Ilkley, West Yorkshire – A Writer’s Gem in the North of England
A few years ago, I was planning a part of a trip that included 10 days in England. As a British history major in college, and the kid who was on a perpetual quest to eventually discover a way into Narnia, I knew that spending some time in the English countryside and frolicking through bucolic landscapes was a must.
Part of my trip would be up north in Yorkshire where I was visiting two college friends – a reunion in Leeds. I decided to spend a few days in a 19th century spa town called Ilkley which turned out to be a true gem and one of the highlights of my time in England.
Ilkley is a writer’s dream, and I suspect I’m not the first one to think so since it is home to the largest and oldest literary festival in the north of England. Ilkley is also a walkers dream. Nestled in between two moors, the wide clean streets of Ilkley and Ben Rydding, boast old-timey Victorian architecture, charming floral displays and deep historical roots. The landscape calls you to the outdoors.