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Brimham Rocks, Harrogate

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Stretch your legs with a walk around 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. Add Brimham Rocks and other attractions to your Harrogate trip itinerary using our Harrogate itinerary planner.
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  • I came here many years ago, could not remember where they were or what they were called, so was delighted to find them with my wife. The rock formations are amazing and the view is spectacular, and we...  more »
  • This is a site owned by the National Trust. It has views over Nidderdale and beyond allowing views of 40 miles on a clear day. The rock formations have evolved over time and have characteristic names ...  more »
  • I love this place, we used to visit as kids, and now I take my daughter. There's plenty of parking which isn't too expensive if you're staying for the day. There is a small shop, but if it's a good da...  more »