With its tearooms, flowerbeds and genteel Victorian architecture, Ilkley is the picture of a Yorkshire spa town. The settlement’s roots stretch back much further, however: more than 250 rocks on nearby Ilkley Moor bear intricate carved patterns of cup indentations, concentric circles and grooves from Neolithic and Bronze Age times.
This 10-mile circular walk, which could also be split into two shorter parts, takes in Ilkley Moor’s most impressive carvings and also some of its natural rock wonders. Start in front of the town’s Victorian railway station, then follow Wells Road up to the moor’s edge.
Above you’ll see White Wells, an 18th-century natural spa (now a café) where brave customers can still take a plunge. A footpath to the left leads to a tarn. From here, you can make the steady climb towards crags on the skyline.