Climbing at Brimham Rocks

Climbing at Brimham Rocks, Nidderdale, North Yorkshire

Brimham's varied and dramatic natural landscape makes it the most diverse landscape in Yorkshire for climbing. If you've got the equipment and the enthusiasm, then come and have a go.

We work in partnership with the Harrogate Climbing Centre to provide regular sessions for all ages and abilities. Please check our events page for dates, times and prices.
Climbing on the rocks can be dangerous and requires skill and special equipment. Please be aware of heights and sudden drops and keep children under close supervision.

What types of climbing are available at Brimham?

  • Bouldering: The most accessible and most varied climbing technique, this involves placing a crash pad (or bouldering mat) on the ground below the rock face then exploring the lower part of the rock. Instructors keep an eye on safety and help with equipment such as chalk and tape. Brimham has many ideal locations and interesting rock shapes to try this out.
  • Roped climbing: Here, an instructor sets up a system of ropes to recreate the security of an indoor climbing wall. At Brimham, our taller rock faces overlook the stunning valley of Lower Nidderdale.
  • Weaseling: Ideal for children, this involves scrambling through tight spaces, around twisty passages and discovering all of our rocks' nooks and crannies.
  • Abseiling: This is a fun and spectacular day out. We hold occasional charity abseiling days here at Brimham.
Harrogate Climbing Centre runs courses and days for all ages from seven upwards.