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Apr 2015

ylica (personal-name) + lēah Old English (woodland) clearing.

Population - 14,809.

Wetherspoon™s - The Lister Arms : There used to be a pub in Ilkley called 'The Lister Arms' (0/5).

West Yorkshire Coat of Arms

It's likely you'll like Ilkley. We like Ilkley. Very likeable is Ilkley and just a little bit fancy with its Michelin™-starred restaurant.

Ilkley Car Park

Ample parking is provided next the modern Moors Shopping Centre, itself providing inspiration for an idea that will be shattered soon enough, shame.

 
The Box Tree Restaurant (Church Street)

Amuse your bouche in this Michelin™-starred restaurant where, just like their crab, you'll need to be well dressed.

The Moors Centre is possibly the only slight visual blight in this old spa town but it's been done sympathetically enough, just about, and houses a Wetherspoon™s.

Now, Wetherspoon™s have a tradition of naming their pubs based on the history of the town or the old building they invariably inhabit. The  Wallaw, an old cinema in Blyth, or the  Standing Order, an old bank in Stevenage, you dig?

This one's called the Lister Arms because there used to be a pub called the Lister Arms in Ilkley, apparently. Looks like the Director of Contrived Waterhole Naming was on holiday that week because  Bar T'At is much, much better.

At the time, this was thought to have been genuinely inspired and this one was walking around like he was  Don Draper. It soon became clear, however, that some wag got there first and there's one here already on Cunliffe Road, no doubt down to  Peggy who never got the credit.

Yes,  Mad Men has just been binged on, again.

There's more indoor shopping just behind in the Victorian Arcade, dating from the turn of the 20th century but with a relatively recent makeover.

Ilkley - The Victorian Arcade

Now, it's not so much ties and top hats, more Thai and tapas, eh?

There's a  Bettys™ in Ilkley but better to nab an outdoor table at the Little Teahouse to eavesdrop and understand why there's a Bettys™ in Ilkley.

Yes, Ilkley is just a little bit that kind of place.

It's such a that kind of place, independent retailers dominate the shopping along Brook Street and The Grove.

Ilkley - Brook Street Ilkley - The Grove

In one such outdoors store, having decided to take a walk out, a map was needed. A map and some advice, really...

Advice as to whether, if venturing up onto the local moorland, without a suitable form of headwear, advice on, if one were actually to do so, would this cause a big song and dance?

 Apparently so.

This was the several'th visit to the town but the first time down to the River Wharfe.

Ilkley - River Wharfe

There's a park and a big old play area behind you, not shown, and this place jumps in the summer, they say.

The  Dales Way is an 80-mile, long-distance footpath to Cumbria's Bowness-on-Windermere and actually starts right here. It doesn't look too troublesome with the first half just about following the flat course of the Wharfe.

That's for another day, however, the only thing troubling today was what's for tea?

Thai or tapas?