One of the places we were most excited about going when we were in Harrogate was Brimham Rocks. I can’t remember how I found out about it, I seem to vaguely remember seeing an article on a newspaper website about places to explore in the UK as I remember someone comparing it to Yosemite.
It’s not really anything like Yosemite but that’s okay because it’s still awesome. The car park was £5 for 4 hours and I can see how you would easily spend 4 hours running around here, especially if you had kids. On this occasion I had two kids with me. Nick suddenly reverted to an excited child and ran off to climb the highest rocks in sight.
Brimham Rocks is a collection of rock formations. The National Trust website describes it as ‘nature’s playground’ and that couldn’t be more true. Nick has already insisted that we return when Huxley is older so they can have a proper game of hide and seek and race each other to the top of the rocks.
Huxley was in muddy puddle heaven. (We’d decided at the car that it wasn’t muddy enough for wellies. Big mistake.)
Here’s me looking like an ACTUAL bag lady. Bring on the spring!
Being National Trust, there’s a gift shop, food kiosk, toilets and plenty of picnic tables so you could easily spend the whole day here when the weather is nice.
The rocks sit on top of a hill that overlook one of the Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale and I can imagine that the view on a clear day is absolutely breathtaking. Unfortunately it was quite overcast when we went so we couldn’t see far. (Also, it’s SO hard to take good photos when the sky is bright white).
Nick thought it would look cool to take a picture of Huxley up against a rock because it would make a really interesting background but this picture just cracks me up because it looks like Nick is going to mug him. I wish I could have gotten one from further away too.