Posted: Wed 02 Jan, 2019 4:07 pm
tyke bhoy wrote:Thanks Black Prince your ancient 'M62' certainly makes some sense as a later forerunner of the M62 followed a similar route at least as far as Skipton and the canal builders would certainly have been looking for the most easty traverse of the Pennines. What is curious though is that having reached Ilkley why not just continue along the fairly flat Wharfe valley to Tadcaster instead of the southern diversion to Adel and then back north? Not only does it appear a diversion but it also meant at some stage climbing the ridge that at various stages constitutes Ilkley Moor, Otley Chevin, Pool Bank or Harewood Bank.
This extract from my history notes is NOT the Roman route, but you might find it of interest anyway.
The ancient Kings Highway was described as a bridleway which ran from Tadcaster to Leeds, it crossed the northern part of Whin Moor from Thorner to Red Hall, to Elemet Lane, turned south via Asket Hill, Dibb Lane, Oakwood Lane, Coldcotes, then to Leeds via to Foundry Approach and Stoney Rock Lane.
The principal residences were Penwell Farm, White Laithe Farm, Lime Kiln House, Pigeon Cote Farm, Grange Farm, HillTop, Tottie Hall, Seacroft Hall, Morwick Hall, Grymes Dyke, Hannah Hills House,(Hawthorns), Morwick Farm, Manston Hall, Hill Top Farm, Coldwell Farm Spikeland Nook and