Brimham Rocks

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Brimham Rocks
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Idol Rock at Brimham Rocks
Location Summerbridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England
Coordinates 54°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
Area 0.64 square miles (1.66 km2)[1]
Operator National Trust
Designation Area 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 show 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 show and adventure game show, saw Brimham Rocks used as a location although only used once.[8]

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  1. ^ "Brimham Rocks" (PDF). Harrogate District. February 2004. Retrieved 11 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Brimham Rocks". National Trust. Retrieved 11 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Brimham Rocks". 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. 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. 

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