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Brimham Rocks (North Yorkshire)
Member Name: col11
Brimham Rocks (North Yorkshire)
Advantages: Good day out
I am very lucky to have the North Yorkshire moors less then a couple of hours drive from home, on a nice summer weekend we sometimes jump in the car and head off to
Brimham rocks in nidderdale North Yorkshire, it's an area of strange and fantastic rock formations, set within 400 acres of national trust moorlands it's an ideal place for a family day out or even for the more serious ramblers.
A walk in the park
Pulling into the car park there is not much evidence of the fascinating rock formations promised, it's just a car park in the middle of a wooded area but it's quite busy, people walking there dogs, families with young children and hikers with back packs and climbing equipment, all making their way past the ice-cream kiosk to a break in the trees were a path climbs slowly up through the woods, within a couple of minuets walking along the path you start to see some large rocks, not that impressive really but the children seem to love them as they climb all over laughing and shouting, all this activity doesn't seem to be bothering the wildlife to much as the rabbits go about there daily business, and the birds perch on the seemingly impossible to reach rock summits, there seems to be a pathway shooting off to another rock formation every 100 yards or so now, some rocks covered in kids and grown up kids, some with people stood looking puzzled at how to get started on the more tricky looking rocks, and now i can see why the backpackers had climbing gear with them, after climbing several rock formations myself and giving up on a few difficult ones we head for the buildings up ahead, these include toilets and a small gift shop, in front of the building there is a viewing area and an information point with a map showing the names of some of the larger rock formations such as The Dancing Bear, The Sphinx and The Anvil, all named after the shapes these formations resemble, from here the choice is yours you can find a nice spot and have a picnic or carry on beyond the building were the pathways fade and the ground gets a bit rough, some of the rocks round this way are more like giant cliff edges, and you can suddenly find yourself on the edge of a huge drop so keep your eye on the kids around this area, you could spend half a day walking up to the shop and back looking at the main formations, or make a day off it, have a picnic and explore a bit further afield, there is more then 40 acres of National trust land to explore!
What ever you decide you will really enjoy your time here, these strange rock formations look like they are from a different world, balanced on top of each other looking ready to fall at any time.
A bit of history (extract from Brimham rock website)
320 million years ago, a huge river washed down grit and sand from granite mountains in northern Scotland and Norway. A delta formed, covering half of Yorkshire. Increasing layers of grit and sand, along with rock crystals of feldspar and quartz, built up to form the tough sandstone known as Millstone Grit, the exposed sections of which can be seen today at Brimham Rocks.
Fantastic rock formations! good car parking, solid pathways in main area, shop/hot drinks available, breathtaking views,varied wildlife, picnic area's, suitable for all ages.
Not so good
Car park can get full, can get busy, some easy to climb but very high rocks so watch the kids! can be difficult to find the place!
Brimham Rocks, Summerbridge,Harrogate,HG3 4DW.
Brimham Rocks is located 4 miles east of Pateley Bridge of the B6265,
10 miles north west of Harrogate of the B6165,
10 miles south east of Ripon.
Admission free (but pay to park)
Attraction: 8am till dusk all year
Kiosk/shop: all summer weekends & some week day.
Parking (pay & display). £4 up to 4hrs, £5 over 4hrs; motorcycles free, pay machine only takes coins so take some with you.
Ordnance survey reference: 99:SE206650
Some useful links
Please take a look at the pictures on these link to see the fantastic rock formations:
Summary: Highly recomended
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