Aim high at Brimham Rocks

brimham rocks
North yorkshire

Brimham Rocks is a great spot for climbing, hiking, rambling or just lounging around with a nice picnic.

The incredible formations have been sculpted over the millennia by ice, wind and rain – and the area has been designated an area of outstanding beauty.

Managed by the National Trust, Brimham Rocks is a great day out whether you’re with friends or a young family.

There’s rock climbing, abseiling and bouldering on offer for all levels, as well as ‘weaseling’ for kids: scrambling through tight spaces, around twisty passages and discovering the rocks’ nooks and crannies.

Courses are offered by the good folk over at The Harrogate Climbing Centre.

It’s also a great spot for ramblers – and the Nidderdale Way, a 53-mile circular walk in the Yorkshire Dales passes through the site.

Brimham Rocks welcomes cyclists, making a great stop for coffee and cake, and there’s even a Brimham Rocks Photography Society – a group of amateur snappers who get together for shoots.

Open 365 days a year, it’s offers breathtaking views over North Yorkshire – on a clear day, you can even see as far as York Minster.

What our editor says:

Brimham Rocks is one of my favourite days out in Yorkshire. We love visiting with the kids when the weather is warm for a fab day, scrambling over rocks, picking bilberries (see below) and generally just lounging about in the sun. It’s free entry – though you have to pay for parking (National Trust members park free).
We normally take a picnic, but there’s a shop on the site that sells a decent range of sarnies if you can’t be bothered to make your own.

Best for:

Pretty much everyone from adrenalin junkies to families wanting a great day out.

top tip:

Brimham Rocks has some of the best bilberry picking in the UK. Bilberries are the British, smaller and wilder version of the blueberry and you can pick to your heart’s content in July and August.


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