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.