After completing his masterpiece, The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin headed for Yorkshire to recuperate. He passed the autumn of 1859 in Ilkley, spending time at a water cure establishment. While in the town he received much correspondence about his book. On 14 October, 1859, Darwin wrote to his son, “The House is at the foot of a rocky, turfy, rather steep half-mountain. It would be nice with fine weather; but now looks dismal. There are nice excursions and fine walks for those that can walk. The Water Cure has done me much good; but I fell down on Sunday morning and sprained my ankle, and have not been able to walk since and this has greatly interfered with the treatment…”
From Dalesman magazine, April 2013

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