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The Brimham Rocks are a collection of extraordinary rock formations located on Brimham Moor, near Pateley Bridge in North Yorkshire. The landscape has been naturally shaped over time through glaciation and erosion by water to produce these formations, some of which reach to over a hundred feet tall (30 metres). The area in which the rocks can be found spans over 200,000 square metres and they are dated by geologists at over 300 million years old.

Many of the outcrops and rocks have been named by visitors according to objects they resemble, although oftentimes a good viewpoint and a lot of imagination is required to see this. Named formations include the Sphinx, the Camel, the Dancing Bear, and perhaps the most well-known Idol Rock.


Idol Rock is a fifteen foot tall boulder, which weighs an approximate 180 tonnes, balancing atop a pyramidal pedestal which spans only one foot in diameter. It has been this way as long as anyone can remember, seemingly defying physics and leaving many a visitor scratching their heads as to why it has not yet toppled. The formation has also been called the Druid’s Idol, and the Druid’s Writing Desk, due to its (largely) flat top.


The rocks have featured many times in recent pop culture; television shows such as Knightmare and the children’s program Roger and the Rottentrolls have all been partially filmed around the rock formations. The Bee Gees’ song “You Win Again” released in 1987 with Idol Rock as a backdrop for part of the video, as well as featuring many shots of the other formations.


In old folklore, two young lovers fled from home after finding out the disapproval of the girl’s father. The wrathful father followed them to the rock, where the couple decided to jump rather than be separate from each other for the rest of their lives. Instead of falling, the couple was guided through the air to a safe landing. In witnessing this, the girl’s father decided that the couple’s love was fated, and agreed to their marriage. Since then, the site of their leap has been known as Lover’s Rock.



Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Bar Lane, Roecliffe, Boroughbridge
North Yorkshire, England, YO51 9LS
+44 (0)1423 322 683

Contact Details

  • Address: Brimham Rocks Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 4DW, UK
  • GPS: 54.08048825683466,-1.6842194085204482
  • Phone: 0044 (0)1423 780 688
  • Part of UK: England
  • Sat Nav Postcode: HG3 4DW
  • Entrance Fees: Free access / Parking fees apply
  • Disabled Access: Poor
  • Visibility from Road: Poor

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