Brimham Rocks

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Brimham Rocks
Brimham Rocks 8.jpg
Idol Rock at Brimham Rocks
LocationSummerbridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England
Coordinates54°4′49″N 1°41′3″W / 54.08028°N 1.68417°W / 54.08028; -1.68417Coordinates: 54°4′49″N 1°41′3″W / 54.08028°N 1.68417°W / 54.08028; -1.68417
Area0.64 square miles (1.66 km2)[1]
OperatorNational Trust
DesignationArea of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Brimham Rocks are balancing rock formations on Brimham Moor in North Yorkshire, England. The rocks stand at a height of nearly 30 feet in an area owned by the National Trust[2] which is part of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.[3]

The site is open all year round; typically from 8 a.m. until dusk. Entry is free but car parking is charged for visitors who are not members of the National Trust.[4]

There are many variations of rock formations, caused by Millstone Grit being eroded by water, glaciation and wind, some of which have formed amazing shapes. Many formations have been named, though imagination is required and the correct viewing angle is helpful. Examples include the Sphinx, the Watchdog, the Camel, the Turtle and the Dancing Bear.[5] The area was recognized as being a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1958.[6]

The children's television programme Roger and the Rottentrolls was filmed at Brimham Rocks and the site also features in the Bee Gees' video 'You Win Again'.[5][7] A scene of series six of Knightmare, another children's programme and adventure game show, saw Brimham Rocks used as a location although only used once.[8]

In June 2018 an act of vandalism caused a rock to fall from the top of one of the crags and damage the crag face.[9]

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  1. ^ "Brimham Rocks" (PDF). Harrogate District. February 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Brimham Rocks". National Trust. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Brimham Rocks". Archived from the original on 4 February 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  4. ^ National Trust Handbook (2015 ed.). Manvers, Rotherham: National Trust. 2015. pp. 298–299. ISBN 978-0-7078-0431-6. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  5. ^ a b Clayton, Emma (30 September 2013). "Plenty of excitement to be had at Brimham Rocks for the price of parking your car". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Brimham Rocks" (PDF). Natural England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Brimham Bee Gee memories". Harrogate Advertiser. 17 January 2003. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Brimham Rocks - Pateley Bridge". Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Police investigate 'dangerous' act of vandalism at Brimham Rocks". Harrogate Advertiser. 6 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2018.

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