Brimham Boundary Walk

Walking trail

Brimham Boundary Walk is a circular walk that starts from Brimham Car Park.

Brimham Panorama


Brimham Rocks Boundary Walk map, North Yorkshire.


Brimham Rocks car park


(SE 2085 6458 / 54.0766, -1.6827) From the Brimham Rocks car park, down the road you came in on, but before reaching the public road turn right down the track marked Private Road to Druids Cave farm. After about 60m - and just before the track passes between a gap in a wall with a National Trust boundary marker - there’s a footpath to your left. Take this path and then the right fork, and continue keeping the wall just on your right. In about 350m the ground will dip down sharply to a farm track with a gate to your right. Turn left here to the road about 30 paces away.

Step one of Brimham Boundary walk, North Yorkshire.


(SE 2082 6404 / 54.0719, -1.6832) Across the road a little to the left is a large rock, and to the left of that is a footpath. Follow the path for about 125m and continue straight on where another path forks to the left. The track then becomes narrow and rutted in places, watch out that you don’t twist an ankle. About 650m from the road you’ll reach a larger path with a public footpath marker post, turn right here. You are now on the Nidderdale Way. After about 400m you’ll pass through a copse of Silver Birch trees. Emerging from the copse you’ll see a gate, a stile, and the National Trust Boundary marker.

Start of section two on Brimham Boundary walk.


(SE 2177 6425 / 54.07396, -1.66843) About 10m before the gate and stile take the path to the left slightly downhill. When you reach a wall - which is the boundary of the National Trust - in a small copse of Silver Birch, follow the path to the left. In about 25 paces cross the bridge over a spring, then another 15 steps further on the path swings left. Follow the path across a gulley on a duckboard bridge, the path then turns sharp right. Follow the gently rising path through Silver Birches and on to the open heather and bracken moorland. The wall you can see a couple of hundred metres to your right marks the National Trust Brimham Rocks boundary. You can now also see Brimham Rocks ahead, and in another 400m or so you’ll reach the public road that runs right through the property, to your sharp right there’s concrete track marked private.

Step 3 on Brimham Rocks Boundary Walk


(SE 2139 6500 / 54.08067, -1.67459) Take the sharp right concrete track marked private and follow it for about 220m, then on your left take the footpath over a small bridge. Follow the path for about 300m to the road. Turn right on the road and stay on it for about 550m, then where the road turns sharp right take the farm track on your left signposted Private Road and Public Footpath, and a small sign post marked “The Barn”. Stay on the farm track for about 750m to a stile on the left a little before a gate into the farm straight ahead.

Beginning of section 4 on Brimham Boundary Walk, North Yorkshire


(SE 2055 6538 / 54.08387, -1.68748) Climb over the stile and after a few paces you’ll see three paths. One by the wall on your left, another by the wall on your right, but take the middle path leading diagonally up the rising ground towards the Silver Birch wood that can be seen ahead. The path takes you into the wood and climbs in a somewhat zig-zag fashion into the rocks and ferns of Brimham. When you reach a main path turn right. (You are close by the Idol and the Druid’s Writing Desk, both of which are well worth a look.) Keep on the path passing behind the visitor centre on your left. When you reach the road coming down from behind the visitor centre, follow it as it bends sharp left. At a stone gulley which crosses the road just by the corner of the dry stone wall in front of the visitor centre, at a right angle to your right you’ll see a grassy path leading downhill.

Start of section five on Brimham Boundary Walk, North Yorkshire.


(SE 2063 6500 / 54.08054, -1.68616) Take the grassy path, and in about 120 paces shortly after a slight bend to the left, turn sharp right by some small rocks. After another 50 paces or so there are three paths heading downwards. Take the middle path through Silver Birch and Rowan trees to reach a farm track. Turn left along the farm track and in about 550m you’ll reach the Brimham Rocks entrance road which you can follow back to the car park. Finished! Head up to the visitor centre for a refreshing drink and snack.

Beginning of final section of Brimham Boundary Walk, North Yorkshire.


Brimham Rocks car park

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Brimham Boundary Walk


Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Rough footpaths. Sturdy footwear advisable.

Brimham Boundary Walk

How to get here

Brimham Rocks, Harrogate, HG3 4DW. Bottom Car Park.
By road
Off B6165, 11 miles (18km) from Harrogate; off B6265, 4 miles (6.4km) from Pateley Bridge.
Parking free for National Trust members, non-members £5 up to 4 hours, £7 all day.
By bus

Nidderdale Rambler runs Sundays from Harrogate to Brimham Rocks, April to October, plus selected winter Sundays. Other services from Harrogate to Pateley Bridge alight Summerbridge, 2 miles (3.2km).

Brimham Boundary Walk

Facilities and access

  • Parking National Trust members free, non-members 4 hours £6, daily £9, minibus £12, coach £18
  • Shop, visitor centre and refreshment kiosk (check opening times)
  • Toilets
  • Cycle racks
  • Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on leads where cattle and sheep are grazing.