Moorland and meadows walk at Brimham Rocks

Walking trail

Take a ramble through moorland and meadows, taking in surrounding countryside adjacent to Brimham Rocks.

You can see for miles on a summers day at Brimham Rocks

See the magnificent long distance views, and if you pick a sunny, clear day you may even see York Minster. Stumble upon fantastic pondlife, tree stumps of all shapes and sizes, cotton growing wild and waist-high bracken in the Yorkshire dales.

Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire


Moorland and Meadows Brimham web map


Brimham Rocks car park, grid ref SE206650


Section 1 (SE 2085 6458 / 54.0766, -1.6827) Brimham Rocks to Riva Hill Farm (1.5 km / 0.9 miles) From the Brimham Rocks car park, go 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 75 m - 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 immediately the left fork to continue to the road. Cross the road and take the footpath signposted Nidderdale Way. Follow this path for about 1 km to a stile at the boundary of Brimham Rocks. Over the stile and continue straight on, then through a gate passing the track to Riva Hill Farm on the left. About 30 paces further on look out for a rusty brown gate on the right.

Moorlands and Medows Brimham - Section 1


Section 2 (SE 2202 6418 / 54.0731, -1.6649 ) Riva Hill Farm to Shepherd’s Lodge Farm (0.9 km / 0.5 miles) Go through the gate, heading upwards through ferns—bear left at the gate—until you reach the elderflower tree on the crest of the hill. After admiring the view, head for the green barns you can see pretty much straight on by skirting to the left of the gorse patch and towards the corner of the field. You will reach a stone wall with a stile; go over this and then over two wooden stiles into the pasture. Follow the path through it staying beside the fence on your right to reach a stile straight ahead. Cross over the stile to the concrete path and left towards. Shortly before reaching the barn look for the path on your left through the fields towards the gate and stile you can see. Go over the stile and follow the path across the field beside the hedgerow on your left. Head for the stile in the top corner of the field.

Moorlands and Meadows Brimham - Section 2


Section 3 (SE 2237 6362 / 54.0681 -1.6596) Shepherd’s Hill Farm to Warsill Parish Hall (2.4 km / 1.5 miles) Cross the stile and turn right along the bridleway (Nidderdale Way). Continue until you reach the road. Turn left then immediately left again on to the farm track signposted Public Bridle-way / Nidderdale Way / Shaw Mills. Follow the track through Brimham Lodge Farm, then through a wooded area and continuing straight on uphill signposted Park House / Warsill. After passing Park House Farm continue up the slope and just before the brow of the hill take the footpath on the right through a gate. Follow the footpath, passing first some small lakes on your right and then a couple of hundred metres or so further on past houses on your left. After another 100 m and immediately after a landscaped lake on your left, take the left fork Public Bridleway between some houses up to the road at Warsill Parish Hall.

Moorlands and Meadows Brimham - Section 3


Section 4 (SE 2262 6445 / 54.0755, -1.6557) Warsill Parish Hall to Brimham Rocks visitor centre (2.3 km / 1.4 miles) Turn left on the road, and shortly after entering a wooded area and crossing the beck on to the concrete track, take the path to the right and follow it for about 200 paces until you reach a stream. Cross the stream via stepping stones (with care). There is now a steady climb onwards and upwards until you reach a wooden gate which leads you into a meadow. Take the path straight ahead through the meadow, following the tree line on your left to a wooden gate leading to the drive of the house on the left. Follow the drive as it bends left and over a cattle grid, then further on you’ll cross another cat-tle grid at the National Trust boundary. Continue to the road and turn left. After about 150 paces along the road - opposite to a rough lay-by - look for a path on the right leading up through the bracken. Follow whichever paths you like the look of and bearing slightly left as you go, you’ll soon see the main cluster of rock for-mations ahead. The visitor centre and refreshment kiosk are at the highest point and so will be easy to find.

Moorlands and Meadows Brimham - Section 4


Brimham Rocks Visitor Centre

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Moorland and meadows walk at Brimham Rocks


The route is a mix of grassy paths, uneven gravel tracks and a short section of tarmac driveway. Some paths can get muddy during prolonged wet weather and a small stream has to be crossed. The route is unsuitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Dogs are most welcome under close supervision.

Moorland and meadows walk at Brimham Rocks

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Moorland and meadows walk at Brimham Rocks

How to get here

Brimham Rocks, Summerbridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 4DW
By road

10 miles (16km) south-west of Ripon, off B6265. 11 miles (17.8km) north-west of Harrogate, off B6165, 4 miles (6.5km) from Pateley Bridge.

Parking free for National Trust members. non-members £5 up to 4 hours, £6 all day.

By foot

On the Nidderdale Way.

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).

By bicycle

Sustrans Way of the Roses passes the main entrance.

Moorland and meadows walk at Brimham Rocks

Facilities and access

  • Parking National Trust members free, non-members 4 hours £6, daily £8, minibus £10, coach £15
  • Shop, visitor centre and refreshment kiosk (check opening times)
  • Toilets 600yd (550m) from the car park
  • Cycle racks
  • Dogs are most welcome under close supervision