Dales Way – Day 1

Home to Ilkley

Steve had arranged train tickets travelling from home (Stourbridge) to Birmingham and on to Ilkley. When we arrived mid-afternoon in sunshine, Ilkley was buzzing with shoppers and folks eating & drinking at the various open air bars / restaurants.

Our hotel was the one that Steve had stayed at before, (Rombalds Hotel) on his first attempt at the Dales Way, so he knew the way. Unfortunately it was at the top of a steep hill, onto the edge of Ilkley Moor. We looked around for a taxi, as we had cases and all our gear with us, but there were none to be seen, so it was onwards and upwards dragging our cases along the Victorian pavements and cobbled roads.

At the hotel, looking back towards Ilkey

and gasping for breath, we booked in at reception who then showed us to our rooms – on the TOP floor and there wasn’t a lift!

Once we had settled in and got our breath back from the climb, it was a case of back down the hill into town to have a look around and take in the atmosphere of the day. It was now nearing the evening and Steve announced he had a discount voucher for 2 meals, so after deciding where to eat, we did find a taxi which took us to the Cow & Calf Restaurant

overlooking Ilkley town. After an excellent meal and the evening drawing to a close we able to get another taxi back to our hotel, where we each had a well deserved good night’s sleep.

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