Ilkley, West Yorkshire


July's Coach Ramble was to Ilkley, where we arrived at 11.30.  Peter Wilson led the group of 22 on the longer walk up onto Ilkley Moor and along the Millennium Way by Hebers Ghyll and past the Swastika Stone to enjoy awesome views of Ilkley and Upper Wharfedale.  The recce had been strenuous and a bit long and so Saturday's walk was a little shorter.  The party dropped down from the moor towards Addingham and back along the Dales Way into Ilkley.
Frank Atherton led the shorter ramble with a party of 23.  They followed the Dales Way and through Low Mill Village to enjoy lunch near a hump backed bridge and Addingham parish church.  We found the suspension bridge over the River Wharfe to head for Nesfield.  As the weather warmed up to 23 degrees we agreed to follow the road back to Ilkley, rather than follow field paths.  The road proved to be very popular with groups of cyclists.  We passed Ilkley golf club and crossed the old stone bridge into the park where many people were enjoying a fine Summer's day.
We sought ice creams and liquid refreshment before leaving for Wigan at 5 o'clock.