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A wide view across the surrounding countryside from Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire
View from Brimham Rocks | © National Trust Images/John Millar
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Brimham Rocks boundary walk

Enjoy a circular walk around the boundary of Brimham Rocks and discover panoramic views of the Yorkshire countryside. This route passes through woodland, farmland and open moorland, offering a glimpse of the rock formations that give Brimham Rocks their name along the way.

Total steps: 6

Total steps: 6

Start point

Brimham Rocks car park

Step 1

From Brimham Rocks car park, walk down the road you entered along, then turn right down a track marked Private Road to Druids Cave Farm (before the public road). After about 60m, there's a footpath to your left – just before the track passes between a gap in a wall with a National Trust boundary marker. 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 2

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.

Step 3

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 – follow the path to the left. In about 25 paces cross the bridge over a spring, then after another 15 steps 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 onto the open heather and bracken moorland. The wall you can see about 200m to your right marks the National Trust Brimham Rocks boundary. You can now also see Brimham Rocks ahead, and in another 400m, you'll reach the public road that runs right through the property. To your sharp right there's concrete track marked private.

Step 4

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 until you reach a stile on the left a little before a gate into the farm straight ahead.

Step 5

Climb over the stile and after a few paces you'll see three paths. Take the middle path leading diagonally up 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 around a sharp left bend. At a stone gulley which crosses the road, you'll see a grassy path leading downhill.

Step 6

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.

End point

Brimham Rocks car park

Trail map

An Ordnance Survey map outlining a circular route around the boundary of Brimham Rocks, Yorkshire.
Brimham Rocks boundary walk map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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