Brimham Rocks
Brimham Rocks
Brimham Rocks are a peculiar set of rock formations composed of millstone grit which has been shaped by wind and weather over the course of centuries into strange shapes. The rocks have been given such intriguing names as Baboon Rock, the Dancing Bear, and the Duke's Nose.
The rocks are up to 30 feet high and are really quite striking to view up close; the peculiar formations look almost otherworldly and somewhat eerie viewed in the mist.

The Brimham site is part of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and there are wonderful views over the surrounding moorland in fine weather.

The most striking stone is Idol Rock, a 200 ton behemoth which is balanced upon a slender point only 12 inches across. Its hard to see how it is still upright! If you enjoy a scramble amongst rock formations - or if you have children along - you'll love exploring the peculiar shapes.

Getting There

Brimham Rocks are situated in a lonely setting atop Brimham Moor, at a height of 300 metres, near the village of Sawley. There is a National Trust pay and display parking area (free to members), and the site is open from dawn until dusk at no charge. There is a brisk walk uphill to reach the rocks themselves, but the attractive woodland path is quite enjoyable. The path emerges at the summit of the hill overlooking Brimham Moor, with panoramic views to the south and east. There is a visitor centre and toilets near the stones.