Vista from Ilkley Moor: Is this Britain’s best view?

Views to a thrill: The Cow and Calf at Ilkley and, inset, the Mourne Mountains from Rocky Shore near Tyrella, Northern Ireland. The region is where parts of Game of Thrones were filmed.main Picture: simon hulme
Views to a thrill: The Cow and Calf at Ilkley and, inset, the Mourne Mountains from Rocky Shore near Tyrella, Northern Ireland. The region is where parts of Game of Thrones were filmed.main Picture: simon hulme
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ILKLEY MOOR, as every Yorkshire person knows, offers unrivalled views.

So it was no surprise when a famous son of the town, gardener and broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh, revealed it was one of his favourite vistas.

The former Gardeners’ World presenter said: “The view from the Cow and Calf rocks on Ilkley Moor, over the town below, will always remain my favourite view.

“I grew up in this Dales town, and the view reminds me of how lucky I was to grow up in such a wonderful part of the country. Moors, woods and riverside were my childhood playground, and I cherish the time I spend there.”

But it was a view made familiar by a television series which was hailed Britain’s best, according to a major survey.

About one third of people surveyed by The Countryman magazine voted for the mountains of Mourne in County Down, Northern Ireland, where parts of the Games of Thrones series were filmed.

The glimpse of Snowdonia from the summit of Snowdon was the second most popular, while striking sights in the Isle of Skye, Lake District and Pembrokeshire made the top five.

MP Rachel Reeves.

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