Fell Beck & Brimham Rocks Walk

The Route

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Start Point: Brimham Rocks Car Park, Brimham Moor Road, Harrogate, HG3 4DW

Finish Point: Same as start point (circular walk)

Distance: Approximately 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometres)

Walk Description

Starting Point: Brimham Rocks Car Park, Brimham Moor Road, Harrogate, HG3 4DW

Key Highlights:

  • Brimham Rocks: Explore fascinating rock formations including Idol Rock, the Dancing Bear, and the Druids Writing Desk, shaped by millions of years of natural erosion.
  • Fell Beck: A picturesque beck running through the area, offering a tranquil setting amid the rugged rocks.
  • Scenic Views: Sweeping views across Nidderdale's pastures and meadows, providing a stunning backdrop for the walk.

End Point: Brimham Rocks Car Park

Practical Information

Distance: Approximately 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometres)

Difficulty: Easy – suitable for all ages and abilities, though some sections have uneven and rocky terrain.

Terrain: Mixed terrain with well-trodden paths, rocky sections, and some slight inclines. The path can be uneven, so sturdy footwear is recommended.


  • By Car: Parking is available at Brimham Rocks Car Park. National Trust members park for free.
  • Public Transport: Bus services are available from Harrogate to Pateley Bridge, passing Summerbridge. From there, it's a 1.5-mile walk to Brimham Rocks.

Tips for Walkers

Footwear: Sturdy walking boots with good grip are recommended due to uneven and rocky paths.

Supplies: Bring water and snacks. There is a visitor center with a kiosk selling drinks and light snacks.

Navigation: The route is well-signposted, but carrying a map (OS Explorer 298) or a GPS device can be helpful for added assurance.

The Fell Beck & Brimham Rocks walk offers an engaging 2.8-mile loop around the iconic rock formations of Brimham Rocks.

Starting from the car park, this easy trail takes you through a landscape sculpted by natural forces, featuring unique rock shapes and stunning views across Nidderdale.

This walk is perfect for families and anyone looking to explore one of Yorkshire's geological wonders.

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