on some quite scary country lanes.
Couldn’t get off this road quick enough as there were some real idiots on the road today.
Joining Saltaire road, we carried on down, not put off by the ‘no through road’ sign which just refered to cars and not walkers.
Nice stream by the edge of Saltaire Road
Crossing a bridge we hit some big rock formations which signalled our arrival on the Baildon moor area.
Well on the way home now!
We walk the dog up here a fair bit so I was watching in the distance for the Old Glen House to pop into view
These pictures look pretty murky, but it was actually kind of hot so ice cream was a must! Funnily enough we actually knew this guy, our student house we lived in for 2 years was owned by his dad! Small world!
And onward to Shipley Glen, through Roberts Park and home. Not including the Cider stop it took around 3 and half hours, I’d reckoned around the 4 mark so it was great to come in under!
Really tired now and my legs are killing me, it wasn’t the longest distance or the most difficult of walks but i’m pretty chuffed I managed it! Let’s see if i’m still that chirpy tomorrow morning…