Ilkley Tree Trails have been inspired by the Land and Nature group of Climate Action Ilkley. The aim is encourage people to take an interest in the natural environment around them.
They are presented in 12 page A4 booklets. They work well on a mobile phone or tablet but we suggest you print a copy of the map to carry with you. It’s the last page of the booklet but is also available as a single separate page to make it easy to download and print.
There are currently five trails, Ben Rhydding, Darwin Gardens and the Moor, Town Centre Trees, Trees in Winter and Introduction to Trees. You can view them via the links below. Trees in Winter is designed to be followed when the leaves have fallen and the twigs are bare.
The printed booklets have been available in the Grove Bookshop, the Visitors Centre and the Clarke Foley Centre at no charge. In Spring 2022 the printed stocks were refreshed thanks to the support of Ilkley BID.
This is a new tree trail created in June 2023 and takes you round 45 trees in Ben Rhydding. The trail is about 1 mile long and takes around 80 minutes.
It was printed thanks to the generosity of the Wharfedale Naturalist Society.
This starts at Darwin Gardens carpark and visits 35 trees in Darwin Gardens and on the lower Moor. There is a map on the back page of the booklet. The trail is about 1.5 miles and takes about 90 minutes. The path from White Wells to the lower tarn is rough and steep in places. If you want to avoid this you can retrace your steps from White Wells to Darwin Gardens and take the tarmac track to the lower tarn, rejoining the trail at tree 24.
To view or download the booklet click Darwin Gardens and Moor
To view or download the single page map click Moor Edge Map
Town Centre Trees
This starts in the south-east corner of the central car park, goes as far as Spence Gardens and finishes outside Christchurch on the Grove. It visits 34 trees and takes about an hour. As with the other trails there is a map on the back page of the booklet.
To view or download the booklet click Town Centre Trees
To view or download the single page map click Town Centre Map
Trees in Winter
The trail starts at the Manor House and visits 20 trees selected from the first 26 trees in the Introduction to Trees booklet. They have been selected because they have features easy to see in winter. The winter trail takes around 50 minutes.
A map marking the location of each tree is on the back page of this booklet. Each tree keeps its original number.
The trail starts at the Manor House and visits 40 trees in East Holmes Field and the Lido area. The aim is to help you recognise common trees. The trail is just over a mile long and takes 75 – 90 minutes.
A map marking the location of each tree is on the back page of this booklet.