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Ilkley

Had a nice little walk today along the River Wharfe . Started off in Addingham. had a look around this nice little village and headed up and across the smaller than it sounds suspension bridge to the North side of the river and headed East to Ilkley. I love rivers and the Wharfe is superb, mainly gentle, shallow and rolling but lots of stretches that suddenly change into deep and quite thunderous traps to swallow up the unwary.

As it happened the day didn't quite pan out to be the sun lit treat we thought with the light only occasionally bursting through the dampening clouds. Lots of stretches quite muddy as well. We came across a couple of very early lambs separated from their mothers who rushed to their rescue in a valiantly brave and defiant way when we approached. They needn't have been scared because as we all know Sheep are not the main animals at risk in the Huddersfield area.

We approached Ilkley, a town I've been to a few times over the years and always  liked despite it's North Yorks rural snobbish pretensions. There is a lot of wealth there no doubt. We passed through a lot of it on the banks of the River as we approached the town. Some fantastic houses a cricket club and a tennis club. I think we could fit right in there

We had a walk around the town. The charity shops were better stocked than Huddersfield's boutiques the big issue seller suavely dressed and well scrubbed and the Weatherspoons looking grand and classy. Tragically no good looking Fish n Chip places so we settled on a Growler before heading back on the south bank back to Addingham.

All in all a very pleasant seven mile stroll and ive just realised we didn't call in for a pint anywhere, very sloppy work, sorry.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

you missed a couple of fine pubs on the walk up Late Doors. the Crescent Inn does some great guest ales and very good food. then there's the Ilkley Vaults which are slightly out of town - fine booze and grub. I would avoid The Midland, Station and The Grove (though thats better for food)
Dock

Re: "just realised we didn't call in for a pint anywhere"

IMPOSTER!!!!!! WHERE DID YOU GET LD'S LOGIN DETAILS?

*sounds alarm*
Late Doors

We passed the Ilkley vaults on the way from the river into town and i thought it looked a good place. Ive been in that one at the bottom of town on the corner a few times (The Albert?) usually before going to the Bay leaf? .

MrsD usually does the driving back from these trips but as we had to negotiate the hell that is driving through Bradford    she did not fancy it all. I did not fancy it either with even one pint in me let alone a steady brace. We have had about six massive fall outs in our time, four of them in the car in and around Bradford.

Saw a couple of Snipes as well for any twitchers reading.
Grind

Better snipes than snipers.
Late Doors

So MrsD had another trip to Ilkley on Friday. I bloomem knew it, came back with a load of charity shop clothes including a designer named shirt (dont ask me) for me for the princley sum of one pound seventeen  pence
Plastic Man

For as long as I can remember, Otley has always had a lot of charity shops (probably at least 10). In the days before eBay, the local well-heeled were much more inclined to donate their unwanted items to charity shops rather than engage in the vulgarities of openly trying to flog them. There was apparently so much cheap, good gear that trans-Pennine coach trips used to be organised to visit them. Apparently there aren't anywhere  as many bargains to be had these days. In addition to there being less high-end stock being donated, the shops themselves are operated in a much more sophisticated manner, with trained staff sorting through the stock to identify the more valuable and to either price it accordingly or pass it on to other outlets where they might secure more money.
The Filth

Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
you missed a couple of fine pubs on the walk up Late Doors. the Crescent Inn does some great guest ales and very good food. then there's the Ilkley Vaults which are slightly out of town - fine booze and grub. I would avoid The Midland, Station and The Grove (though thats better for food)


Not been in for a while but the Midland has improved I think (It couldn't have got much worse). Having said that, last time i was in there was blood and a broken pool cue on the floor. I overheard someone telling the police that one lad had snapped it and shoved it into his mates eye... nasty. Agree on the other two. The wetherspoons is actually pretty decent. The Dalesway is best avioded too.

Never been in the Vaults funnily enough but have heard it's good beer and food. The Riverside is ok too.

If you're after decent fish and chips then wait till you get back to addingham. Old Station is best.

The pubs in Addingham are all expensive but the ones that went downhill (the Crown, The Craven Heiffer) should be turning around soon hopefully due to new owners.

Another good walk is from the suspension bridge in Addingham straight up to beamsley beacon and back. Or, for another river walk you can head in the opposite direction up the Wharfe to Bolton Abbey.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

the Fleece in Addingham is top notch for beer and food but again its all getting a bit too pricey for me. they have a nice all day deli and cafe at the side of the pub now

Best fish and chips in ilkley (apart from the haddock and chips Bettys does) are Grandad Nichols on the Leeds to Ilkley road

I went in the Yard recently which does good early evening meals from a chef who works miracles in a tiny kitchen. they have a good beer garden and balcony there but also seem to sell the dearest drinks in town
Dock

Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
the Fleece in Addingham is top notch for beer and food but again its all getting a bit too pricey for me. they have a nice all day deli and cafe at the side of the pub now

Best fish and chips in ilkley (apart from the haddock and chips Bettys does) are Grandad Nichols on the Leeds to Ilkley road

I went in the Yard recently which does good early evening meals from a chef who works miracles in a tiny kitchen. they have a good beer garden and balcony there but also seem to sell the dearest drinks in town


Good beer garden and balcony? Bad mix if you ask me.

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