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Brimham Rocks and Brimham Moor is a 2.8 mile loop trail located near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching.

Length 2.8 mi Elevation gain 488 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Walking Bird watching Running Views
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Getting There

A circular walk from the National Trust site of Brimham Rocks in North Yorkshire, within the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Brimham Rocks is a natural spectacle of giant rock formations, sculpted by 320 million years of ice, wind and continental shifts. The resulting formations come in all sorts of weird and wonderful shapes and, with a little imagination, they resemble familiar objects and animals. Along this trail you will have chance to see the Dancing Bear, the Turtle, the Mushroom, the Writing Desk and the Sphinx. The main visitor area at the heart of the rocks is understandably popular, but our walking route soon strikes out into the surrounding heather moorland where you will find yourself away from the crowds and enjoying stunning far-reaching views. The walk includes a few gradients throughout. If follows a mixture of stone tracks, rocky paths plus very narrow paths through heather moorland. Some stretches can be muddy, and you will need to negotiate several steps and boardwalk bridges (but there are no stiles). Dogs are welcome throughout the walk and you will not be sharing any of the paths with livestock. The site is typically open every day from 8am to dusk. Allow 2 hours.

Brimham Rocks is located on Brimham Rocks Road, near Summerbridge. The site is accessed off the B6165, 11 miles from Harrogate, and is marked with brown tourism signs. The walk starts from the pay and display car park at Brimham Rocks. The car park is free for National Trust members, or costs £6 for 4 hours for non-members (as of Summer 2018). The car park fills up quickly during weekends and holidays, so arrive early during these peak times. Approximate post code HG3 4DW.

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Jonathan Barraclough
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Walking

A great trek which is not hard. The Rocks are a great site but as some report very busy. Push on beyond the shop and you have an interesting trail mostly to yourself. Mud is a feature but when we went, early August, it was not a bog which it can be even though it rained the day before. A beautiful area and views to green fields beyond. Even in 2020 the information point, manned roughly 10:00- 15:00, accept card payments so you would not need coins. Please do not skimp by avoiding the parking fee by using a lay-by aka passing place or the entrance to a field. It’s not right and the road and farm vehicle size mean that you could easily block a road or lose a mirror. Very much worth a visit.

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Hannah Hannah
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Hiking

First part is packed with kids/families/people just seeing the rocks. Once you get through that, past the visitors centre, it’s really peaceful. We extended the walk too and did a loop around the monks wall making it 5.5 miles.

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Richard Lemm
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Excellent walk. Spend a few hours exploring the rocks, take a picnic, then take the walk. Views as far as the eye can see. Plenty of heather and moorland. Not much wildlife on our walk today still the family really enjoyed. The path is narrow and rugged and runs alongside a overflowing stream and is extremely boggy for .5k Worth it for the walk and views.

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Rach wadworth
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Great little walk. I parked in a parking layby at waypoint 9 and did the walk in reverse which worked absolutely fine. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area. As it was quiet and out of season for the ground nesting birds I let the dog off the lead for the most part, but would have kept him on for the entire walk had I gone a month later.

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Patrick samuel
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WalkingMuddy

This is definitely a walk worth doing if you have a couple of hours spare. There are some great rock formations with boulders perched on each other. The dog enjoyed the walk as well. This time of year though some of the well worn paths are muddy, so some good boots needed. If you don't want to pay £6 for parking there are lay byes not too far away

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Sam O'Brien
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HikingMuddy

This is a great walk, can be muddy in places so definitely waterproof shoes recommended, great walk with dog but will need to stay on lead as we saw lots of birds and deer! Better walk than I could have imagined will be coming again! —you will need £6 in change for car park

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andy murphy
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Sarah Hamann
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Hiking

The trail was just beautiful! It was easy terrain awesome rock formations and just amazing views. The trail was easy to spot and there were several side paths to the rock formations off path. I would recommend this for all ages.

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Ching Liu
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Hiking

Although the supplied trail is only 2.8 miles, you can easily double that or more by walking around the area. It's a fabulous place for the family and for dog walking (on lead). Best get there early as it gets really busy by lunch time.

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Catherine Turner
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Great directions and interesting info to go with it. Love the GPS map too.

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Clare Mead
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Lovely mix of stunning rocks and quiet walking on springy moorland paths. Brilliant directions.

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Emily Buckley
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Roddy Martin
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Francisco Martin
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Michael Daly
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Carol Fulton
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Jack Davies
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Simon Otis
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Andy Cocking
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Danyal Qureshi
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Alice Carpenter
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Stephen Hopkins
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Andy Dye
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Daiane Rabelo
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