Brimham Rocks, Harrogate

4.7
#2 of 62 in Nature in Yorkshire
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. Take a look at our Harrogate trip planner to schedule your visit to Brimham Rocks and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Visited on Sunday 20/8/17. A special treat for my son who is at uni doing geology. Lots of things to see and great for exploring. We got there early and it was practically empty. After dinner though, ...  more »
  • Brimham rocks is a good example of somewhere that is a victim of it's own popularity. It is quite out of the way so car is the only way to realistically get there (maybe bike if you're adventurous.) I...  more »
  • First visit in what must be about 20 years and what a disappointment. Previously you'd arrive, pay a gentleman at the gate £1 to park then be able to walk through the rocks and enjoy the views and the...  more »

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