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Doubler Stones, Rombalds Moor

Doubler Stones, Ilkley MoorThe Doubler Stones are two rock formations that can found on the western edge of Rombalds Moor, just east of the village of Silsden in West Yorkshire. Their unusual shape is caused by the top being made of hard gritstone whilst the lower part is a softer sandstone¹. The stones are an interesting photography subject, particularly at sunset. You are also afforded some beautiful views from the edge of the rocky outcrop.

The stones are easily accessible and made for a fun quick evening trip. I arrived about an hour before sunset, so I didn’t have to long to scope out the site. Luckily the site is not large, so it was a case of trying out some different angles (whilst avoiding the many, many sheep and lambs!). I started off with some shots of the two stones together.

Doubler Stones, Ilkley MoorI then took a few images of the individual stones. The one that is more ‘mushroom’ shaped is set back slightly from the edge of the outcrop. It’s quite impressive walking around it – a miniature version of the hoodoos of the Badlands in the US or Canada.

Doubler Stones, Ilkley Moor

Doubler Stones, Ilkley MoorThe other stone forms part of the rocky outcrop. Walking down the slope and looking back up, you can see how it forms a tower from the stack.

Doubler Stones, Ilkley MoorAs the sun went down, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get a silhouette on the stones. This one involved a 10-second timer and quick dash and scramble into position.

Doubler Stones, Ilkley MoorHere are a few more photos of the Doubler Stones, Rombalds Moor (click on an image to enlarge):

Approximate post code (for sat nav) BD20 0NL
Parking There are a few parking places along Light Bank Lane:
Directions From the parking, walk south east along Light Bank Lane until you see a concrete lane ahead (the road turns sharply to the right):

Go through the gate and head up the hill along the concrete track. Go through the second gate. You’ll see the stones ahead of you on the left. Continue just past the farm and then head up the dirt track on your left and walk over towards the stones. It takes about 20-25 minutes to walk here from the parking place.

This is the location of the Doubler Stones, Rombalds Moor:

Notes for next time
  • Try sunrise
  • Bring a long lens for wildlife in the local area

¹ Doubler Stones http://www.stone-circles.org.uk/stone/doublerstones.htm [accessed 27 May 2018]

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