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Ilkley (Cow and Calf)

West Yorkshire, ENGLAND

Climbs 237 – 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.

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

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGradex
 DORIS BUTTRESS  
2Sinister CracksVD 97
3Bald PateE1 5a 19
4DorisS 3c **167
5Vital SparkS 10
6Sinister RibE3 5b **43
7BlackballE3 5c *18
8Doris DirectE4 7a ** 
9Bald Pate Super DirectE6 6c * 
10Bald Pate Direct StartE2 5b **5
11DeathwatchE7 6b *22
12Little KaiserHS 4b 15
13Grand as OwtE3 6a * 
14Where Blue Tits DareE4 6b  
15SerendipityE2 5b *13
16Piton WallHVS 5a **43
17Transparent WallHVS 5a **89
18Sticky FingersE2 5c *31
19Magic PieHS 4b 5
 THE QUARRY  
21Desperate Dredd (Left Slab Variation)E3 5c  
22Desperate DreddE4 6a 5
23Highfield CornerHVS 5a 14
24NailbiteVD *296
25Central WallE1 5b 9
26Sand ChimneyVD 59
27Central RibHVS 5a 4
28Wellington ChimneyD *25
29Demolition DerbyHS 4a 5
30Overhanging BlocksHVS 5a 2
31The Stomach TraverseHS 4a 6
32Wellington CrackE4 5c ***57
33LoadedE8 7a *1
34Snap DecisionE7 6c **6
35ShadowlandsMS 13
36Jiggery Not PokeryHVS 5b 1
37Curving CracksVS 5a *134
38Gibbon's WallVS 4c 41
39High StreetE3 5c **16
40Curving CornerHVS 5b 17
41Letter Box CrackHS 4b 63
42Peg WallV4 6b 31
43Peg CrackHVS 5a *217
44Corner And ScoopHS 4a 16
45Quatre BrasE1 5b *1
46The Maid of WakefieldE4 6b *1
47GuillotineE6 6b *22
48Big BuelsE6 6c 1
49Thompson's CrackVS 4c **11
50Propeller WallE4 5c 11
51TurbopropE5 6b 1
52Old CrackVS 4b *284
53S CrackVS 4c ***655
54Fairy Wall (S Crack Start)HVS 5a **11
55Fairy WallE2 5c 49
56Fairy Steps (direct start)MS *89
57Fairy StepsHVD *507
58V ChimneyVS 5a 18
59Cherry Valley RibHVS 5a *89
60Josephine Super DirectVS 4b **320
61Josephine DirectHS 4b *137
62Little JohnE1 5b *31
63Short CircuitE2 5c *66
64HipgnosisE3 6b  
65JosephineHS 4b **342
66The Girdle TraverseVS 4c **3
67NapoleonVS 4c *228
68BlucherVS 4c *259
69Tufted CrackE1 5c **257
70WaterlooE2 6a 3
71WalewskaVS 4c ***525
72Walewska VariationVS 5a **13
73Josephine TraverseHS 4b *25
74Not Tonight JosephineE3 6a 2
75Optimus PrimeE5 6b 1
76Botterill's CrackHVS 5a *45
77Flake CrackHS 4a *314
78Flake Crack DirectE1 5c 14
 CENTRAL AREA  
80Old SpiceE2 5b *38
81LadybirdHVD *106
82Eastern NightMS 18
83NightshadeHS 4b *23
84Dead Of NightHVS 5a 5
85Evening WallVS 4c *19
86Cold ChiselHS 4b 19
87ChisellerS 4a *235
88GazS 4b 20
 THE COW  
90Cow CrackVD *78
91Cow FlapVS 5a 5
92Pebble GrooveV1 5b **38
93Cow RibHVS 5a **17
94A ClimbS 4b ***250
95A Climb Alternative FinishHVS 5b *7
96FerdinandHS 4a **46
97Ferdinand Hand TraverseVS 4c 17
98Voyage To The Outer LimitsE6 6b 1
99Desperate DanE6 6b **10
100Cow UdderE1 5a *87
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 ***9
107GalaxyE6 6b *1
108The Marine Who Slept InE5 6a *1
109Fast ForwardE6 6c **1
110Hand JiveE2 5c *2
111The SentinelVD 23
 THE CALF  
113The Early StarterE2 6a *1
114The Chipped Steps.M *65
 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 *30
121PatienceHVS 5b *20
122Waiting RoomE1 5b 4
123Little HoleE2 6a  
124Big HoleE1 5c 10
 Climb nameGradex
125Doing the BusinessE3 6b * 
126Green ChimneyHVS 5a 2
127First AreteE3 6b 9
128Three MantelsS 6
129Second AreteVD 15
 FAR WESTERN BUTTRESS  
131Olicana CrackVS 5a 4
132Romans RibE5 6c  
133CarrieE3 6a  
 FORGOTTEN BUTTRESS  
135Forgotten ButtressS 4a 8
136Double CrackVD 10
137Mantelshelf AreteS 4a *7
 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 26
145Spider Wall - Earwig Rib areaV2 5c **29
146Earwig Rib - Earwig Rib areaV3 6a *26
147Earwig Rib SD - Earwig Rib areaV7 6c *6
148Ron's Traverse - Baby SpiceV6 6b *9
149Problem 13 - Baby SpiceVB 4a 2
150Problem 13 - Baby SpiceV0- 4a 2
151Facet Wall - The CalfV5 6b *4
152Ringpiece - The CalfV9 6c+ *38
153Super Set - The CalfV10 7a ***6
154The Classic Dyno - The CalfV2 6a+ ***71
155Al's Problem - The CalfV9 6c  
156Car Park Crack - The CalfV2 5c **27
157The Mid-height Traverse - The CalfV8 6c ***4
158Problem 4 - The CalfV8 6c *3
159Problem 15 -the CalfV6 *1
160Problem 17 - calfV6 2
161Problem 16- The CalfV6 *3
162Problem 19 - The CalfV7 6c 3
163Problem 19 - calfV6 1
164Problem 22 - The CalfV0 5a 1
165Problem 26 - calfV8 1
166The Ring - The CalfV2 5c **14
167Under the stairs - The CalfV1 5b *14
168The Ring Eliminate - The CalfV3 6a 3
169Late FeverV8  
170Three More RepsV8 7a *1
171Problem 4 - Square FaceV0 5b 4
172Problem 6 - Square FaceV0- 5a 4
173Problem 7 - Square FaceVB 4a 3
174Nailbite - Square FaceVB 2
175Problem 9 - Square FaceV0 5b 2
176Problem 10 - Square FaceV0- 5a 1
177Problem 11 - Square FaceVB 4c 1
178Problem 15 - Cindy Crawford WorkoutVB 5a 3
179Problem 17 - Cindy Crawford WorkoutV7 6b+  
180First Things First - Lost Boots AreaV8 6c ***6
181Problem 1 - Olicana ButtressV6 6b **4
182Chariots Of Fire Eliminate - Olicana ButtressV8+ 6b *2
183Unamed problem - Olicana Wallf7A 1
184Into The Great Wide OpenE4 5c 1
185Little John Directf7A *5
186Almost Pleasantf6C+ **17
187Unknown but next to Supersetf7A+ 1
188Problem 2 - The SentinelV0- 4a 1
189Problem 8 - The SentinelV3 6a 1
190Problem 9 - The SentinelV0 5a 1
191Problem 10 - The SentinelV0 5a+ 1
192Problem 11 - The SentinelV0 5a+ 1
193Problem 12 - The SentinelVB 5a 1
194Problem 13 - The SentinelVB 4c 1
195Problem 20 - Boulder 7V2 5b *1
196Problem 1 - Boulder 12VB 4a 1
197Problem 3 - Boulder 12V2 5c 1
198Problem 4 - Boulder 12VB 5a 1
199Problem 5 - Boulder 12VB 5a 1
200Problem 6 - Boulder 12VB 4a 1
201Problem 8 - Boulder 12VB 4b 1
202Problem 15 - Boulder 12V4 6a+ 1
203Problem 18 - Boulder 12V0 5b 1
204Problem 20 - Boulder 12VB 4b 1
205Problem 21 - Boulder 12V1 5b 1
206Problem 23 - Boulder 12V2 5c 1
207Problem 24 - Boulder 12V1 5b+ 1
208Problem 1 - Lost BootsVB 4b 1
209Problem 2 - Lost BootsVB 4a 1
210Problem 3 - Lost BootsVB 4b 2
211Problem 4 - Lost BootsVB 4b 1
212Problem 1 - Under Lost BootsVB 4c 1
213Problem 4 - Under Lost BootsVB 4b 1
214Problem 5 - Under Lost BootsVB 4a 1
215Problem 1 - Square Face EliminateV1 5b 2
216Problem 5 - Square Face EliminateV1 5c 2
217Bonnington's Book ProblemV1 **4
218TriceratopsV0 5a *2
219The Easy WayV1 5c **4
220Chef Recommendsf7A *1
221Arnf6A+ 1
222The PinchV8 **1
223Unnamed Arete Left Of Short CircuitV5 ** 
224S Crack to Fairy Steps TraverseV2 5c 2
225Piccachu Challengef8A *1
226Boudicaf7A+ **1
227GnomeV4 *15
228Bernie The BoltV9 **1
229Baby SpiceV7 *10
 UNCONFIRMED CLIMBS  
231Unknown HVD 4
232Eliminate Traverse f7B 1
233Little Cow VD 1
234Tramline MVS 4b 1
235Central Climb E1 5b 2
236Problem 5 - the calfV0 5a 1
237Problem 3 - Square faceV3 6a 1
238Problem 5 - Square faceV3 6a 1
239Dusky *VB 4c 1
240Problem 12 - Lost Boots *V0 5a+ 2
241Problem 13 - Lost Boots *V4 6b 3
242Problem 10 - Patience - Lost Boots *V0+ 5a+ 2
243Problem 19 - First Arete - Lost Boots *V7 6c *2
244Traverse from 'Lost Boots' to flake on right *f7A 1
245Cindy Crawford *f7C ***2
246Curious yellow *f7C+ ***2
247Chariots of Fire *V4 1
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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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.
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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