Ilkley - The Dales at their finest.
With beautiful Victorian architecture, wide winding streets and pretty floral displays, the spa town of Ilkley is a perfect destination, lying just two miles from Audley Clevedon and Ben Rhydding.
Lured by its magnificent history and wonderful location, Ilkley has long been a destination for famous Britons. Charles Darwin rented accommodation in the town to escape attention prior to the publication of his Origin of the Species, and author Jilly Cooper and gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh grew up in the shadow of the Cow and Calf rocks, a famous rock formation on the Ilkley Moor.
As well as well-known connections, Ilkley has a wonderful array of specialist shops and galleries, award-winning parks and sports clubs. And should you wish to soak up the local culture, there is also a theatre, museum, concert hall and library to visit. Plus, throughout the year, the town plays host to numerous literary and artistic festivals.
Leeds and Bradford: 30 minutes by train
Leeds Bradford Airport: 20 minutes by car
Victorian Saltaire World Heritage Site: 10 miles
Bolton Abbey: 9 miles