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Ilkley (Cow and Calf)

West Yorkshire, ENGLAND

Climbs 257 – Rocktype Gritstone – Altitude 250m a.s.l – Faces N

Crag features
Notable for New Statesman (E8 7a) which takes the compelling arete, but if you're not feeling up to that there are plenty of routes to entertain. Wellington Crack (E4 5c) is fun too.

Bouldering

CD = Cameron Duff

TC = Total Climbing

Access notes
Car Park 100m from the rocks. Bus and train to Ilkley approx. 3 km away - allow 40 min for the walk. Get off at Ben Rhydding for a shorter walk to the crag - 15 mins if you're a quick walker - up the obvious path through the small wood.
Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Weather forecast

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Guidebooks
Northern England (2008), Yorkshire Gritstone Bouldering (2008), Yorkshire Gritstone Bouldering (2001), Yorkshire Gritstone (1999),
Out of print: Yorkshire Gritstone (1990)

Climbs at this crag

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 Climb nameGradex
 DORIS BUTTRESS  
2Sinister CracksVD 98
3Bald PateE1 5a 21
4DorisS 3c **175
5Vital SparkS 12
6Sinister RibE3 5b **47
7BlackballE3 5c *20
8Doris DirectE4 7a **1
9Bald Pate Super DirectE6 6c * 
10Bald Pate Direct StartE2 5b **6
11DeathwatchE7 6b *24
12Little KaiserHS 4b 16
13Grand as OwtE3 6a *1
14Where Blue Tits DareE4 6b  
15SerendipityE2 5b *14
16Piton WallHVS 5a **49
17Transparent WallHVS 5a **101
18Sticky FingersE2 5c *32
19Magic PieHS 4b 5
 THE QUARRY  
21Desperate Dredd (Left Slab Variation)E3 5c  
22Desperate DreddE4 6a 6
23Highfield CornerHVS 5a 17
24NailbiteVD *308
25Central WallE1 5b 12
26Sand ChimneyVD 62
27Central RibHVS 5a 5
28Wellington ChimneyD *26
29Demolition DerbyHS 4a 6
30Overhanging BlocksHVS 5a 3
31The Stomach TraverseHS 4a 7
32Wellington CrackE4 5c ***67
33LoadedE8 7a *1
34Snap DecisionE7 6c **7
35ShadowlandsMS 16
36Jiggery Not PokeryHVS 5b 1
37Curving CracksVS 5a *142
38Gibbon's WallVS 4c 45
39High StreetE3 5c **18
40Curving CornerHVS 5b 18
41Letter Box CrackHS 4b 68
42Peg WallV4 6b 34
43Peg CrackHVS 5a *235
44Corner And ScoopHS 4a 16
45Quatre BrasE1 5b *2
46The Maid of WakefieldE4 6b *1
47GuillotineE6 6b *24
48Big BuelsE6 6c 1
49Thompson's CrackVS 4c **13
50Propeller WallE4 5c 12
51Into The Great Wide OpenE4 5c 2
52TurbopropE5 6b 2
53Old CrackVS 4b *302
54S CrackVS 4c ***701
55Fairy Wall (S Crack Start)HVS 5a **12
56Fairy WallE2 5c 54
57Fairy Steps (direct start)MS *105
58Fairy StepsHVD *523
59V ChimneyVS 5a 21
60Cherry Valley RibHVS 5a *99
61Josephine Super DirectVS 4b **335
62Josephine DirectHS 4b *143
63Little JohnE1 5b *32
64Short CircuitE2 5c *72
65HipgnosisE3 6b 1
66JosephineHS 4b **356
67The Girdle TraverseVS 4c **3
68NapoleonVS 4c *243
69BlucherVS 4c *279
70Tufted CrackE1 5c **278
71WaterlooE2 6a 4
72WalewskaVS 4c ***562
73Walewska VariationVS 5a **20
74Josephine TraverseHS 4b *29
75Not Tonight JosephineE3 6a 3
76Optimus PrimeE5 6b 1
77Botterill's CrackHVS 5a *46
78Flake CrackHS 4a *328
79Flake Crack DirectE1 5c 15
 CENTRAL AREA  
81Old SpiceE2 5b *41
82LadybirdHVD *113
83Eastern NightMS 18
84NightshadeHS 4b *25
85Dead Of NightHVS 5a 5
86Evening WallVS 4c *21
87Cold ChiselHS 4b 20
88ChisellerS 4a *251
89GazS 4b 20
 THE COW  
91Cow CrackVD *81
92Cow FlapVS 5a 6
93Pebble GrooveV1 5b **39
94Cow RibHVS 5a **18
95A ClimbS 4b ***264
96A Climb Alternative FinishHVS 5b *7
97FerdinandHS 4a **52
98Ferdinand Hand TraverseVS 4c 17
99Voyage To The Outer LimitsE6 6b 1
100Desperate DanE6 6b **11
101Cow UdderE1 5a *90
102Mad DogsE3 5c *6
103The Black and White DaysE5 6b * 
104Gerty BerwickE9 7a *** 
105The Lizard KingE9 7a **1
106The New StatesmanE8 7a ***4
107Milky WayE6 6b ***10
108GalaxyE6 6b *1
109The Marine Who Slept InE5 6a *1
110Fast ForwardE6 6c **1
111Hand JiveE2 5c *3
112The SentinelVD 23
 THE CALF  
114The Early StarterE2 6a *3
115The Chipped Steps.M *75
 WESTERN BUTTRESSES  
117In A PickleE6 6b 1
118Captain B.O.'s Kiss Of DeathE3 6b  
119Butch CrackHVS 5b 1
120Cassidy's CrawlVS 5a *1
121Lost BootsVS 4c *35
122PatienceHVS 5b *20
123Waiting RoomE1 5b 5
124Little HoleE2 6a  
125Big HoleE1 5c 11
126Doing the BusinessE3 6b * 
127Green ChimneyHVS 5a 2
128First AreteE3 6b 9
129Three MantelsS 6
130Second AreteVD 17
 FAR WESTERN BUTTRESS  
132Olicana CrackVS 5a 4
133Romans RibE5 6c  
134CarrieE3 6a  
 FORGOTTEN BUTTRESS  
136Forgotten ButtressS 4a 9
137Double CrackVD 11
138Mantelshelf AreteS 4a *8
 BOULDERING  
 CD AREA 1 - TWO LITTLE FINS  
 Climb nameGradex
141CD 1 - Problem 1V0 5a 2
142CD 1 - Problem 4V0 5a 1
143CD 1 - Problem 7VB 4b 2
 CD AREA 2 - TC AREA 1 - BALD PATE  
145CD 2 - Problem 5V2 5c 1
 CD AREA 3 - SQUARE FACE  
147CD 3 - Problem 3V3 6a 1
148CD 3 - Problem 4V0 5b 4
149CD 3 - Problem 5V3 6a 1
150CD 3 - Problem 6V0- 5a 4
151CD 3 - Problem 7VB 4a 3
152NailbiteVB 2
153CD 3 - Problem 9V0 5b 2
154CD 3 - Problem 10V0- 5a 1
155CD 3 - Problem 11VB 4c 1
 SQUARE FACE ELIMINATES  
157Problem 1 - Square Face EliminatesV1 5b 2
158Problem 5 - Square Face EliminatesV1 5c 2
 CD AREA 4 - LETTERBOX CRACK  
160Peg Wall EliminateV6 6b  
 CD AREA 5 - TC AREA 9 B - SHORT CIRCUIT  
162S Crack to Fairy Steps TraverseV2 5c 3
163Little John Directf6C *5
164Short Circuitf6A 30
 CD AREA 6 - TC AREA 9B - EARWIG RIB  
166Spider Wallf6A **34
167Earwig Ribf6A+ *30
168Earwig Rib SDf7A+ *6
 CD AREA 7 - TC AREA 2 & 3C - THE CINDY CRAWFORD WORKOUT  
170CD 7 - Problem 11f4 5a 1
171Introductory Slabf2 3a *1
172CD 7 - Problem 12f6B 6b 1
173Biterf6B 6b 1
174CD 7 - Problem 15f4+ 7
175CD 7 - Problem 16f6A 2
176Flake Indirectf6B 2
177CD 7 - Problem 20V2 5b *2
 CD AREA 8 - TC AREA 3 A & B - BABY SPICE  
179CD 8 - Problem 1f4  
180Ron's Traversef7A 6b *10
181DuskyVB 4c 1
182Baby Spicef7B *10
183CD 8 - Problem 13VB 4a 6
 CD AREA 9 - LEFT SIDE OF THE COW  
185CD 9 - Problem 8VB 5b 1
186CD 9 - Problem 9V3 6a *1
187CD 9 - Problem 12V1 5c 1
188CD 9 - Problem 13V2 6a 1
 CD AREA 10 - TC AREA 4 - THE CALF  
190Yorkshire Grit - Problem 4 - The CalfV8 6c *3
191Bonnington's Book ProblemV1 **6
192Car Park CrackV2 5c **33
193CD 10 - Problem 7f7A+ 1
194Super Setf7B+ 7a ***6
195Facet Wallf6B+ *5
196CD 10 - Problem 19V7 6c 3
197Late FeverV8  
198The RingV2 5c **18
199The Ring EliminateV3 6a 3
200Under the stairs - The CalfV1 5b *16
201Ringpiecef7B+ *43
202CD 10 - Problem 22V0 5a 2
 THE BACK OF THE CALF (TC AREA 4B)  
204The Mid-Height TraverseV8 6c ***4
205Piccachu Challengef7C+ *1
206The Easy WayV1 5c **4
207The Classic DynoV2 6a+ ***76
208Three More Repsf7B *1
209Almost Pleasantf6C+ **17
210Bernie The Boltf7B+ **1
211The PinchV8 **1
212Al's ProblemV9 6c  
213Back of the Calf - Problem 15V6 *1
214Back of the Calf - Problem 16V5 6b *3
215Back of The Calf - Problem 17V6 6b 2
216Back of the Calf - Problem 18V7 6b+  
217Back of the Calf - Problem 19V6 6b 1
218GnomeV4 *16
219Back of the Calf - Problem 26V8 1
220Cindy Crawfordf7C ***2
 CD AREA 11 - THE SENTINEL  
222CD 11 - Problem 2V0- 4a 1
223CD 11 - Problem 8V3 6a 1
224CD 11 - Problem 9V0 5a 1
225CD 11 - Problem 10V0 5a+ 1
226CD 11 - Problem 11V0 5a+ 1
227CD 11 - Problem 12VB 5a 1
228CD 11 - Problem 13VB 4c 1
 CD AREA 12 - TC AREA 5 - IAN'S ROOF  
230CD 12 - Problem 1VB 4a 1
231CD 12 - Problem 3V2 5c 1
232CD 12 - Problem 4VB 5a 1
233CD 12 - Problem 5VB 5a 1
234CD 12 - Problem 6VB 4a 1
235CD 12 - Problem 8VB 4b 1
236CD 12 - Problem 15V4 6a+ 1
237CD 12 - Problem 18V0 5b 1
238CD 12 - Problem 20VB 4b 1
239CD 12 - Problem 21V1 5b 1
240CD 12 - Problem 23V2 5c 1
241CD 12 - Problem 24V1 5b+ 1
 YORKSHIRE GRIT BOULDER  
243Chef Recommendsf7A *1
244Arnf6A+ 1
245Boudicaf7A+ **1
 CD AREA 13 - TC AREA 6 - LOST BOOTS  
247CD 13 - Problem 1VB 4b 3
248CD 13 - Problem 2VB 4a 3
249CD 13 - Problem 3VB 4b 3
250CD 13 - Problem 4VB 4b 4
251CD 13 - Problem 9V4 6b *2
252Patiencef5+ 4
253CD 13 - Problem 11f7A 1
254Eliminate Traverse f7B 1
255CD 13 - Problem 12V0 5a+ 4
256CD 13 - Problem 13V4 6b 4
257First Things FirstV8 6c ***6
258First Aretef7A+ *2
259I Am Curious Yellowf7C+ ***2
 CD AREA 14 - UNDER LOST BOOTS  
261CD 14 - Problem 1VB 4c 2
262CD 14 - Problem 2V4 6b 3
263CD 14 - Problem 3V1 5b 2
264CD 14 - Problem 4VB 4b 3
265CD 14 - Problem 5VB 4a 3
266CD 14 - Problem 5aV1 5a/b 2
267CD 14 - Problem 6V3 6a *2
 CD AREA 15 - TC AREA 7 - OLICANA BUTTRESS  
269CD 15 - Problem 1V6 6b **5
270Olicana Aretef7A 1
271Chariots Of Fire Eliminatef7B+ *2
272Chariots of Firef6C 1
 FORGOTTEN BUTTRESS  
274TriceratopsV0 5a *2
 UNCONFIRMED CLIMBS  
276Unknown HVD 4
277Little Cow VD 1
278Tramline MVS 4b 1
279Central Climb E1 5b 2
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I love this place, its got it all. It is windy and cold and close to the car park and everything!
hop360 - 15/Jul/08

Been a few times, but today was great. Midweek, no crowds, warm weather, couple of other climbers, Walewska, Peg Crack, Blucher, Josephine Superdirect, Letterbox Crack all led. A great place for a quick fix of climbing.
Crofty - 24/Jun/08

Sorry what I meant to say,is it is the best crag in the world!.When you are bored with Ilkley you are bored with life!.
Huw - 05/Dec/05

Probably the best crag in the world.
Huw - 02/Nov/05

The bouldering on the back of the calf is very good in my opinion. Very enjoyable if you like climbing on crimps/ pinches/ undercuts on overhanging terrain. A bit of polish, but nothing compared to places like almscliffe... and the problems are mainly eliminates, so a guide is kinda useful. Lots of people walking around the place, but its nothing to cry about, most of them arent climbers and hence wont be top-roping anyway :). (Find something else to whine about :) )
Scott - 21/Aug/05

I'd rather have a few beginners on a crag than a whingeing twat with a made-up name like 'salamanda' !
matt - 24/Jun/05

Some excellent climbing spoiled by hordes of day trippers hence noise, and loads of top-roping beginner parties hence polish. The sight of hundreds of pairs of trainers scuppering helplessly across crucial small holds will make you cringe.
Salamanda - 25/Jul/04

Polished, but good climbing to be had
mick whiteoak - 31/May/04

If u want to get to grips with grit there are few better places than Ilkley. If ur doing ur first lead or E7 there is something there for u and one of the best walls of VS climbs anywhere. S Crack and Walewska are worth the trip alone - just hope u find somewhere to park when the weather is good
howard - 14/Mar/02