Cow and Calf, Ilkley

16/8/17

Cow and Calf


High on Ilkley Moor the Cow and Calf Rocks are a large rock formation consisting of an outcrop and boulder, also known as Hangingstone Rocks. The rocks are made of millstone grit, a variety of sandstone, and are so named because one is large, with the smaller one sitting close to it, like a cow and calf. 

According to local legend, the Calf was split from the Cow when the giant Rombald was fleeing an enemy, and stamped on the rock as he leapt across the valley. The enemy, it is rumored, was his angry wife. She dropped the stones held in her skirt to form the local rock formation The Skirtful of Stones.
(LINK)

To day turned out to be most beautiful,
 following on my quest to visit all our local beauty spots. I took a trip to Ilkley. The heather has been stunning this year, so that was another reason to get outdoors. 





I could hear a sheep calling, he was on the rocks . Like king of the castle.

Arriving early I managed to get some photos before people arrived, at the bottom of the path there is a free place to park your car and a cafe run by a very nice Italian man.

Ilkely is in the bottom of the valley so you can see for miles, all the hills were purple from the heather.





The rocks were first described as the Hanging Stones in the local parish records of 1645, and their name probably derives from the old-english word hangra, meaning ‘a wood on a steep hill-side,’ which is very apt here.  The first known description of the site as possessing cup-and-rings appears to have been in a small article in the local Leeds Mercury newspaper in 1871.  Several years later J. Romilly Allen (1879) wrote a lengthier descripton of the site: (LINK)


Calf

You can walk inside the larger formation of rocks,which at one time was a quarry,  it popular place for rock climbers.

Heather
Another thing that was interesting was the Pigeons on the rocks, there was evidence they bread up here as well. No doubt attracted by all the visitors and their food.







Another thing the Cow and Calf  is famous for is 

Graffiti

some of the dates are over hundred years old.  







People have been leaving their marks on these stones for hundreds of years.

Swastika Stone

Swastika Stone - Modern Replica
Not my photo-(LINK)

I hope to go find these as they are quite well documented as well as the


all in the area on Ilkley moor. It was amazing seeing all the carved names on the rocks, people had risked life and limb in some places. I loved some of the larger rocks that were covered, works of art .






























If you get chance go find a hill and some heather....



Comments

  1. 1645: Wow! The recorded history is incredible. What beautiful views, too. The heather is dreamy--makes me want to visit that area someday! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks PP, it's a lovely place in summer and the heather has been lovely this year... a different place in winter , beautiful but bleak.
      Amanda xx

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  2. Lovely set of images Amanda.
    You shot some great scenic images with good composition.

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    1. Thanks Roy for the lovely comment, it's always nice to see your comments...
      Amanda xx

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  3. Hello Amanda, love the views and rock formations. The history is amazing. The heather is s pretty. A lovely spot for a walk., beautiful photos. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thanks again Eileen for your lovely comments, so much history surrounds these parts. Enjoying discovering new things .
      Amanda xx

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  4. Super post Amanda - and beautiful images. Love all the history, geology, and legends attached to those rocks - so interesting to read all about it. The views are stunning and I loved reading all the graffiti carved over so many years. Looks a superb place to visit and walk :) You certainly had a great few hours out :)

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    1. Thanks RR, for the lovely comments, you would love to take a walk round here so much to see and do , especially as you like all the history. I was amazed by all the graffiti, there was a odd one done in a orange spray paint but the rest were nicely done. Recording your place in history.
      Amanda xx

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  5. Such lovely photos, there's so much to explore up there, last time we went it wasn't nearly as colourful and very very boggy! The sheep is definitely surveying his realm from up there! x

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    1. Thanks Pam, a much nicer place to visit in summer so do hope you get chance to take another look as the heather is stunning. The sheep did far better than me scrambling over the rocks.
      Amanda xx

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  6. Wow what an amazing spot! I think I am in love and will put this on my list of places to visit. The heather looks gorgeous and all the old graffiti is fascinating. Thanks for posting! And thanks for your comment on my Ingleton post. Will definitely be visiting there again too. :)

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    1. Thanks Shazza, you would love it here... Stay in Ilkley and visit some of the places near by.The dog would love the river :)
      Amanda xx

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  7. I'd heard of the Cow and Calf from my husband who used to stay at nearby Menston with an aunt and uncle when he was a child and they used to have days out on Ilkley Moor. It looks a great place to visit and the graffiti is fascinating. Super photos:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, the place hasn't changed a bit and your husband would remember it if you got to visit, there was so much graffiti it was hard to photograph it all. Seeing it is much better.
      Amanda xx

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  8. What a wonderful post.. and such great photos. A lovely and interesting place to visit. :o)

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    1. Thank you Julie for stopping by and leaving a lovely comment, so pleased you liked the place..
      Amanda xx

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  9. We have hardly any time this year for nice outdoor adventures like this but did take a day off to enjoy the heather at the weekend. I've never been to Ilkley but it's one of those places that's been on my list for years and years! One day I might just start ticking some of them off the list... maybe next year when the house is done!

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    1. Thanks Louise hope the house is coming along nicely , nothing like recharging up on moor, and so beautiful with the heather. The more I read about Ilkley the more I find... one place to visit.
      Amanda xx

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  10. Oh, this is a lovely post. The views are wonderful and so interesting to read about the history too.
    We were down in the New Forest area recently and the heather there looks gorgeous too.
    Enjoy the remainder of August, I find it hard to believe that it will soon be September.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan, hope you had a lovely time in the New Forest another wonderful place to be. They go back to school next week or just after, were did summer go !
      Amanda xx

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  11. What a stunning area you have there Amanda. It is quite romantic and stirring. I just love those graffiti covered rocks. I bet it IS wild in winter but still has its own charm.

    I have only ever been to Yorkshire once, stayed around Goathland, it was beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, JJ
      I have always loved the place where I live, but just recently I have enjoyed it more, visiting all local spots with a new eye.
      Amanda 🐰🐰

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