Rombalds Moor

Rombalds Moor is an area of moorland in West Yorkshire, England, between the Airedale and Wharfedale valleys. The towns of Ilkley and Keighley lie to its northern and southern edges, respectively. The moor is sometimes referred to as Ilkley Moor, though technically this refers to the section of moor on the northern flank, above the town of Ilkley.[2][3]

Rombalds Moor
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Highest point
Elevation402 m (1,319 ft)[1]
Prominencec. 244 metres (801 ft)
Parent peakThorpe Fell Top
LocationWest Yorkshire, United Kingdom
OS gridSE114452
Topo mapOS Landranger 104


Rombalds Moor consists of several moors, usually named after the nearest town or village bordering it. They include (clockwise from north): Ilkley Moor, Burley Moor, Hawksworth Moor, Baildon Moor, Bingley Moor, Morton Moor, and Addingham High Moor.

There are over 400 examples of stones with cup and ring marks on them scattered across Rombalds Moor.[4]


The moor is said to be named after the local folklore legend of Rombald the Giant, though the name is likely to be a corruption of Romille, the moors surrounding Skipton having been given to Robert de Romille by William the Conqueror.[2] Earlier Ordnance Survey maps show an earlier variant of the name as Rumbles Moor.[5]


  1. ^ Dawson, Alan (1992). Relative hills of Britain. Milnthorpe: Cicerone Press. ISBN 9781852840686.
  2. ^ a b Goddard, Christopher (2013). The West Yorkshire Moors. Northern Heritage Publications. ISBN 978-1906600990.
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey (1988). Leeds, Bradford and Harrogate (Edition 5-GSGS. ed.). Southampton: Ordnance Survey. ISBN 9780319221044.
  4. ^ Robinson, Andrew (14 September 2012). "Uncovered: Secrets of Ilkley Moor's rock art". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  5. ^ Ordnance Survey. "Side by side georeferenced maps viewer - Map images - National Library of Scotland".