Ilkley and Otley

Friday 15th July 2022

We started the day with a short drive to Ilkley, recently voted in The Times as one of the best places to live in England.

It is obviously a thriving town with lots of individual shops, bistros and cafes and of course the famous Betty’s. Our grand spending was a pair of sandals for Michelle and a book from the charity shop for me.

There was a large queue outside.

It was a short hop from there to tonight’s stopover on the outskirts of Otley on the grounds of The Old Otliensians amateur rugby club.

The Yorkshire branch of the Camping and Caravanning Club have hired this site for several weeks as a temporary holiday site, any member of the C and C Club can stay, it costs £10 a night. Tonight there are approx 50 caravans/ camper vans on site. The site is next to a large Garden Centre so we went for a walk around there this afternoon, Michelle found another challenge.

Since she met me her feet haven’t touched the ground😂

Across the main road from the site is the River Wharfe and a nature reserve.

The site as it’s name would suggest was once the site of the town Gallows and an information board informs that quite a few met their death here. Now it is a cool shady nature reserve, there are quite a few cherry trees and I managed to pick a handful for Michelle to nosh.There is a path from the reserve in both directions along the river and we took the path towards Otley to extend our walk.

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