IlkleySun Inn, Norwood

Ilksun two
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This is a good route for walking between Ilkley and the Sun Inn. The route passes Swinsty Reservoir, crosses Denton Moor and makes use of the fun stepping stones across the River Wharfe

This is a good route for walking between Ilkley and the Sun Inn. The route passes Swinsty Reservoir, crosses Denton Moor and makes use of the fun stepping stones across the River Wharfe


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Grid Ref SE1182247626
Lat / Lon 53.92465° / -1.82147°
Easting / Northing 411,822E / 447,626N
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Sun Inn, Norwood
Grid Ref SE2068753821
Lat / Lon 53.98005° / -1.68606°
Easting / Northing 420,687E / 453,821N
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16 Oct 2023 Autumn

A fantastic route through a variety of landscapes and habitats, on good paths and with a good mix of popular trails and more remote walking.

I took the Dales Way bus service to the Sun Inn to start (be sure to tell the driver, as most passengers are continuing to one of the reservoirs proper) which is a great link service. The walk down to Swinsty and around the perimeter is a mix of lovely mature woodland and access paths, popular with dog walkers and families.

The path over to Timble is clear, gradual and crosses through classic Nidderdale fields, and then through a dry-stone walled track, up to the outskirts of the village. From here to the crossroads is along road, but it is quiet with wide verges, and great views across Nidderdale (including the 'golf balls' at RAF Menwith Hill).

I'd walked the path from Timble Ings across Askwith Moor before and knew it was straightforward to follow (not the case for all paths on that moor!) Soon the view down to Ilkley opens up and you can see a good swathe of Wharfedale as you start to descend to Denton.

n.b. on my walk, the stepping stones crossing of the Wharfe from Denton Road was impassable due to one having been lost/in need of repair. I don't think the route should be altered as this is such a delightful addition to it, but in the case of the crossing not being possible, one needs to follow Denton Road east and cross at the footbridge nearer Olicanians CC. If aware ahead of time and wanting to cut out as much of this road walking, one could go from Denton to Middleton and descend through Stubham Wood to the crossing.

The rest of the walk into Ilkley is very pleasant and the town is a great place to enjoy some deserved refreshment.


19 Apr 2022 Spring

I really enjoyed walking this route. I'd definitely walk it again.

You can expect woods, a reservoir, quiet lanes, moorland, stepping stones, riverside paths and good views.

There were a few wet and muddy patches towards the south of Denton Moor on the day we walked this route, but nothing unexpected and our feet stayed dry.

I am sure there is a route that would be more accessible. Perhaps someone (local?) could add an additional route option for this Slow Way?.


19 Apr 2022 Spring

Really enjoyed walking this route, especially the stepping stones over the river. I 100% recommend this route. There's some walking down quiet lanes, but that was welcome after lots of walking on uneven ground earlier in our day.

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