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Exploring Brimham Rocks in the Yorkshire sunshine!

- 2 October 2019 -

Brimham Rocks is just 45 minutes from Coxwold Cottages and is an awe-inspiring place to visit. This amazing natural landscape, formed over millions of years, is actually the remains of a river system – lifted up when the Pennines were formed and then eroded further during the last ice age to leave dramatic shapes exposed. As the last of the giant ice age glaciers melted they left ripples and waves on the rocks, creating sculpted looking forms. Since then, rain and wind have further eroded the strange rock formations we can marvel at today.

And, as today was a beautiful and sunny Yorkshire day, we set off after breakfast from Coxwold to explore Brimham Rocks in another part of our wonderful North Yorkshire. Whether you’re staying in our luxury holiday cottage or shepherd’s hut because you are a walker, a climber, a nature lover, an artist, a photographer or simply someone who enjoys the great outdoors, there’s plenty to explore at Brimham Rocks. Walking around can be an easy stroll via well maintained footpaths or you can really get off the beaten track if you want.

Many of the rock outcrops reach over 30 meters into the sky, and the protected Brimham Rock area covers more than 400 acres. The most unusual formations have been named, though imagination is required and the correct viewing angle is helpful! Examples include the Blacksmith’s Anvil, Druid’s Writing Desk and Dancing Bear. I must admit that I quite enjoyed making up my own names for some of the formations!

From the spectacular rocks to the panoramic views, Brimham Rocks has enchanted visitors for hundreds of years with its unique and magical atmosphere. In the mid-eighteenth century some declared that the rocks had been made by druids. Myths and legends such as this made Brimham Rocks a popular destination for Victorians, particularly with the arrival of the railways. Refreshments were available from Brimham House which had been built by Lord Grantley in 1792 for the ‘accommodation of strangers’. Various other buildings came and went through the twentieth century until the National Trust took over in 1970.

Brimham Rocks is just 45 minutes away from Coxwold Cottages via Ripon on the A168 and B6265. Why not pop into another National Trust’s site which you will pass on your way to and from Brimham Rocks – the magnificent Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal – the subject of a future blog I am sure!

For more information on Brimham Rocks, refer to the National Trust website.

Brimham Rocks is only 45 minutes from Coxwold
Brimham Rocks is only 45 minutes from Coxwold
Lots to explore at Brimham Rocks from Coxwold
Lots to explore at Brimham Rocks from Coxwold
Brimham Rocks - great place to visit from Coxwold Cottages
Brimham Rocks – great place to visit from Coxwold Cottages
Amazing rock formations at Brimham Rocks
Amazing rock formations at Brimham Rocks