Ilkley (Cow and Calf)

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.

Guidebooks
YMC Yorkshire Gritstone Vol 2 (2014), 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 nameGrade
 DORIS BUTTRESS  
2Vital SparkS 12
3Sinister CracksVD 104
4Sinister RibE3 5b *49
5BlackballE3 5c *21
6DorisS 3c **179
7Bald PateE1 5a *22
8Doris DirectE4 7a **1
9Bald Pate Super DirectE6 6c * 
10Bald Pate Direct StartE2 5b **6
11DeathwatchE7 6b *26
12Little KaiserHS 4b 16
13Grand as OwtE3 6a 1
14Where Blue Tits DareE4 6b  
15SerendipityE2 5b *15
16Piton WallHVS 5a **50
17Transparent WallHVS 5a **108
18Sticky FingersE2 5c *32
19Magic PieHS 4b 5
20Desperate Dredd (Left Slab Variation)E3 5c  
21Desperate DreddE4 6a 6
 THE QUARRY  
23Highfield CornerHVS 5a 16
24NailbiteVD *318
25Central WallE1 5b 14
26Central RibHVS 5a 5
27Sand ChimneyVD *64
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 17
36Jiggery Not PokeryHVS 5b 1
37Curving CracksVS 5a *151
38Gibbon's WallHS 4c 49
39High StreetE3 5c **18
40Curving CornerHVS 5b 18
41Letter Box CrackHS 4b 70
42Peg WallV4 6b 34
43Peg CrackHVS 5a *244
44Corner And ScoopHS 4a 16
45Quatre BrasE1 5b *2
46The Maid of WakefieldE4 6b *1
47GuillotineE6 6b *24
48Big BudE6 6c 1
49Unexpected JourneyE6 6b * 
50Thompson's CrackVS 4c **13
51Into The Great Wide OpenE4 5c 2
52Propeller WallE4 5c 12
53TurbopropE5 6b 2
54Old CrackVS 4b *312
55S CrackVS 4c ***739
56Fairy Wall (S Crack Start)HVS 5a **12
57Fairy WallE2 5c 54
58Fairy StepsHVD *537
59Fairy Steps (direct start)MS *106
60V ChimneyVS 5a 23
61Cherry Valley RibHVS 5a *108
62Josephine Super DirectVS 4b **344
63Josephine DirectHS 4b *149
64Little JohnE1 5b 32
65Short CircuitE2 5c *75
66HipgnosisE3 6b 1
67JosephineHS 4b **368
68The Girdle TraverseVS 4c **4
69NapoleonVS 4c *251
70BlucherVS 4c *288
71Tufted CrackE1 5c **293
72WaterlooE2 6a 4
73WalewskaVS 4c ***586
74Walewska VariationVS 5a **20
75Josephine TraverseHS 4b *29
76Warriors of the WastelandE6 6b  
77Not Tonight JosephineE3 6a 3
78Optimus PrimeE5 6b 1
79Botterill's CrackHVS 5a *47
80Flake CrackHS 4a *343
81Flake Crack DirectE1 5c 15
 CENTRAL AREA  
83Old SpiceE2 5b *42
84LadybirdHVD *116
85Eastern NightMS 19
86NightshadeHS 4b *27
87Dead Of NightHVS 5a 5
88Evening WallVS 4c *22
89Cold ChiselHS 4b 21
90ChisellerS 4a *259
91GazS 4b 20
 THE COW  
93Cow CrackVD *83
94Cow FlapVS 5a 6
95Cow RibHVS 5a **18
96A ClimbS 4b ***274
97A Climb Alternative FinishHVS 5b *7
98FerdinandHS 4a **52
99Ferdinand Hand TraverseVS 4c 17
100Voyage To The Outer LimitsE6 6b 1
101Desperate DanE6 6b **11
102Cow UdderE1 5a *96
103Mad DogsE3 5c *6
104The Black and White DaysE5 6b * 
105Gerty BerwickE9 7b *** 
106The Lizard KingE9 7a **1
107The New StatesmanE8 7a ***5
108Milky WayE6 6b ***10
109Mars BarE6 6c  
110GalaxyE6 6b *1
111OutspanE6 6c  
112The Marine Who Slept InE5 6a *1
113Fast ForwardE6 6c **1
114Hand JiveE2 5c *3
115The SentinelVD 23
 THE CALF  
117The Early StarterV4 6a *3
118The Chipped Steps.M *76
 BOWLING FORRE BOULDERS - (WESTERN BUTTRESSES)  
120In A PickleE6 6b 1
121Captain B.O.'s Kiss Of DeathE3 6b  
122Butch CrackHVS 5b 1
123Cassidy's CrawlVS 5a *1
124Lost BootsVS 4c *37
125PatienceHVS 5b *20
126Waiting RoomE2 6a 6
127Little HoleE2 6a  
128Big HoleE1 5c 11
129Doing the BusinessE3 6b * 
130Green ChimneyHVS 5a 2
131First AreteE3 6b 9
132Three MantelsS 6
133Second AreteVD 17
 FAR WESTERN BUTTRESS  
135Olicana CrackVS 5b 4
136Romans RibE5 6c  
137CarrieE3 6a  
 FORGOTTEN BUTTRESS  
139Forgotten ButtressS 4a 9
140Double CrackVD 11
141Mantelshelf AreteS 4a *8
 BOULDERING  
 CD AREA 1 - TWO LITTLE FINS  
144CD 1 - Problem 1V0 5a 2
145CD 1 - Problem 4V0 5a 1
146CD 1 - Problem 7VB 4b 2
 CD AREA 2 - TC AREA 1 - BALD PATE  
148CD 2 - Problem 5V2 5c 1
 CD AREA 3 - SQUARE FACE  
150CD 3 - Problem 3V3 6a 1
151CD 3 - Problem 4V0 5b 4
152CD 3 - Problem 5V3 6a 1
153CD 3 - Problem 6V0- 5a 4
154CD 3 - Problem 7VB 4a 3
155NailbiteVB 2
156CD 3 - Problem 9V0 5b 2
157CD 3 - Problem 10V0- 5a 1
158CD 3 - Problem 11VB 4c 1
 SQUARE FACE ELIMINATES  
160Problem 1 - Square Face EliminatesV1 5b 3
161Problem 5 - Square Face EliminatesV1 5c 2
 CD AREA 4 - LETTERBOX CRACK  
163Peg Wall EliminateV6 6b  
 CD AREA 5 - TC AREA 9 B - SHORT CIRCUIT  
165Ground Crewf4+ 1
166Other Ranksf5+ 1
167Other Ranks Eliminate If6A *1
168Other Ranks Eliminate IIf6A *1
169S Crack to Fairy Steps TraverseV2 5c 6
170Little John DirectV5 6b *7
171Short Circuitf6A 35
 CD AREA 6 - TC AREA 9B - EARWIG RIB  
173Spider WallV2 6a 37
174Earwig RibV3 6b *33
175Earwig Rib SDf7A+ *6
 CD AREA 7 - TC AREA 2 & 3C - THE CINDY CRAWFORD WORKOUT  
177CD 7 - Problem 11f2+ 1
178Introductory Slabf2 *1
179CD 7 - Problem 12f6B 6b 1
180Biterf6B 6b 1
181CD 7 - Problem 15f4+ 8
182Slab Directf6C 3
183Flake Indirectf6B 4
184Gully Wallf6B+ *3
 CD AREA 8 - TC AREA 3 A & B - BABY SPICE  
186CD 8 - Problem 1f4  
187Baby SpiceV7 *10
188Ron's Traversef7A *12
189CD 8 - Problem 13VB 4a 6
190Duskyf4 1
 CD AREA 9 - LEFT SIDE OF THE COW  
192CD 9 - Problem 8VB 5b 1
193CD 9 - Problem 9V3 6a *1
194Slopersf5+ 1
195CD 9 - Problem 13V2 6a 1
 CD AREA 10 - TC AREA 4 - THE CALF  
197Yorkshire Grit - Problem 4 - The CalfV8 6c *3
198Bonnington's Book ProblemV1 5b **7
199Car Park CrackV2 5c **34
200Car Park Wall Eliminatef7A+ 1
201Super SetV10 *7
202Facet WallV5 6b *7
203Under the StairsV1 5b 16
204CD 10 - Problem 19V7 6c 3
205The RingV2 5c *18
206The Ring Eliminatef6A 3
207RingpieceV9 **47
208Late FeverV8+  
209CD 10 - Problem 22V0 5a 2
210Pebble GrooveV1 5b ***40
 THE BACK OF THE CALF (TC AREA 4B)  
212Calf DynoV1 5b **78
213The Easy WayV1 5c **4
214Three More RepsV8+ *3
215The Mid-Height Traversef7B+ ***4
216Piccachu Challengef7C+ *1
217Almost Pleasantf6C+ **19
218Bernie The BoltV9 **3
219The PinchV8 **1
220Al's ProblemV9 6c  
221Back of the Calf - Problem 15V6 *1
222Back of the Calf - Problem 16V5 6b *3
223Back of The Calf - Problem 17V6 6b 3
224Back of the Calf - Problem 18V9 ** 
225Back of the Calf - Problem 19V6 6b 1
226Back of the Calf - Problem 26V8 1
227Cindy Crawfordf7B+ ***2
228GnomeV4 6a *17
 CD AREA 11 - THE SENTINEL  
230CD 11 - Problem 2V0- 4a 1
231CD 11 - Problem 8V3 6a 1
232CD 11 - Problem 9V0 5a 1
233CD 11 - Problem 10V0 5a+ 1
234CD 11 - Problem 11V0 5a+ 1
235CD 11 - Problem 12VB 5a 1
236CD 11 - Problem 13VB 4c 1
 CD AREA 12 - TC AREA 5 - IAN'S ROOF (BOWLING FORRE BOULDERS)  
238CD 12 - Problem 1VB 4a 1
239CD 12 - Problem 3V2 5c 1
240CD 12 - Problem 4VB 5a 1
241CD 12 - Problem 5VB 5a 1
242CD 12 - Problem 6VB 4a 1
243CD 12 - Problem 8VB 4b 1
244CD 12 - Problem 15V4 6a+ 1
245CD 12 - Problem 18V0 5b 1
246CD 12 - Problem 20VB 4b 1
 YORKSHIRE GRIT BOULDER  
248CD 12 - Problem 21V1 5b 1
249Arnf6A+ 1
250Chef Recommendsf7A *1
251Boudicaf7A+ **1
252CD 12 - Problem 23V2 5c 1
253CD 12 - Problem 24V1 5b+ 1
 CD AREA 13 - TC AREA 6 - LOST BOOTS  
255CD 13 - Problem 1VB 4b 4
256CD 13 - Problem 2VB 4a 4
257CD 13 - Problem 3VB 4b 3
258CD 13 - Problem 4VB 4b 5
259CD 13 - Problem 9V4 6b *3
260Lost Boysf6C+ 1
261Eliminate Traverse f7B 1
262Patiencef5 5
263CD 13 - Problem 12V0 5a+ 4
264CD 13 - Problem 13V4 6b 5
265First Things Firstf7A+ ***6
266First Aretef7A+ *2
267I Am Curious Yellowf7C+ ***2
 CD AREA 14 - UNDER LOST BOOTS  
269Slab Nosef4+ 2
270Slab Travf6B+ 3
271Slab Centref5+ 2
272Slab Rightf4 4
273CD 14 - Problem 5VB 4a 3
274CD 14 - Problem 5aV1 5a/b 2
275Gully Traversef6A+ *2
 CD AREA 15 - TC AREA 7 - OLICANA BUTTRESS  
277Olicana Aretef7A 11
278Chariots of Firef6C 1
279Chariots Of Fire Eliminatef7B+ *2
 FORGOTTEN BUTTRESS  
281Triceratopsf4 *2
 UNCONFIRMED CLIMBS  
283Unknown HVD 4
284Little Cow VD 1
285Tramline MVS 4b 1
286Ian's Rooff7B+  
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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