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 / 54.0767, -1.6828) Brimham Rocks to Riva Hill (1.7 km / 1.1 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 75m - 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 onto a farm track. Straight on for about 250 m to a junction where the paved track turns left and another track forks to the right.

Moorlands and Medows Brimham - Section 1


Section 2 (SE 2222 6411 / 54.0725, -1.6619) Riva Hill to Warsill Parish Hall (3.0 km / 1.9 miles) Fork right through the gate and follow the track for 1 km until you reach a road. Turn left at the road 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 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 and on up to the road.

Moorlands and Meadows Brimham - Section 2


Section 3 (SE 2263 6446 / 54.0756, -1.6556) Warsill Parish Hall to Brimham Rocks Road (2.1 km / 1.3 miles) Turn left on the road, and continue straight on and up a rising concrete paved farm track. Bear right on the track at the top, then straight on through a small gate where the track bears right to the farm. After some 200 paces cross a stile at the Brimham Rocks site boundary, then in another 10 paces or so take the path to the right slightly downhill. When you reach a wall 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. You can now see Brimham Rocks ahead, and in another 400m or so you’ll reach Brimham Rocks Road which runs right through the property.

Moorlands and Meadows Brimham - Section 3


Section 4 (SE 2138 6502 / 54.0806, -1.6746) Brimham Rocks Road to Brimham Rocks (0.8 km / 0.4 miles) Turn left at Brimham Rocks Road, and 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 to the car park. The refreshment kiosk, toilets and visitor centre are then straight up the main track, or meander amongst the rocks.

Moorlands and Meadows Brimham - Section 4


Brimham Rocks Visitor Centre

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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 £9, minibus £12, coach £18
  • Shop, visitor centre and refreshment kiosk (check opening times)
  • Toilets 600yd (550m) from the car park
  • Cycle racks
  • Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on leads where cattle and sheep are grazing.