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Brimham Rocks

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About Brimham Rocks

Brimham Rocks is a site located in Ripon in North Yorkshire, England. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Nidderdale Area, the site is known for its extraordinary geological rocks which formed over 325 million years ago.

Today, it is a popular outdoor walking spot for locals and tourists alike and is cared for by the National Trust.

History of Brimham Rocks

Brimham Rocks covers an area of around 184 hectares. The rocks have been eroded by weathering and water which have resulted in incredible shapes and forms.

The rock formations are so unusual that in the 18th and 19th centuries, antiquarians such as Major Hayman Rooke speculated that they might have even been partly carved by Druids. In this way, over the past 200 years, certain stones have had whimsical names such as Druid’s Idol, Druid’s Altar and Druid’s Writing Desk.

Brimham Rocks today

Today, the Brimham Rocks area is cared for by the National Trust who also offer a schedule of activities. Families, climbers, walkers and those who simply enjoy the outdoors can enjoy the rocks against the beauty of the heather moorland which offers panoramic views across the Vale of York and Nidderdale.

The rocks can be incorporated into a striking 8 mile walk from Pateley Bridge along the Nidderdale way, and back via the peaceful banks of the River Nidd. Tours and other activities supported by the National Trust are also frequent.

Getting to Brimham Rocks

Brimham Rocks are free to explore. However, for non National Trust members, the car park costs £6 for 4 hours or £9 for all day parking. It is dog friendly, and there are endless picnic sites to enjoy. The closest train station is Harrogate, from where you can take a taxi or bus to the site.

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