National Trust Brimham Rocks, Harrogate

#2 of 78 in Nature in Yorkshire
Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
Stretch your legs with a walk around National Trust Brimham Rocks, featuring some of the most dramatic natural formations in the United Kingdom. These balancing rocks, many of which reach a height of 30 m (98 ft), are part of the protected Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Caused by the erosion of the Millstone Grit sandstone over a period of 300 million years, the almost impossible shapes were once thought to have been carved by the druids. Many formations have been named, though imagination is required and the correct viewing angle is helpful. See if you can spot the Sphinx, the Turtle, or the Dancing Bear. Rock climbing is recommended for very experienced climbers only, with guided walks for casual visitors available all year long. Take a look at our Harrogate trip planner to schedule your visit to National Trust Brimham Rocks and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • There is absolutely no place like Brimham Rocks! Any description cannot do it justice - it offers the most amazing walk around unworldly rock formations. The walk can be either short (on a well...  more »
  • Enjoyed a few hours wandering here on a cold but sunny day. Fairly busy place run by the National Trust. Would possibly be too busy in the height of summer, but easy to social distance in December...  more »
  • Brimham rocks is like a huge natural playground. The hug rock structures are great fun for climbing around and there are loads of little areas to explore. The main paths are fine for a pushchair or wheelchair. You will need good shoes on if you would like to climb the rocks and will need to take care. That said, there are plenty of rocks that are easily climbed by all. There is a small refreshments kiosk serving food and drinks as well as a nice little shop and information centre. There are plenty of walks around the site, some accessible, others need a bit more clambering and better shoes. The rocks and views are wonderful to see here and its a beautiful place on a nice day. There are toilets at both ends of the park and plenty of bins around.
  • The scenery here is absolutely stunning. From the top of the rocks you can see for absolutely miles! The park is fabulous to bring the family. Older kids can climb up the rocks without supervision. Younger ones will need to be supervised though! Plenty of space for parking and having a picnic. There is a good kiosk for drinks and snacks too.
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