I’m local to Ilkley Moor, I live across the valley near Haworth. The summit has always been a bit of a black hole when it comes to VHF for some reason. 2FM is pretty dead around here, we’ve actually got some nice repeaters but they don’t have a lot of traffic.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s possible to have some QSOS from G/NP-028 using 2m and 70cm, I have worked into Devon and Scotland from there on SSB. HF works well from Ilkley Moor, I’ve often qualified it on just of few hundred mWs of CW. (See the LA1KHA challenge thread). We’re experiencing some pretty poop propagation generally at the moment, so don’t be discouraged.
I would ditch the mag loop though and get a dipole instead - dipoles are so easy and hassle free - set and forget.
As others have said, buying a handheld just above the budget ones is well worth it. The cheaper range of Yaesu handhelds are nice solid units, with better filtering than the budget brands, on TX as well as RX. A lot of the budget brand handhelds have been shown to have extremely poor TX filtering (I suppose it’s to allow operation over a wide range of frequencies), in some cases this probably actually contravenes regulations in use.
73, Colin M1BUU