Walking at Brimham Rocks

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

Activities

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.

Walking

Download these mobile friendly and fully illustrated PDFs with GPS hot-links to Google Maps, or scroll down for their web pages.

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 .

 

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Brimham Boundary Walk

Brimham Boundary Walk

This walk takes you around much of the boundary of Brimham Rocks with beautiful panoramic views.

Download a fully illustrated printable and mobile friendly version Brimham Boundary Walk (PDF / 1.5MB) download

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.

Download a fully illustrated printable and mobile friendly version Farmland, wide open skies and birds of prey (PDF / 1.1MB) download

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.

Download a printable and mobile friendly version Circular walk of the rocks (PDF / 1.1MB) download

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.

Download a fully illustrated printable and mobile friendly version Pastures and Panoramas Walk (PDF / 2.1MB) download

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.

Download a fully illustrated printable and mobile friendly version Moorlands and Meadows Walk (PDF / 1MB) download

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.

Download a fully illustrated printable and mobile friendly version Monks Footsteps Walk (PDF / 2MB) download  

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.)

Download a fully illustrated printable and mobile friendly version Pateley Bridge Circular Walk (PDF / 2MB) download  

 

Woodlands and Waterfalls Walk from Brimham Rocks

Woodlands and Waterfalls - following Fell Beck to the River Nidd

Follow Fell Beck downstream through woodland to the River Nidd, returning to Brimham Rocks past pastures and meadows.

Download a fully illustrated printable and mobile friendly version Woodlands and Waterfalls Walk (PDF / 1.9MB) download