Exploring Brimham Rocks

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.

National Trust site Brimham Rocks

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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.

Brimham Rocks, National Trust

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Brimham Rocks

Huxley was in muddy puddle heaven. (We’d decided at the car that it wasn’t muddy enough for wellies. Big mistake.)

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Here’s me looking like an ACTUAL bag lady. Bring on the spring!

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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.

National Trust, Brimham Rocks Yorkshire

Brimham Rocks, Yorkshire

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).

Brimham Rocks near Harrogate

Brimham Rocks outside Harrogate

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.

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Tea & cake at Betty’s Tearooms, Harrogate

When we first decided to go to Harrogate one of the things I was most excited about was having tea and cake at national institution, Bettys. As it happened, our hotel was so close that we could see it out of our window. There was a permanent queue out the door.

Bettys Tearooms in Harrogate

When we joined the queue, we realised that it was all for afternoon tea and we only wanted tea and cake so were shown straight in. You can actually just go in the bakery and buy cakes to take away if you don’t fancy sitting down or are short for time. They’ve got some lovely bits and bobs to buy. I was quite taken with a tea caddy and mug set but at £20 and no house to put it in at the moment I decided against it.

Inside Bettys Tearooms in Harrogate

Chocolate brown bettysWe sat down and got Huxley settled in a chair with a magazine (which you can see he takes very seriously!). We ordered a pot of darjeeling tea each, a praline chocolate eclair and a frangipani slice. There was a sharp intake of breath as we heard the price…£17. But we were on holiday and it’s a special place so it was okay.

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T-shirt: Curious Wolves

Praline chocolate eclair from Bettys Harrogate

Frangipani tart from Bettys Tearooms Harrogate

Pouring tea at Bettys Harrogate

UK lifestyle blogger in Howies tshirt at Bettys Harrogate

T-shirt: Howies

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T-shirt: Howies

Now, I feel I have to be completely honest here. I was a bit disappointed. Maybe it’s because I’d hyped it up too much in my head or maybe I’ve just been spoilt with the bakeries in Paris and San Francisco but I just wasn’t overly impressed with anything. Don’t get me wrong, the cakes were delicious, but they weren’t the blow-my-mind delicious that I was expecting.

The tea was the main disappointment for me. I’ve had darjeeling many times before and it’s usually refreshing and light. This one tasted ‘hard’ and was extremely bitter. We’d poured it as soon as it arrived on the table so we hadn’t over-brewed it. It was so bad that I couldn’t even bring myself to finish one cup – and that never happens!

I wouldn’t say that I’ll never go to Betty’s again because I would, but I think next time I’d just buy the cake to take away and go and have a cheaper cup of tea somewhere else.

To be honest though, there’s a farm shop/deli just outside Harrogate called Fodder which did sell blow-my-mind delicious cakes. I had a millionaire’s shortbread the size of my face for £1.75 and it was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. We went to Fodder a couple of times during the week we stayed and it was never a disappointment. We had an incredible sausage roll there, a cookie sandwich and a gluten-free millionaires shortbread and it was all amazing. My mum is going to Harrogate in September and I’m giving her some money with strict instructions to bring me back some more!

When we’d finished at Betty’s we thought we’d better go for a little walk. It was warm enough for me to wear my new shoes that were kindly gifted to me by Clarks. It’s strange because I’m not usually a pink person but I was oddly drawn to these. They are super comfy too.

UK blogger outside Bettys tearooms in Harrogate wearing Clarks Glove Puppet shoes in dusty pink

Scarf: Zara | Jumper: Jigsaw (in the sale!) | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: c/o Clarks

Clarks Glove Puppet shoes in Dusty Pink

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Harrogate