Yorkshire Photo Explorer

Brimham Rocks

Brimham RocksBrimham Rocks is a National Trust site near Summerbridge in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire. The strange rock formations make for an interesting photography subject, whilst the views across the surrounding countryside are great for landscape photographers. This is also a fantastic location for photographing the sunset. I always find Brimham Rocks brings out your sense of adventure: I love climbing up the rocks and scrambling through the gaps to see what you can find.

I visited on a sunny afternoon in winter. Although I’d been here before, I’d never actually been here specifically to take photos. I initially headed through the main area of rocks near the car park, but found myself wandering to the edge of the rocks area to admire the views. It was quite challenging to photograph initially as it was bright, so I spent some time zooming into details.

Brimham RocksBrimham Rocks has a number of famous and well-photographed rock formations. My favourite is the Idol Rock, a stack balancing on a small pointed rock. The sun’s direction didn’t allow me to capture the best angle to show how precarious it looks, but I was reasonably pleased with the outcome.

Idol Rock, Brimham RocksAs the sun started to get lower in the sky, the light became much better and some clouds started to appear. I climbed onto the top of one of the main columns to get a different view.

Brimham RocksBrimham Rocks is a very popular location. However the number of people around can allow for some opportunities for silhouettes at sunset. I had a go at a few and I think this one was my favourite in the end:

Brimham RocksLuckily there was a beautiful sunset on my visit, so I headed over to the edge of the ridge to try to capture it. The main header photo at the top of this post is my favourite from all the photos I took. Here are a few more from my visit:

Practicalities
Approximate post code (for sat nav) HG3 4DW
Parking There is a pay and display car park on site. See the website for current parking charges. National Trust members can park for free.
Website https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brimham-rocks

This is the location of Brimham Rocks:

Notes for next time
  • Come at sunrise
  • Take more detailed shots of the rocks
  • Try a different part of the site for sunset
  • Come in heather season

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