On Saturday 4th June the Friends of Ilkley Moor led one of their heritage walks on Ilkley Moor, ‘Across Crawshaw Moss and Neolithic Sites’.
This was a 4-mile walk starting on the lower slopes and gradually climbing to Crawshaw Moss passing a well marked Cup & Ring Stone rock on the way.
A strenuous walk of 3 hours, with uphill climbing, the walk uses rough moorland tracks and crosses boggy terrain. The group spent time taking in the whole landscape views from various resting points along the way; as well as discovering the archaeology of the moor and the heathland and peat land habitats. People learned about the plants and wildlife which could be seen on the day and how Ilkley Moor is managed.
Everyone had a great time and said they looked forward to attending more events from this year’s events and learning programme so they can discover more of Ilkley Moors amazing heritage.
The events programme and heritage walks can be downloaded from the FOIM website www.ilkleymoor.org or collected from Ilkley Information Centre and shops in the Town.
From Tracy Gray FOIM Project Officer.
For further information contact Tracy Gray FOIM Project Officer on 07780535860
Events Programme – JULY 2016
Members are encouraged to participate in these Events & bring along friends and family.
Archaeology Trail A 3-mile walk starting from the Cow and Calf Rocks and calling at the Backstone Beck Enclosure. This is one of the best walks for seeing several Cup and Ring Stones. This is a strenuous walk, with uphill walking.
Saturday, 2nd July, 2pm - 4pm Leader Colin Beecham, Friends Of Ilkley Moor. Meeting Point and Parking:- Cow and Calf Rocks Quarry car park. Booking Not needed. Dogs Welcome on leads
Heritage Walk: Twelve Apostles and Beyond. This walk takes about two and a half hours, starting at White Wells car park. Climbing to the highest point on the Moor, the walk includes areas of archaeological and geological interest. This is graded a strenuous walk.
Saturday, 9th July, 2pm - 4.30pm. Leader Barry Wilkinson and Tracy Gray, Friends of Ilkley Moor. Meeting Point and Parking:- White Wells car park. Booking Not needed. Dogs Welcome on leads.
Heritage Walk: White Wells Moorland. This walk takes you from the edge of the town on to the high moor, with wide views across Ilkley and the Wharfe Valley. The walk takes about two hours and is on reasonable paths, although there will be muddy areas in wet weather. The first part is all uphill but with a good break halfway at White Wells. This walk is classed as moderate to strenuous.
Sunday, 10th July, 2pm - 4pm. Leader Barry Wilkinson and Tracy Gray, Friends of Ilkley Moor. Meeting Point and Parking:- Darwin Gardens car park. Booking Not needed. Dogs Welcome on leads.
Heathland Conservation. Make a real difference by helping to control bracken on the lower slopes of Ilkley Moor. Controlling bracken will keep the access routes clear and open; and provide a beautiful display of the heathland flora in summer. Bracken is a highly successful and vigorous plant that can overtake areas of the moor. Learn why bracken control is carried out, which wildlife benefits from this and which areas this is undertaken in. Also, discover which species use bracken for food and shelter.
Tuesday, 12th July and Tuesday, 19th July.. Both events start at 10am and finish at 12pm Leader Tracy Gray, Friends of Ilkley Moor. Meeting Pointand Parking:- Darwin Gardens car park Booking Essential Dogs Welcome on leads.
Video Introduction to the Friends of Ilkley Moor
The Management of Ilkley Moor
The management of Ilkley Moor works to a plan and is not arbitrary. Management prescriptions are determined by the Joint Nature Conservation Council and enforced by Natural England (the government’s advisors on nature conservation in England). NE sends all SSSI owners and occupiers a statement of what the ideal management should be.
Ilkley Moor Volunteer Days - help us to maintain a unique environment...
Come along and help us maintain the unique ecological interest of the heathland. Our next volunteer day is Tuesday January 19, 2016.