THE COW & CALF ROCKS, ILKLEY, WEST YORKSHIRE. (See comments box story).

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Roy Pledger on December 29, 2011

A rocky outcrop towering above the town of Ilkley in West Yorkshire is know as the Cow and Calf rocks, a very popular part of the famous Ilkley Moor. Whilst the Cow forms the main part of the formation, the huge detached Calf rock, looks as if it could easily roll away at any time, but it is in fact firmly embedded in the ground and has been for hundreds of years. Prior to 1860, a third large rock, the Bull, stood much nearer the road, but it was broken up to provide stone for the building of the Crescent Hotel in Ilkley. A few yards east of the Cow and Calf, rests the Pancake rock, a huge flat stone balanced on the edge of the escarpment like a huge eagle. The upper surfaces are carved with shallow cups and other markings, known as cup and ring and so inscribed by prehistoric man some 4,000 years ago, probably with an antler tip.

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