Ilkley is famous for Ilkley Moor and Yorkshire's official anthem the folk song On Ilkla' Moor Baht ‘at. There are many ways to enjoy the moor from outdoor sports, to exploring the moor's archaeological sites to the guided walks that happen throughout the year.
The most important group of archaeological sites to be found on Ilkley Moor are carved rocks, also known as cup & ring marked rocks. These date from the Bronze Age (4500 to 2700 years ago) and they are part of a much larger and internationally famous group to be found all across Rombalds Moor.
But it's not just carved rocks from pre-historic times that can be found on the moor. Simon Armitage has writen a sequence of poems, which have been carved into stones that are set in place along a permanent "Poetry Trail" called the Stanza Stones Poetry Trail extending from Armitage's birthplace, Marsden, to Ilkley.