Days Out in Yorkshire: Ilkley Moor

Days out in Yorkshire, Illkley Moor

About a month ago, after I had handed in my dissertation and I was finally free from the ties of university deadlines,  a few friends and I decided to explore some of Yorkshire. I may have lived in Leeds for three years but the majority of that was spend in the uni bubble,which consisted of nothing more than the shops, the clubs and the library. We decided it was time to go a little further afield and see what our uni city had to offer.  

We took the train from Leeds and found ourselves in the quiet little town of Ilkley, ready for a walk on Illkley Moor. We had high hopes for a gorgeous, sunny day but with apparent wind speeds of up to 22mph, we soon realised this was not likely to happen! Nevertheless, the grey sky didn’t deter us and as we pulled into the quaint little town, I couldn’t believe how nice it was. There are so many cute looking shops and cafes that I really want to have a look round – but I’ve saved that for another day.

We found our way to the start of the walk and began the ascent up and along Illkley Moor. There were some fabulous views to which the photos really don’t do justice.

Days out in Yorkshire, Illkley Moor

Just as the weather forecast had predicted, the winds were strong and I was slightly alarmed by the angle of these trees… I was a little worried that I should have brought a protective helmet just incase one came toppling down!

Days out in Yorkshire, Illkley Moor

There were a few other parties of people around but mostly it was just the three of us. It was so invigorating and I felt so free. I’m a country bumpkin at heart but studying in the city of Leeds means that I don’t get to see the countryside that much and I always forget how much I love it!

Days out in Yorkshire, Illkley Moor

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Days out in Yorkshire, Illkley Moor

As soon as I spotted Keisha’s reflective sunnies, (which also matched the scenery much to my appreciation.) I couldn’t resist snapping a few pics in their reflections…

Days out in Yorkshire, Illkley Moor

Days out in Yorkshire, Illkley Moor

Days out in Yorkshire, Illkley Moor

Next stop was lunch… at The Cow and Calf. So many people had recommended that we visit here so I was very excited to try out their Sunday Lunch menu and oh my goodness was I impressed. It was just what we needed after a morning of walking.

Days out in Yorkshire, Illkley Moor, The Cow and Calf

Days out in Yorkshire, Illkley Moor, The Cow and Calf, menu

I went for the herb crusted pork, which came with all the trimmings, and it was so delicious! Finished off with a gooey chocolate brownie I was in such a happy place.

Days out in Yorkshire, Illkley Moor, The Cow and Calf, Sunday Roast

Days out in Yorkshire, Illkley Moor, The Cow and Calf, chocolate brownie

Days out in Yorkshire, Illkley Moor, The Cow and Calf, flowers

If you’re looking for some days out in Yorkshire, I cannot recommend this enough. It was a great way to spend our sunday, enjoying the fresh air, some amazing food and the best company. I only regret not going to visit Ilkley Moor earlier!

Love Sass xxx

15 Comments

  1. 23rd June 2015 / 7:25 am

    Haha I chuckled at “I was slightly alarmed by the angle of the trees!” LOL! Aw it’s a shame it was such a windy day but still seems like you had a fun little adventure! Ilkleys lovely I need to head up there myself sometime soon, seems like the perfect picnic place!

    Ahh we need to organise a little day out somewhere soon maybe to the seaside! Would be so cute! When you’re back from your travels we can organise it 🙂

    Gabby xo

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    • 23rd June 2015 / 10:02 am

      Haha, it was very alarming!! Yeah it would be so nice for a picnic!! Lets definitely organise that soon 🙂 A summer day out would be so nice! 😀

      Sarah xxx

  2. 23rd June 2015 / 9:07 am

    Ilkley is such a lovely spot – it’s always the best way of blowing out the cobwebs when you’ve been locked away inside for a while too! Lovely pics 🙂

    • 23rd June 2015 / 10:01 am

      Yes you’re so right! Thank you 🙂 x

  3. 24th June 2015 / 12:32 pm

    What a lovely idea to take a mini adventure away from city life! This sounds such a relaxing time and that pub grub looks heavenly! 🙂

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    x

  4. Gabrielle
    26th June 2015 / 2:10 pm

    What great photos – it looks like such a fun, ‘outdoorsy’ kind of day! The photos taken in your reflective shades are so cool 🙂

    Also, that meal looks insanely good – the chocolate brownie, wow!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

    x

  5. 1st July 2015 / 7:33 pm

    Aw Sarah this looks so lovely! I’ve been to Ilkley twice before but never been to the moor and now I think I need to go back! Looks like an awesome day out 🙂

    Dei xx

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