Cow and Calf, Ilkley
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.
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)
You can walk inside the larger formation of rocks,which at one time was a quarry, it popular place for rock climbers.
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
some of the dates are over hundred years old.
People have been leaving their marks on these stones for hundreds of years.
|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....