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HOW WAS YOUR STAY IN ILKLEY?

By Josie Whitehead

How Was Your Stay in Ilkley
The Tarn, Ilkley Moor, in Winter

How was your stay in Ilkley?
    Did you walk upon the moors?
Did you climb the path to White Wells,
    See the baths and take a pause?

Did the sun shine down upon you
    With its warmth upon your cheek?
Did you see the purple heather
    And hear Wharfedale's bleating sheep?

Were the waterfalls still bouncing
    Over rocks at Hebers Ghyll?
Were there skylarks soaring overhead
     Above gold brackened hills?

When you walked beside the River Wharfe,
     Were children out to play?
Did you stop to feed our many ducks
     Who encourage folk to stay?

Perhaps you were quite lively
    And climbed the Cow and Calf.
I hope you brought your climbing gear -
    You can't do things by half.

As you walked in Ilkley's busy streets
    Beneath the cherry trees,
Did you like our pretty flower beds?
     We really try to please.

We hope you had a lovely stay
    Within this town of ours.
Goodbye for now but come again
    And spend more happy hours.


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Ilkley Moor in August

The Old Bridge over River Wharfe, Ilkley

Cow and Calf Rocks, Ilkley Moor

Memorial Gardens, Ilkley

Middleton Woods with bluebells in May

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Hebers Ghyll