Thursday, 21 October 2010

Climbing The Cow


Well, here's part of The Cow.... looks like rock, I hear you say, not a cow, and you are right of course.  The Cow and Calf rocks are a famous landmark on the edge of Ilkley Moor, overlooking the town.  They have been a draw for tourists ever since Victorian days, when Ilkley developed as a spa town and resort for day-trippers.  Nowadays you almost always see rock-climbers here.  The millstone grit provides an relatively easy surface for beginners to grip.  As it's easy to get to the top of the cliff (by a normal path... you didn't really think I'd climbed it, did you?) the instructors can send down ropes for the trainees to practise ascending and abseiling back down.  For the more familiar view of The Cow and its Calf, please click the Ilkley Moor link above.

12 comments:

  1. I think I'd be tempted to take the udder route (sorry, I couldn't help myself).

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  2. Magnificent rocks and much lovely shot!

    Hope you're having a great day!

    B xx

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  3. looks too energetic for me!! lol could never understand why people would want to climb up the side of the mountain or rockface when there is a perfectly good path :))) Judith

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  4. Where there is a cliff face, there is a challenge. Your photos provided vivid portraits.

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  5. I would have to take the normal path too!

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  6. Wait–is that YOU climbing the Cow? Moo!

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  7. I'd have to walk up the normal path and meet my lads at the top. They, of course, would climb it!

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  8. Excuse me while I remove this huge hook from my lip. You got me with yesterday's post. Looks like fun here.

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  9. I would have to have more protection than just a helmet if I were going to climb this!! ~Lili

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  10. I am mooved to groan at Martin's comment.

    And disappointed not to see jennyfreckles in climbing gear...

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  11. You'd think that moss would make the climb slippery. Great perspective here, Jenny.

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