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The traditional starting place of the Dales Way, although an extended version of the walk now starts in Leeds. It is a long-established market town (market day is Saturday) , with its prosperity formerly based on wool (produced in the Yorkshire Dales since the middle ages); in the 19thC it became a health resort offering clean air and water to visitors from urban areas. Nowadays it still caters extensively for day visitors from the neighbouring metropolises of Leeds and Bradford as well as for Dales Way walkers and shoppers coming in from the Dales. Just south of the town is Ilkley Moor, a
area of open land with heather moor and gritstone outcrops, including the Cow and Calf rocks.
The Moor has been immortalised in the traditional song 'On Ilkla Moor baht 'at'. There is a variety of accommodation, including B&Bs and hotels, but no Youth Hostel. The nearest campsite is 3 miles along the Dales Way at Addingham. There is a choice of eating places, including pubs serving bar meals. There is a TIC (tourist information office) in the town. Points of interest in the town include its 16thC bridge and some 9thC crosses in the parish church.
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Property type: B & B Accreditations: Not Classified
Just a four minute walk from the start of the Dales Way and a 10 minute walk into the centre of Ilkley, 'Dales View Cottage' Bed and Breakfast is the ideal location for your stay in Ilkley.
The bed and breakfast is run by Sally who trained as a Home Economist at Ilkley College in the 1980's. After running ski chalets in France, Austria and Switzerland she followed a career in the hospitality and conference industries and has now returned 'home' to Ilkley to run her first B and B.
Distance from path: on route
OS reference: SE 10783 48032
In the very centre of the pretty spa town of Ilkley, just a short walk from the railway station, this traditional pub has comfortable guest rooms on the upper floors.
The Dalesway Hotel offers warm hospitality in a traditional pub atmosphere on the ground floor and accommodation in homely en suite guest rooms on the 2 upper floors. The large rooms are comfortable and well equipped, with satellite TV, irons, ironing boards and microwaves. All of the rooms are en suite, apart from room 3, which has a private bathroom. Jacuzzi Suite available from £85.00.
Distance from path: On route.
OS reference: 112479
1 single ensuite room
6 double ensuite rooms
1 twin ensuite room
2 family ensuite rooms
Last updated: 12/15/2016
Riverside Gardens, Ilkley West Yorkshire LS29 9EU Fax: 01943 607338
Property type: Country House Hotel Accreditations: ETB 3 Diamond
If you are looking for a warm welcome, friendly atmosphere and a picturesque moorland setting, The 'Ilkley Riverside Hotel' really does provide all three in abundance. Our family run hotel will make you feel welcome and at home as soon as you walk through the door.
Whether you are staying the night, joining us for a meal or in for a drink, you will be impressed with our high standards, the quality of our service and the fabulous setting.
If using the Riverside as a luggage drop off point, £5 per bag is payable to The Riverside for this service. Luggage to be dropped off before 9 a.m.
Car parking available for guests only.
Location and supplementary information[view map] The location of 'The Ilkley Riverside Hotel' is perfectly placed whether you are visiting Ilkley for business or pleasure. It is only a few moments from the bustling town centre, yet in such a tranquil riverside setting away from all the noise. Escaping to the moors or the Dales is very easy indeed, with the Dales way track starting only 100 yards away the the Pack Horse bridge.