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 – SEPTEMBER/NOVEMBER 2016
Members are encouraged to participate in these Events & bring along friends and family.
HERITAGE WALK: WOODLAND WAY. This moderate 2-hour walk winds in and out of the woods that form the lowest slopes of Ilkley Moor. Some uphill walking involved.
Saturday, 3rd September, 2pm - 4pm. Leader : Owen Wells, Friends of Ilkley Moor. Meeting Point and Parking:- Darwin Gardens car park. Booking Not needed. Dogs Welcome on leads
MOORLAND BATS. A guided walk to discover the night creatures of the moor, in particular bats. Bat detectors will be used to identify the presence of any bats. An easy walk of 2-miles on the low moor around the tarns and within the pine woodland.
Saturday, 10th September, 7pm - 8.30pm. Leader Andrew Milne. Meeting Point and Parking:- Darwin Gardens car park. Equipment Please bring a torch if you have one. Booking Not needed. Dogs Welcome on leads
TREES, SEEDS & WOODLAND. A conservation activity to protect the naturally regenerating young trees within the moors stands of pine woodland. Help collect seeds and plant trees and learn tree identification. Suitable for families but a moderate graded walk with uphill climbing involved.
Tuesday, 20th September, 10am - 1pm Leader : Tracy Gray, Friends of Ilkley Moor Project Officer. Meeting Point and Parking:- Darwin Gardens car park. Booking Essential. Dogs Welcome on leads.
CUP & RING GPS TRAIL. This walk, navigated by the use of GPS references, will take you on a discovery of 8 Cup and Ring Stones over a wide area of Ilkley Moor. There are over 400 known Cup & Ring Stones on Rombalds Moor which includes Ilkley Moor. The stones were carved during the Neolithic-Bronze Age period around 4,000 years ago. These designs of cups, rings and lines are intriguing and enigmatic. The reason they were carved is unknown, but they are fascinating. The walk takes about 2 hours, starting and ending at White Wells car park on Ilkley Moor. It is a strenuous walk of 5 miles, with uphill climbing.
Saturday, 19th November, 2pm - 4pm. Leader Barry Wilkinson, Friends of Ilkley Moor. Meeting Point and Parking:- White Wells car park. Equipment. Please bring a GPS if you have one. 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.