HOW WAS YOUR STAY IN ILKLEY?
By Josie Whitehead
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