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Ilkley (Cow and Calf)

West Yorkshire, ENGLAND

Climbs 250 – 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. Plus a zillion or so other routes.

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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1.8mm rain
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16 °C
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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 **172
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 **48
17Transparent WallHVS 5a **99
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 *306
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 ***64
33LoadedE8 7a *1
34Snap DecisionE7 6c **6
35ShadowlandsMS 15
36Jiggery Not PokeryHVS 5b 1
37Curving CracksVS 5a *140
38Gibbon's WallVS 4c 43
39High StreetE3 5c **18
40Curving CornerHVS 5b 18
41Letter Box CrackHS 4b 67
42Peg WallV4 6b 33
43Peg CrackHVS 5a *227
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
51TurbopropE5 6b 2
52Old CrackVS 4b *299
53S CrackVS 4c ***688
54Fairy Wall (S Crack Start)HVS 5a **12
55Fairy WallE2 5c 52
56Fairy Steps (direct start)MS *101
57Fairy StepsHVD *518
58V ChimneyVS 5a 21
59Cherry Valley RibHVS 5a *97
60Josephine Super DirectVS 4b **331
61Josephine DirectHS 4b *142
62Little JohnE1 5b *32
63Short CircuitE2 5c *71
64HipgnosisE3 6b 1
65JosephineHS 4b **355
66The Girdle TraverseVS 4c **3
67NapoleonVS 4c *241
68BlucherVS 4c *272
69Tufted CrackE1 5c **271
70WaterlooE2 6a 4
71WalewskaVS 4c ***556
72Walewska VariationVS 5a **20
73Josephine TraverseHS 4b *29
74Not Tonight JosephineE3 6a 3
75Optimus PrimeE5 6b 1
76Botterill's CrackHVS 5a *46
77Flake CrackHS 4a *325
78Flake Crack DirectE1 5c 15
 CENTRAL AREA  
80Old SpiceE2 5b *40
81LadybirdHVD *112
82Eastern NightMS 18
83NightshadeHS 4b *24
84Dead Of NightHVS 5a 5
85Evening WallVS 4c *20
86Cold ChiselHS 4b 19
87ChisellerS 4a *246
88GazS 4b 20
 THE COW  
90Cow CrackVD *80
91Cow FlapVS 5a 6
92Pebble GrooveV1 5b **39
93Cow RibHVS 5a **18
94A ClimbS 4b ***257
95A Climb Alternative FinishHVS 5b *7
96FerdinandHS 4a **49
97Ferdinand Hand TraverseVS 4c 17
98Voyage To The Outer LimitsE6 6b 1
99Desperate DanE6 6b **11
100Cow UdderE1 5a *90
101Mad DogsE3 5c *6
102The Black and White DaysE5 6b * 
103Gerty BerwickE9 7a *** 
104The Lizard KingE9 7a **1
105The New StatesmanE8 7a ***4
106Milky WayE6 6b ***10
107GalaxyE6 6b *1
108The Marine Who Slept InE5 6a *1
109Fast ForwardE6 6c **1
110Hand JiveE2 5c *3
111The SentinelVD 23
 THE CALF  
113The Early StarterE2 6a *3
114The Chipped Steps.M *74
 WESTERN BUTTRESSES  
116In A PickleE6 6b 1
117Captain B.O.'s Kiss Of DeathE3 6b  
118Butch CrackHVS 5b 1
119Cassidy's CrawlVS 5a *1
120Lost BootsVS 4c *34
121PatienceHVS 5b *20
122Waiting RoomE1 5b 4
123Little HoleE2 6a  
124Big HoleE1 5c 10
125Doing the BusinessE3 6b * 
126Green ChimneyHVS 5a 2
127First AreteE3 6b 9
128Three MantelsS 6
129Second AreteVD 16
 FAR WESTERN BUTTRESS  
 Climb nameGradex
131Olicana CrackVS 5a 4
132Romans RibE5 6c  
133CarrieE3 6a  
 FORGOTTEN BUTTRESS  
135Forgotten ButtressS 4a 9
136Double CrackVD 11
137Mantelshelf AreteS 4a *8
 BOULDERING  
139Problem 1 - Two Little FinsV0 5a 2
140Problem 4 - Two Little FinsV0 5a 1
141Problem 7 - Two Little FinsVB 4b 2
142Problem 5 - Bald PateV2 5c 1
143Peg Wall Eliminate - Letterbox Crack areaV6 6b  
144Short Circuit - Short Circuit areaV2 5c 29
145Spider Wall - Earwig Rib areaV2 5c **34
146Earwig Rib - Earwig Rib areaV3 6a *30
147Earwig Rib SD - Earwig Rib areaV7 6c *6
148Ron's Traverse - Baby SpiceV6 6b *10
149Problem 13 - Baby SpiceVB 4a 3
150Problem 13 - Baby SpiceV0- 4a 2
151Facet Wall - The CalfV5 6b *5
152Ringpiece - The CalfV9 6c+ *39
153Super Set - The CalfV10 7a ***6
154The Classic Dyno - The CalfV2 6a+ ***76
155Al's Problem - The CalfV9 6c  
156Car Park Crack - The CalfV2 5c **30
157The Mid-height Traverse - The CalfV8 6c ***4
158Problem 4 - The CalfV8 6c *3
159Problem 5 - the calfV0 5a 2
160Problem 15 -the CalfV6 *1
161Problem 17 - calfV6 2
162Problem 16- The CalfV6 *3
163Problem 19 - The CalfV7 6c 3
164Problem 19 - calfV6 1
165Problem 22 - The CalfV0 5a 2
166Problem 26 - calfV8 1
167The Ring - The CalfV2 5c **18
168Under the stairs - The CalfV1 5b *16
169The Ring Eliminate - The CalfV3 6a 3
170Late FeverV8  
171Three More RepsV8 7a *1
172Problem 3 - Square faceV3 6a 1
173Problem 4 - Square FaceV0 5b 4
174Problem 6 - Square FaceV0- 5a 4
175Problem 7 - Square FaceVB 4a 3
176Nailbite - Square FaceVB 2
177Problem 5 - Square faceV3 6a 1
178Problem 9 - Square FaceV0 5b 2
179Problem 10 - Square FaceV0- 5a 1
180Problem 11 - Square FaceVB 4c 1
181Problem 15 - Cindy Crawford WorkoutVB 5a 4
182Problem 17 - Cindy Crawford WorkoutV7 6b+  
183First Things First - Lost Boots AreaV8 6c ***6
184Problem 1 - Olicana ButtressV6 6b **5
185Chariots Of Fire Eliminate - Olicana ButtressV8+ 6b *2
186Unamed problem - Olicana Wallf7A 1
187Into The Great Wide OpenE4 5c 2
188Little John Directf7A *5
189Almost Pleasantf6C+ **17
190Unknown but next to Supersetf7A+ 1
191Problem 2 - The SentinelV0- 4a 1
192Problem 8 - The SentinelV3 6a 1
193Problem 9 - The SentinelV0 5a 1
194Problem 10 - The SentinelV0 5a+ 1
195Problem 11 - The SentinelV0 5a+ 1
196Problem 12 - The SentinelVB 5a 1
197Problem 13 - The SentinelVB 4c 1
198Problem 20 - Boulder 7V2 5b *1
199Problem 1 - Boulder 12VB 4a 1
200Problem 3 - Boulder 12V2 5c 1
201Problem 4 - Boulder 12VB 5a 1
202Problem 5 - Boulder 12VB 5a 1
203Problem 6 - Boulder 12VB 4a 1
204Problem 8 - Boulder 12VB 4b 1
205Problem 15 - Boulder 12V4 6a+ 1
206Problem 18 - Boulder 12V0 5b 1
207Problem 20 - Boulder 12VB 4b 1
208Problem 21 - Boulder 12V1 5b 1
209Problem 23 - Boulder 12V2 5c 1
210Problem 24 - Boulder 12V1 5b+ 1
211Problem 1 - Lost BootsVB 4b 3
212Problem 2 - Lost BootsVB 4a 3
213Problem 3 - Lost BootsVB 4b 3
214Problem 4 - Lost BootsVB 4b 4
215Problem 10 - Patience - Lost BootsV0+ 5a+ 4
216Problem 12 - Lost BootsV0 5a+ 4
217Problem 13 - Lost BootsV4 6b 4
218Problem 19 - First Arete - Lost BootsV7 6c *2
219Traverse from 'Lost Boots' to flake on rightf7A 1
220Problem 1 - Under Lost BootsVB 4c 2
221Problem 4 - Under Lost BootsVB 4b 3
222Problem 5 - Under Lost BootsVB 4a 3
223Problem 1 - Square Face EliminateV1 5b 2
224Problem 5 - Square Face EliminateV1 5c 2
225Bonnington's Book ProblemV1 **6
226TriceratopsV0 5a *2
227The Easy WayV1 5c **4
228Chef Recommendsf7A *1
229Arnf6A+ 1
230The PinchV8 **1
231Unnamed Arete Left Of Short CircuitV5 ** 
232S Crack to Fairy Steps TraverseV2 5c 3
233Piccachu Challengef8A *1
234Boudicaf7A+ **1
235GnomeV4 *16
236Bernie The BoltV9 **1
237Baby SpiceV7 *10
238Chariots of FireV4 1
239Cindy Crawfordf7C ***2
240Curious yellowf7C+ ***2
241DuskyVB 4c 1
 UNCONFIRMED CLIMBS  
243Unknown HVD 4
244Eliminate Traverse f7B 1
245Little Cow VD 1
246Tramline MVS 4b 1
247Central Climb E1 5b 2
248Problem 9 - Lost Boots *V4 6b *2
249Problem 2 Undercut Traverse - Under Lost Boots *V4 6b 3
250Problem 3 - Under Lost Boots *V1 5b 2
251Problem 5a - Under Lost Boots *V1 5a/b 2
252Problem 6 - Under Lost Boots *V3 6a *2
253Problem 8 - Left Side of The Cow *VB 5b 1
254Problem 9 - Left Side of The Cow (Ilkley (Cow and Calf)) *V3 *1
255Problem 12 - Left Side of The Cow (Ilkley (Cow and Calf)) *V1 5c 1
256Problem 13 - Left Side of The Cow (Ilkley (Cow and Calf)) *V2 6a 1
257Introductory Slab *f2 3a *1
258Problem 11, Cindy Crawford Workout area *f4 5a 1
259Problem 12 - Cindy Crawford Workout *f6B 6b 1
260Biter *f6B 6b 1
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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