Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire
Brimham Rocks are a collection of eroded millstone grit rock formations in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, and owned by the National Trust. It’s a place my own mum and dad took me and my brother a couple of times when we were kids, and I have great memories of spending the day climbing and playing on all the weathered rocks, many of which have been named for their resemblance to animals and such. As my own older kids were visiting for the week, I used it as an excuse to revisit and relive my youth, whilst also giving the boys a bit of climbing practice. To make the day more fun, I also decided to bring along my girlfriends two children too, so I was going to have my hands full with supervising them all!
We had a fantastic day exploring and finding routes to the top of the various rock formations, with the kids learning the valuable lesson of not going up something you can’t get down from! I had to help them out several times getting down from the tops of some of the boulders, where decent handholds were few and far between. On the downside, the car park was rather expensive at £7 for the day, and my trip to the shop for a few snacks and drinks ended up costing me a further £16!