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 50m - 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 straight over the road to the footpath opposite. Follow the path for about 1 km to a stile at the boundary of Brimham Rocks. Over the stile and continue straight on for another 200m or so, then through a gate to a farm track. Continue straight ahead for about 30 paces to a rusty brown gate on your 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) Through the gate and follow the track to the top of the hill and the edge of a field. Looking forward you can just see some green barns on the left hand side of the trees in the field. Head for the barns by skirting around to the left of the large gorse patch to reach the right hand corner of the field. At the corner climb over a stone wall stile and then immediately over two wooden stiles into the pasture on the left of the fence. Continue through the pasture just beside the fence on your right to reach a stile straight ahead. Over this stile noting the direction slightly left across the field shown by the footpath arrow, then between two trees look for steps over a wall. Over the wall and follow the path across the field beside the hedgerow on your left to the stile in the top left 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. Continue until you reach the road. Turn left then immediately left again on to the farm track signposted Public Bridleway / Nidderdale Way / Shaw Mills. Follow the track through Brimham Lodge Farm, then through a wooded area and continuing straight on - signposted Park House / Warsill. After passing Park House Farm on your left continue up the slope, and just before the farm gate ahead take the bridleway on the right. Follow the bridleway, passing some small lakes on your right and then a couple of hundred metres or so further on past a farm on your left. After another 100 m and immediately after a landscaped lake on your left, take the footpath on the left 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 50m after entering a wooded area and crossing a beck on to a concrete track, take the path to the right and follow it for about 200 paces until you reach the beck. Cross the beck via the stepping stones (with care). There is now a steady climb onward 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 cattle grid at the National Trust boundary. Continue to the road and turn left. After about 150 paces along the road, on your right and opposite to a rough lay-by, there’s a path into the bracken which by taking and heading slightly left will take you towards the refreshment kiosk, toilets and visitor centre near the highest point on the site, which you’ll see as you proceed upwards. OR - if you prefer, you can continue on the road to the Brimham Rocks site entrance.

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 welcome, but must be kept on leads where cattle and sheep are grazing.

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