64, Ilkley to Skipton

A magical trip traversing the Moor to connect two marvellous market towns


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No. of Attractions:

4 places to visit

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Journey Duration:

29 minutes

Route Frequency:

6 services daily, Mon-Fri and 5 on Saturdays.

Starting point:

Ilkley Bus Station (Stand A)

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Journey fact:

Ilkley has an association with a mysterious set of ancient carvings known as the "Ilkley Moor Baht 'at" (Ilkley Moor without a hat). These carvings, believed to date back to the Bronze Age, consist of a series of cup and ring marks engraved onto rocks scattered across Ilkley Moor. While some theories suggest these carvings may have served as maps, astronomical calendars, or religious symbols, their exact significance remains a subject of debate among archaeologists and historians.
Adding to their mystique is the local legend surrounding the carvings, which suggests they were created by a giant named Rombald, who inhabited the moors and left his mark on the landscape.

Journey Overview

This delightful journey begins with the bus making its way out of Ilkley, past the Ilkley Manor House on the right, with its tree-lined surroundings and the enchanted Riverside Gardens behind which backs onto the River Wharfe.

The bus traverses green pastures close to the River as the countryside landscape of fields, bracken and heather envelops the views from the bus, the further Ilkley is left behind as the bus heads northwards. Through the pretty village of Addingham, the journey unfolds further into beautiful, rural, moorland serenity and the expansive Chelker Reservoir on the right, surrounded by farmland with sheep grazing. At the base of the valley the journey intensifies and stopping at the remote village of Draughton, the trip then continues, with more rugged scenery on the left as Skipton approaches – the bus twisting leftwards, through dense woodland briefly, then close to the Thanet Canal before nestling into Skipton Bus Station with a range of chain stores and independent retailers a few yards away.

A Fab Day Out!

In Ilkley, customers can start their exploration with a stroll along the famous Ilkley Moor, where they can marvel at the Bronze Age rock carvings known as the “Ilkley Moor Baht ‘at.” Nature enthusiasts will also appreciate the stunning vistas of the Wharfe Valley from atop the moor. Afterwards, they can visit the historic Ilkley Manor House, dating back to the 14th century, which now houses a museum showcasing the town’s rich heritage. For a relaxing experience, they can unwind in the elegant surroundings of the Ilkley Riverside Gardens or enjoy a leisurely walk along the scenic Riverside Walk.

Stop off at Addingham, where you can be immersed in the town’s quaint atmosphere by exploring its charming streets lined with stone cottages and traditional pubs. History buffs can visit the St. Peter’s Church, a Grade I listed building with a history dating back to the 12th century, or take a stroll along the scenic River Wharfe. The nearby Addingham Moorside provides an opportunity for invigorating hikes amidst stunning natural landscapes, while the Ilkley Golf Club offers a challenging round of golf with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Onto Skipton, which is often referred to as the “Gateway to the Dales,” – customers can embark on a journey through history at Skipton Castle, one of the best-preserved medieval castles in England. They can also explore the bustling Skipton Market, which offers a variety of goods ranging from fresh produce to handmade crafts. For a taste of local culture, they can catch a performance at the Skipton Town Hall or enjoy a leisurely canal boat ride along the scenic Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Additionally, the Skipton Woods provide ample opportunities for nature walks and wildlife spotting, making it an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

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