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

Sort climbs
  Climb nameGrade
 DORIS BUTTRESS 
2Vital SparkS
3Sinister CracksVD
4Sinister RibE3 5b **
5BlackballE3 5c *
6DorisS 3c **
7Bald PateE1 5a
8Doris DirectE4 7a **
9Bald Pate Super DirectE6 6c *
10Bald Pate Direct StartE2 5b **
11DeathwatchE7 6b *
12Little KaiserHS 4b
13Grand as OwtE3 6a *
14Where Blue Tits DareE4 6b
15SerendipityE2 5b *
16Piton WallHVS 5a **
17Transparent WallHVS 5a **
18Sticky FingersE3 6a *
19Magic PieHS 4b
20Desperate Dredd (Left Slab Variation)E3 5c
21Desperate DreddE4 6a
 THE QUARRY 
23Highfield CornerHVS 5a
24NailbiteVD *
25Central WallE1 5b
26Central RibHVS 5a
27Sand ChimneyVD
28Wellington ChimneyD *
29Demolition DerbyHS 4a
30Overhanging BlocksHVS 5a
31The Stomach TraverseHS 4a
32Wellington CrackE4 5c ***
33LoadedE8 7a *
34Snap DecisionE7 6c **
35ShadowlandsMS
36Jiggery Not PokeryHVS 5b
37Curving CracksVS 5a *
38Gibbon's WallVS 4c
39High StreetE3 5c **
40Curving CornerHVS 5b
41Letter Box CrackHS 4b
42Peg WallV4 6b
43Peg CrackHVS 5a *
44Corner And ScoopHS 4a
45Quatre BrasE1 5b *
46The Maid of WakefieldE4 6b *
47GuillotineE6 6b *
48Big BudE6 6c
49Unexpected JourneyE6 6b *
50Thompson's CrackVS 4c **
51Into The Great Wide OpenE4 5c
52Propeller WallE4 5c
53TurbopropE5 6b
54Old CrackVS 4b *
55S CrackVS 4c ***
56Fairy Wall (S Crack Start)HVS 5a **
57Fairy WallE2 5c
58Fairy StepsHVD *
59Fairy Steps (direct start)MS *
60V ChimneyVS 5a
61Cherry Valley RibHVS 5a *
62Josephine Super DirectVS 4b **
63Josephine DirectHS 4b *
64Little JohnE1 5b *
65Short CircuitE2 5c *
66HipgnosisE3 6b
67JosephineHS 4b **
68The Girdle TraverseVS 4c **
69NapoleonVS 4c *
70BlucherVS 4c *
71Tufted CrackE2 5c **
72WaterlooE2 6a
73WalewskaVS 4c ***
74Walewska VariationVS 5a **
75Josephine TraverseHS 4b *
76Warriors of the WastelandE6 6b
77Not Tonight JosephineE3 6a
78Optimus PrimeE5 6b
79Botterill's CrackHVS 5a *
80Flake CrackHS 4a *
81Flake Crack DirectE1 5c
 CENTRAL AREA 
83Old SpiceE2 5b *
84LadybirdHVD *
85Eastern NightMS
86NightshadeHS 4b *
87Dead Of NightHVS 5a
88Evening WallVS 4c *
89Cold ChiselHS 4b
90ChisellerS 4a *
91GazHS 4c
 THE COW 
93Cow CrackVD *
94Cow FlapVS 5a
95Cow RibHVS 5a **
96A ClimbS 4b ***
97A Climb Alternative FinishHVS 5b *
98FerdinandHS 4a **
99Ferdinand Hand TraverseVS 4c
100Voyage To The Outer LimitsE6 6b
101Desperate DanE6 6b **
102Cow UdderE1 5a *
103Mad DogsE3 5c *
104The Black and White DaysE5 6b *
105Gerty BerwickE9 7b ***
106The Lizard KingE9 7a **
107The New StatesmanE8 7a ***
108Milky WayE6 6b ***
109Mars BarE6 6c
110GalaxyE6 6b *
111OutspanE6 6c
112The Marine Who Slept InE5 6a *
113Fast ForwardE6 6c **
114Hand JiveE2 5c *
115The SentinelVD
 THE CALF 
117The Early StarterE2 6a *
118The Chipped Steps.M *
 BOWLING FORRE BOULDERS - (WESTERN BUTTRESSES) 
120In A PickleE6 6b
121Captain B.O.'s Kiss Of DeathE3 6b
122Butch CrackHVS 5b
123Cassidy's CrawlVS 5a *
124Lost BootsVS 4c *
125PatienceHVS 5b *
126Waiting RoomE2 6a
127Little HoleE2 6a
128Big HoleE1 5c
129Doing the BusinessE3 6b *
130Green ChimneyHVS 5a
131First AreteE3 6b
132Three MantelsS
133Second AreteVD
 FAR WESTERN BUTTRESS 
135Olicana CrackVS 5b
136Romans RibE5 6c
137CarrieE3 6a
 FORGOTTEN BUTTRESS 
139Forgotten ButtressS 4a
140Double CrackVD
141Mantelshelf AreteS 4a *
 BOULDERING 
 CD AREA 1 - TWO LITTLE FINS 
144CD 1 - Problem 1V0 5a
145CD 1 - Problem 4V0 5a
146CD 1 - Problem 7VB 4b
 CD AREA 2 - TC AREA 1 - BALD PATE 
148CD 2 - Problem 5V2 5c
 CD AREA 3 - SQUARE FACE 
150CD 3 - Problem 3V3 6a
151CD 3 - Problem 4V0 5b
152CD 3 - Problem 5V3 6a
153CD 3 - Problem 6V0- 5a
154CD 3 - Problem 7VB 4a
155NailbiteVB
156CD 3 - Problem 9V0 5b
157CD 3 - Problem 10V0- 5a
158CD 3 - Problem 11VB 4c
 SQUARE FACE ELIMINATES 
160Problem 1 - Square Face EliminatesV1 5b
161Problem 5 - Square Face EliminatesV1 5c
 CD AREA 4 - LETTERBOX CRACK 
163Peg Wall EliminateV6 6b
 CD AREA 5 - TC AREA 9 B - SHORT CIRCUIT 
165Ground Crewf4+
166Other Ranksf5+
167Other Ranks Eliminate If6A *
168Other Ranks Eliminate IIf6A *
169S Crack to Fairy Steps TraverseV2 5c
170Little John Directf6C+ *
171Short Circuitf6A
 CD AREA 6 - TC AREA 9B - EARWIG RIB 
173Spider Wallf6A **
174Earwig Ribf6A+ *
175Earwig Rib SDf7A+ *
 CD AREA 7 - TC AREA 2 & 3C - THE CINDY CRAWFORD WORKOUT 
177CD 7 - Problem 11f2+
178Introductory Slabf2 *
179CD 7 - Problem 12f6B 6b
180Biterf6B 6b
181CD 7 - Problem 15f4+
182Slab Directf6C
183Flake Indirectf6B
184Gully Wallf6B+ *
 CD AREA 8 - TC AREA 3 A & B - BABY SPICE 
186CD 8 - Problem 1f4
187Baby Spicef7B *
188Ron's Traversef7A *
189CD 8 - Problem 13VB 4a
190Duskyf4
 CD AREA 9 - LEFT SIDE OF THE COW 
192CD 9 - Problem 8VB 5b
193CD 9 - Problem 9V3 6a *
194Slopersf5+
195CD 9 - Problem 13V2 6a
 CD AREA 10 - TC AREA 4 - THE CALF 
197Yorkshire Grit - Problem 4 - The CalfV8 6c *
198Bonnington's Book Problemf5+ **
199Car Park Crackf5 **
200Car Park Wall Eliminatef7A+
201Super Setf7B+ ***
202Facet Wallf6B+ *
203Under the Stairsf5+ *
204CD 10 - Problem 19V7 6c
205The Ringf6A **
206The Ring Eliminatef6A
207Ringpiecef7B+ *
208Late Feverf7B+
209CD 10 - Problem 22V0 5a
210Pebble Groovef5+ **
 THE BACK OF THE CALF (TC AREA 4B) 
212Calf Dynof5 ***
213The Easy WayV1 5c **
214Three More Repsf7B *
215The Mid-Height Traversef7B+ ***
216Piccachu Challengef7C+ *
217Almost Pleasantf6C+ **
218Bernie The Boltf7B+ **
219The PinchV8 **
220Al's ProblemV9 6c
221Back of the Calf - Problem 15V6 *
222Back of the Calf - Problem 16V5 6b *
223Back of The Calf - Problem 17V6 6b
224Back of the Calf - Problem 18V7 6b+
225Back of the Calf - Problem 19V6 6b
226Back of the Calf - Problem 26V8
227Cindy Crawfordf7B+ ***
228Gnomef6B+ *
 CD AREA 11 - THE SENTINEL 
230CD 11 - Problem 2V0- 4a
231CD 11 - Problem 8V3 6a
232CD 11 - Problem 9V0 5a
233CD 11 - Problem 10V0 5a+
234CD 11 - Problem 11V0 5a+
235CD 11 - Problem 12VB 5a
236CD 11 - Problem 13VB 4c
 CD AREA 12 - TC AREA 5 - IAN'S ROOF (BOWLING FORRE BOULDERS) 
238CD 12 - Problem 1VB 4a
239CD 12 - Problem 3V2 5c
240CD 12 - Problem 4VB 5a
241CD 12 - Problem 5VB 5a
242CD 12 - Problem 6VB 4a
243CD 12 - Problem 8VB 4b
244CD 12 - Problem 15V4 6a+
245CD 12 - Problem 18V0 5b
246CD 12 - Problem 20VB 4b
 YORKSHIRE GRIT BOULDER 
248CD 12 - Problem 21V1 5b
249Arnf6A+
250Chef Recommendsf7A *
251Boudicaf7A+ **
252CD 12 - Problem 23V2 5c
253CD 12 - Problem 24V1 5b+
 CD AREA 13 - TC AREA 6 - LOST BOOTS 
255CD 13 - Problem 1VB 4b
256CD 13 - Problem 2VB 4a
257CD 13 - Problem 3VB 4b
258CD 13 - Problem 4VB 4b
259CD 13 - Problem 9V4 6b *
260Lost Boysf6C+
261Eliminate Traverse f7B
262Patiencef5
263CD 13 - Problem 12V0 5a+
264CD 13 - Problem 13V4 6b
265First Things Firstf7A+ ***
266First Aretef7A+ *
267I Am Curious Yellowf7C+ ***
 CD AREA 14 - UNDER LOST BOOTS 
269Slab Nosef4+
270Slab Travf6B+
271Slab Centref5+
272Slab Rightf4
273CD 14 - Problem 5VB 4a
274CD 14 - Problem 5aV1 5a/b
275Gully Traversef6A+ *
 CD AREA 15 - TC AREA 7 - OLICANA BUTTRESS 
277Olicana Aretef7A
278Chariots of Firef6C
279Chariots Of Fire Eliminatef7B+ *
 FORGOTTEN BUTTRESS 
281Triceratopsf4 *
 UNCONFIRMED CLIMBS 
283Unknown HVD
284Little Cow VD
285Tramline MVS 4b
286Ian's Rooff7B+
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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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