Brimham Rocks, Harrogate

4.7
#2 of 61 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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  • These rocks are so different from almost everything else and the more you look at them, and there are many different shapes and sizes, the more you are intrigued and surprised by the huge natural ston...  more »
  • Make sure you get a free guide from the National Trust shop so that you can find all the various rock formations and their names!!!  more »
  • My wife and I decided to visit the rocks as they were near to Harrogate where we were staying. Good car park. The rock formations are incredible. As we were early in the year the cafe and shop were cl...  more »
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