Norland Moor in West Yorkshire is an example of heather moorland rising to 932 feet. There is evidence of ancient use with a small number of standing stones, ditches and banks having been identified. The Ladston has been linked with Druids as a possible place of ritual sacrifice. The moor bears the scars of quarrying carried out chiefly in the 18th and 19th centuries on its north-western edge. The moor has been a place of recreation for generations but it has attracted illegal gambling dens and prize fights.
Norland Moor is held high in the affections of the local population. Indeed, the wide variety of different user groups that embrace its sense of open space, views and peace. Although widely considered as a natural and wild place, Norland Moor is a product of thousands of years of human influence. Furthermore, it offers a home to a variety of specialist plants and animals.