Walking trail

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


Map route for moorland and meadows walk at Brimham Rocks


Brimham Rocks car park, grid ref SE206650


Leave car park via main entrance. At entrance turn right along private road, sign posted Druids Cave Farm. After 100yd (90m) turn left. Follow grassy pathway to the main road. Cross over the road and follow public footpath signposted to Riva Hill. As you approach the National Trust boundary cross over the stile and follow the path passing Rivia Hill House farm on left. Go through gate, walk 30yd (27m) to rusty gate on right-hand side.


Go through the gate, heading upwards through ferns until you reach the elderflower tree on the crest of the hill. Take a moment to admire the 180 degree vista, south (you can see Menwith Hill, Knabbs Head wind farm and Harrogate town). Follow the path towards the left but heading for the green barns. (Watch out for any livestock in the field - as an alternative route, you can re-trace your steps down the hill and take the bridleway along the Nidderdale Way, rejoining the trail at step 4). You will reach a stone wall with a stile; go over this and through the wooded area and exit almost immediately, going over two wooden stiles into the meadow and follow the path, having the fence on your right.


Cross over stile on to a concrete path and continue to the barn. Turn left at the barn following path through the fields towards the gate and stile ahead. Go over stile following the well trodden path across field keeping the hedgerow on your left. Head for the corner of the field. Cross the wooden stile and turn right along the bridleway (Nidderdale Way). Distant views to the left, on a clear day will provide views of the White Horse and Power Stations. Continue until you reach the road.


Turn left following the Nidderdale Way, signposted Shaw Mills. Meadows on either side. At the end of the track turn left, continue along Nidderdale Way through farmyard passing between two barns. Take the track down the hill, which passes through an avenue of trees. Leave the Nidderdale Way and head towards Park House Warsil Pass through farmstead.

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After about 200yd (180m), take the gate on the right-hand side through a meadow going through the gate at the other side. To the right you will see ponds in the meadow. Follow the slim path to the metal gate. Pass through this and another. Beckside Farm on left-hand side. Continue on cinder track bearing right at the end on to farm driveway. Bear left following the blue waymarker arrow upwards towards houses, passing between them until you reach the bridleway.

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Turn left along this until you reach the cattle grid, crossing this grid and stream. Head up the concrete drive. Turn right through woodland and follow the path for about 300yd (270m) 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. Follow the footpath on the left side.

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Bear left through a wooden gate passing through Summer Wood House along its driveway and over the cattle grid. Cross another cattle grid which at the same time passes over the National Trust boundary. Continue up the drive to the main road.

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Cross over the main road on to the National Trust moorland. Bracken clad paths lead towards rocky outcrops beyond. Continue on through to top. Take path to right. The path then meanders this way and that across the heather and bracken moor passing rocky outcrops.

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Head towards the very large rocks and bear left along ridge. Head right from moor towards large outcrop of rocks then bearing left then right. Beware of cliff edges and follow the undulating path taking in the magnificent views over Nidderdale stop and be amazed by Idol Rock.


You will approach a wooded area and emerge to redeem Brimham Rocks in all its wonderful splendour. You can now return down one of the many paths that meander through the rock formations to the car park at your leisure.


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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