Since I started researching places to take the kids that were adventurous and local, one place caught my eye, and I haven’t been able to shake it. Brimham Rocks. For one reason or another we hadn’t got there yet. When my husband and step-daughter had a day out together, I decided I would take the girls, on my own, to Brimham Rocks with kids. And I am so glad I did.
What is Brimham Rocks?
Well, to put it bluntly, it’s an area of rocks that stick out of the ground. They are millions of years old, and to me they look completely out of place in North Yorkshire. It’s so weird for me to see them here, because the only thing that comes close to what they look like, is the Matopos Hills and the Balancing Rocks in Zimbabwe.
Don’t believe me, check these pictures out:
National Trust – Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Brimham Rocks is looked after and managed by the National Trust. They (the rocks) are roughly 320 million years old! They look almost unnatural, the way they balance so perfectly against each other. Sitting in the Brimham Moorland of North Yorkshire, they are nature at its most awesome. In fact the area where you find the rocks has been designated as an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Are You Ready For A Family Fun Day Out?
When you think about a safe and fun day out as a family, you think about wide-open space, safe to explore, manageable for everyone. That said, visiting Brimham Rocks with young children probably doesn’t tick all those boxes. However, if you are prepared properly in advance it doesn’t have to be as scary as the helicopter parents might imagine it is.
10 Tips For Visiting Brimham Rocks With Kids
As a mom who travels and goes on days out with her kids, both as a family and solo parenting, here are my top 10 tips for visiting Brimham Rocks with kids. This is my honest opinion.
Put A Leash On Them – The Kids That Is!
If they are young, toddling about and likely to slip, put a harness on them and keep it short.
Comfortable non-slip shoes are best. Trainers or hiking boots. I would not recommend wellies as they are likely to slip on the rocks that are often damp with dew or moss, or both. I’m not talking about the high up rocks, I mean the little ones on the ground that you need to climb over to get up high.
Take A Picnic to Brimham Rocks
Take a picnic. Even though we visited on a half-term weekend, and it was very busy (the car park was overflowing), we still managed to find quite a few perfect spots that were private and peaceful. I was able to get the girls to sit still for 5 minutes and just eat their picnic. You can buy food and snacks there, but it really is the perfect place to have a picnic.
Parking Facilities at Brimham Rocks.
Get there early, parking spaces are limited. There is fee to enter Brimham Rocks, but you do need to pay for parking. See more details below about costs and duration.
The car park is manned so there is some control, but when we left we noticed that it was full which meant that visitors who arrived later were parked on the verge of the very narrow country lane road that leads up to the park.
Dress in layers, and in comfortable clothing. You will have to scramble up the rocks after your kids. I promise.
How Long Should The Visit Take?
You will need at least 3 hours to get at least half the experience out of the day. 3 hours was good, we could probably have stretched it for another hour, maybe even more.
What Facilities are there?
There is only one loo so make sure that your exploratory routes keep circling back to the restroom area. Because it is the opposite end of the park to the carpark! That, or monitor their liquid intake!
Are You A Helicopter Parent? #ItsOK
Let them explore. Don’t be a helicopter parent. Yes, make sure that they know that they have to be safe. But half the fun and experience of the place is the outdoor adventurous experience.
Have ‘The Talk’
The Talk! I would highly recommend that you sit them down, either just before you get there, or as soon as you get there, and you explain to them that whilst they are allowed to run, and be free, rocks are high, rocks are slippery, don’t run on the rocks themselves, and don’t go up if they can’t get down.
Can You Take Your Dogs?
The park is dog-friendly. There are many many well behaved dogs so make sure you and your kids are comfortable being around dogs.
- Entry is free, even for non-members of the National Trust.
- You do have to pay for Parking.
- Parking is Pay & Display. We paid £6 for 4 hours of parking.
- Brimham Rocks is located 11 miles from Harrogate off B6165, 4 miles from Pateley Bridge off B6265. Please check the National Trust website for other options on how to get there, other than driving.
- There is a shop, a refreshment kiosk and toilet facilities.
Enjoy some of our pictures from a great day out at Brimham Rocks with kids.
I’m not going to lie, it was a bit stressful. I am quite sure that everyone there knew my kids’ names by the time I left, I yelled after them that many times. Good news is that it wasn’t just me. All the parents of energetic 7 years olds were doing the same thing … or nearly. Or maybe they were just pretending they weren’t looking. I love how polite the British are! lol
And getting the kids to leave took nearly an hour because they hadn’t climbed this rock or that rock, or explored this ‘cave’ or gone through that tunnel.
To Go Or Not To Go?
Overall rating: Go! Absolutely yes! Take your granny, your aunty, and your kids, take the pushchair, the dog and your all-weather gear, and just go! A day out in the fresh air will do you all wonders. And I guarantee you the kids will sleep in the car on the way home!
Brimham Rocks with kids is a winner for me!
This review is linked to my review on Trip Advisor.