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                                ILKLA  MOOAR

Richard explains his lack of hat:

Roger Sutcliffe and I (both Bradfordians) were discussing Ilkley Moor, which lies between Bradford and Ilkley. Roger in earlier days used to walk from Bingley to Ilkley Moor via the Dick Hudson Inn, over the moor to Ilkley and beyond.
My grandfather was a Bradford wool merchant and lived at Rombaldside just south of Rombalds moor, which includes Ilkley moor. My mother and her sister used to walk from home over Ilkley moor to Ilkley then catch the Bradford bus to return home.
When I was young my grandfather moved to Ben Rhydding near Ilkley, on the north side of the moor. My sister and I used to walk up to the famous Cow and Calf rocks. The Cow is a high cliff, below which is an enormous boulder called the Calf, which can be climbed, with difficulty.
My mother never liked wearing a hat so always walked on the moor baht’at!
Richard Atherton 

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It is in many bookshops at Whitby, Guisborough, Helmsley, and Thirsk.  He will be visiting Scarborough so hopefully in bookshops there too. Also Danby Lodge and Sutton Bank visitor centres and Castleton Tea Rooms.  It is selling well and hopefully a review in This England magazine and also the Daily Telegraph.