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Stacked rock formation at Brimham Rocks, with blue sky above
Rock formations at Brimham Rocks | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Circular walk at Brimham Rocks

This short circular walk will show you the highlights of Brimham from the dramatic rock formations, to the heather moorland.

Rough terrain

Not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs due to rough footpaths. Sturdy footwear is advisable.

Total steps: 6

Total steps: 6

Start point

Brimham Rocks car park, grid ref: SE206650

Step 1

Take the sloping all-weather path behind the notice board out of the car park. Follow the all-weather path through the rocks passing Surprise View, with views up Nidderdale.

Step 2

You will pass the famous oak tree growing out of a rock. The all-weather path then meets the track to Brimham House directly in front of you, with the kiosk and toilet block to your right. At this point it is worth a slight detour up the steps near Brimham House to the view point.

Step 3

Turn left and follow the tarmac road up a slight incline, then take the left fork by a large rock through the staff car park. Directly in front of you is the Dancing Bear (Begging Dog).

Step 4

Follow the track past the Dancing Bear and after about 110yd (100m) you will glimpse the Druids Writing Desk, now often called ET and, further along, the Druids Idol (Idol Rock), which is probably the most famous rock at Brimham. Keep going past the Idol Rock and on your left-hand side are views over Dallowgill Moor (beware of steep drops).

Step 5

After about 110yd (100m) the track turns sharply to the right giving views of Mushroom Rock in the distance, and an expanse of moorland. Keeping the moorland on your left-hand side and the rocks on your right follow the path past the rocks on the right, towards Middle Crag, the large body of rocks in the distance.

Step 6

At the habitat pile turn right towards a lone rock called the Gorilla. Just past this rock the path turns back on itself to the left following a small valley, keeping Middle Crags on your left hand side. Follow this path for approximately 440yd (400m), until it enters the main car park.

End point

Brimham Rocks car park, grid ref: SE206650

Trail map

Map route for circular walk at Brimham Rocks
Map route for circular walk at Brimham Rocks | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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