Walking at Brimham Rocks

Walking at brimham Rocks with dogs, North Yorkshire

Walks and activities at Brimham Rocks and the surrounding Nidderdale countryside - an area of outstanding natural beauty.

If you're taking part in any of the recommended walks, please park at the main Brimham Rocks car parks. Parking on the roads or private tracks obstructs farmers access to their land and prevents emergency services reaching the site.

Plan and navigate your own walk - footpaths and tracks are being reviewed for ease of following to help you plan your own walk with confidence. Designed for use on a mobile device, the maps include location links to Google Maps to help you check your bearings. Walk planning guide (PDF / 1.9MB) download .

GeoSpotting - Use your smartphone / tablet or a GPS device to track down some named rock formations and views. You’ll find the PDF download on our Things to see and do page.


Orienteering - Have a go at orienteering at Brimham Rocks. Our permanent course is available all year round, whatever the weather. This course is perfect for beginners, families, dog-walkers and school groups. Download your map here (PDF / 0.3MB) download  or pick one up from the visitor centre shop together with a compass to help you find your way.


Geology - Are you interested in learning about the rocks and how they came to be? Try our Step into Brimham (PDF / 2.2MB) download  walk to learn more about the geology.


Spot the rocks - If you are fascinated by the shapes and forms of the rocks try out this Spot the Rocks (PDF / 0.6MB) download   walk at Brimham Rocks. This is particularly good for keeping the attention of the younger members of the family.


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Brimham Panorama

Brimham Boundary Walk

This walk takes you around much of the boundary of Brimham Rocks with beautiful panoramic views. November 2019 update: We've recently been informed that parts of this walk are impassable due to recent rainfall.

Fields and Fell Beck Walk from Brimham Rocks

Fields and Fell Beck walk from Brimham

A short walk down to Fell Beck with beautiful views across Nidderdale pastures and meadows.

Red Kite

Farmland, wide open skies and birds of prey

A gentle walk past farms, meadows and pastures with wide open spaces, big skies and a good chance of seeing Red Kites, Buzzards and Kestrels.

Strangely shaped rocks at Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire

Circular walk at Brimham Rocks

This short walk will show you the highlights of Brimham from the amazing rock formations to the fantastic heather moorland.

Pastures and Panoramas Walk

Pastures and panoramas walk at Brimham Rocks

This walk takes you through pastures in Nidderdale with beautiful panoramic views across the dale and beyond. You might see flashes of blue as kingfisher fly past and brown trout in the river as you walk along the river path. November 2019 update: We've recently been informed that parts of this walk are impassable due to recent rainfall.

Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire

Moorland and meadows walk at Brimham Rocks

Enjoy the magnificent long distance views as you walk through moorland and meadows near Brimham Rocks, where you can see for miles on a clear day. November 2019 update: We've recently been informed that parts of this walk are impassable due to recent rainfall.

The Monk's Footsteps in Autumn

In the Footsteps of Monks

Walk in the monks' footsteps from Brimham Rocks to Fountains Abbey, following the ancient trail. There are excellent views from Riva Hill to Brimham Rocks.

Viewpoint over Nidderdale from Panorama Way

Brimham Rocks to Pateley Bridge circular walk or walk & ride

This walk takes you by the river Nidd to Pateley Bridge, returning via the Nidderdale Way. You can also walk to Pateley Bridge and then take a bus back to Summerbridge. (Check bus timetables first.)