Following significant fire damage to Ilkley Moor in May, Wharfedale Brewery, based at the back of the Flying Duck Brewpub in the town, has come to the aid of a local conservation group by producing a special beer aimed at raising funds to help protect, enhance and restore the popular tourist spot.
The most recent blaze started on the slopes of the moor, not far from the visitor attraction White Wells and the new brew, described as red and zesty with a grapefruit tingle, weighing in at 4.5% ABV is to be named after the well known spa bath building.
“White Wells” is set to hit the bar of the Flying Duck and other local hostelries this weekend with the brewery donating fifteen pence for every pint sold to the Friends of Ilkley Moor (FoIM).
Robin Oldfield, one of the directors at Wharfedale Brewery said; “the natural landscape in Wharfedale is an inspiration to us at the brewery and we are very proud of our Ilkley heritage. We are delighted to produce a beer aimed at supporting this extremely worthwhile organisation and hope we can join the public in raising some much needed funds for them.”
Owen Wells, Chair of FOIM commented, “ We are absolutely thrilled to have an iconic beer named after one of our most iconic landmarks. We are extremely grateful to Wharfedale Brewery for their generosity and we hope our members will be asking for a pint of White Wells whenever they see it in a local pub.”
The Friends of Ilkley Moor (FoIM), founded in 2008, is an independent not for profit voluntary organisation which was set up to preserve and improve understanding and awareness of Ilkley Moor for the benefit of the environment, all those who use Ilkley Moor and those who reside in the surrounding area.
Above photo is of Owen Wells (left) chair of The Friends of Ilkley Moor enjoying a pint with Robin Oldfield of Wharfedale Brewery to launch the brewery’s new beer “White Wells”. Photo by Barry Wilkinson.
Events Programme – AUGUST 2016
Members are encouraged to participate in these Events & bring along friends and family.
Wild Plant Food Forage. Discover the wild edible and medicinal foods found on the moor. A moderate walk of 3-miles. Saturday, 6th August, 2pm - 4pm. Leader Tracy Gray, Friends of Ilkley Moor Project Officer. Meeting Point and Parking - White Wells car park. Booking Not needed. Dogs Welcome on leads.
Social History Guided Walk - Nineteenth Century Ilkley Spa. A guided walk celebrating fresh air, pure water and romantic scenery. This walk is classed as moderate.
Sunday, 7th August, 2pm - 4pm. Leader Alex Cockshott, Ilkley Civic Trust. Meeting Point and Parking - Darwin Gardens. Booking Not needed. Dogs Welcome on leads.
Water: Tracks and Trails. A summer holiday activity for children and young people to discover the water tarns, springs and streams of the moor and the animals, insects and plants which live there. Animal tracking and dipping will form part of this activity walk. Frogs, toads, maybe water voles and water scorpions… could be found. An easy walk of 2 miles.
Tuesday, 9th August, 2pm - 4pm. Leader Tracy Gray, Friends of Ilkley Moor Project Officer. Meeting Point and Parking - White Wells car park. Booking Not needed. Equipment: Provided. Dogs Welcome on leads
Flower Walk. Discover the flowers, grasses and trees of the moor in the full glory of summer. An easy to moderate walk of 3 miles, on good paths.
Saturday, 13th August, 2pm - 4pm. Leader Tracy Gray, Friends of Ilkley Moor Project Officer. Meeting Point and Parking - Darwin Gardens car park. Booking Not needed. Dogs Welcome.
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 igorous 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, 16th August. Event starts at 10am and finishes at 12pm. Leader Tracy Gray, Friends of Ilkley Moor. Meeting Point and Parking - Darwin Gardens car park. Booking Essential. Dogs Welcome on leads
Ilkley Explorers. A summer holiday activity for children and young people. This is a 2 mile walk, on easy terrain to discover Ilkley Moor with practical tasks of building a shelter from natural materials found on the moor, learning how to use a compass, discovering natural spring water and measuring the direction and speed of the wind.
Tuesday, 16th August, 2pm - 4pm. Leader Tracy Gray, Friends of Ilkley Moor Project Officer. Meeting Point and Parking - Darwin Gardens car park. Booking Not needed. Dogs Welcome.
Land:Tracks and Trails. A family walk to discover the different habitats of the moor and the animals, insects and plants which live there. Animal tracking will form part of this activity walk. A moderate walk, of 2 miles with some uphill walking involved, on reasonable paths.
Wednesday, 17th August, 10am - 12pm. Leader Tracy Gray, Friends of Ilkley Moor Project Officer. Meeting Point and Parking - Darwin Gardens car park. Booking Not needed. 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.