Bradford Council Countryside Service Team have restored and resurfaced 370 metres of pathway through Heber’s Ghyll Wood. Workers from the Countryside Service Team, assisted by volunteers, also carried our improvements to the drainage, and erected new wood benches on the path. The cost of materials and hire of plant was paid for by The Friends of Ilkley Moor.
In 1893, the Ilkley Local Board bought Ilkley Moor from Marmaduke Francis Middleton for the then enormous sum of £13,500. The reason for the purchase was that there was seen to be a conflict between the shooting interests (represented by Middleton) and the rights of the public to enjoy the Moor. That decision resonates today.
These notes cover the whole of Rombalds Moor, not just the area that is the concern of the Friends of Ilkley Moor, as any dog walker starting a walk on Ilkley Moor, may easily end up on one of the adjacent moors.
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Shooting on the Moor: 21/5/2012
The Friends of Ilkley Moor have strengthened their opposition to the lease for shooting on Ilkley Moor by writing to the Leaders of all the Groups on Bradford Council (Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Green, Respect, Independents and Queensbury Ward Independents) asking for the lease to be terminated in May 2013. This is the earliest date at which the Council can terminate the lease without any cost to itself. FoIM has offered to meet with any or all of the Leaders to discuss the matter.