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Ilkley is a town in Yorkshire with a population of 14,809 (as per a 2001 census). The town is located in a valley, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, a national park in the Pennine Hills, famous for its dry stone walls, caves, caverns and other points of interest. The Pennines are a popular cycling route; the Tour de France passed through Ilkley for the first time in 2014.

Various archaeological digs have turned up evidence that the town existed back in the Bronze Age - flint arrowheads, cup marks and a druid stone circle - as well as the remains of a Roman fort. In the 17th century, Ilkley became famous for the quality of its water: people from far and wide travelled to the town to bathe in the water, including the Victorian author Charles Dickens.

To this day Ilkley has one of the few remaining lidos in England, an open air swimming pool open to the public from May until September. Ilkley Moor lies to the south of the town, and is perhaps most famous for giving its name to the song known as the unofficial Yorkshire county anthem, "On Ilkley Moor Baht 'at", translated as "On Ilkley Moor without a hat".

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