Sunday, 16 November 2014

Ilkey Moor (Rombalds Moor)

Location: Between Ilkley and Keighley, West Yorkshire
Height: 402 metres (1,319 ft)
Summit Type: Boggy/Flat
Notable Summit Objects: Trig Point
Range: -
Ilkley Moor is an impressive and thanks to a certain folk song relatively famous West Yorkshire highpoint that divides the towns of Keighley and Ilkley. The moor is actually part of the lesser known Rombalds Moor, a large piece of exposed high ground that rises from the village Guiseley in a north westerly direction towards the village of Silsden. Rombalds Moor consists of 7 individual moors, Hawksworth Moor, Burley Moor, Bingley Moor, Ilkley Moor, Morton Moor, High Moor and Addingham High Moor. The far eastern edge of the moor is the highest point in the Leeds postcode area, the rest of the moor falls into the Bradford post code therefore it is the highest point in Bradford.
The moor is a superb place to train for long distance hiking, it has some long trails to follow, short walks, there are some climbing and scrambling locations, neolithic carvings to find, 3 Trig Points to find, woods, the magnificent Cow and Calf rocks, mountain biking tracks, some great views to observe, and all this when you are never too far from civilisation.
The views are excellent from many parts of the moor, to the north you are looking down onto Ilkley and beyond to Beamsley Beacon and Round Hill, the north east provides a glimpse of the 'golf balls' of the early warning station on top of Menwith Hill, and towards Almscliff Crag. The south east gives views of Leeds and as far as the Vale of York. The southern views look down onto Bingley and on towards the outskirts of the city of Bradford and as far as Holme Moss (Black Hill) on clear days. South west you're looking down onto Keighley and towards the Worth Valley and the Bronte Moors. And the north west gives views towards Embsay Moor and Thorpe Fell Top.

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