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Brimham Rocks

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Brimham Rocks

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Brimham Rocks

Looking at the wild and wacky shapes of the eroded rocks on Brimham Moor is a little bit like spotting shapes in the clouds or doing the Rorschach inkblot test.  You can see friendly dogs, flying angels, giant mushrooms, cockerels, love hearts, boats, piles of books - have a look and decide for yourself.  Many of the formations have already been given nicknames by locals such as the Dancing Bear, the Smartie Tube and Idol Rock, but there are always more to find in the 50 acres of moorland near Summerbridge in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire.

The rocks are high up in the Dales, affording wonderful views over the surrounding countryside, as you scramble about to find the perfect place for a picnic. The amazing formations are created out of millstone grit, a very tough kind of sandstone which was carved into this variety of shapes by erosion during the last Ice Age over 80,000 years ago – an all-natural, ancient sculpture park.

Brimham Moor and Rocks.  © NTPL  Photo: Joe Cornish



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The rock formations are so unique and are scattered over some 50 acres on Brimham Moor. They provide a great variety of weird and wonderful shapes. Their shapes resemble images such as elephants, hippos, bears, mushrooms and some are said to have associations with druids and Mother Shipton.

Jeffrey Austin



My favourite Icon of England has to be the Cornish Pasty.

Ian Baldry