I was never happier in my childhood in Yorkshire than when my brother and I were “released” for the day in Brimham Rocks. In the old days, before The National Trust (NT) acquired it, you could park your car right in the midst of the rocks and set up a picnic next door – easy peasy. That arrangement worked then because there were so few cars and people about. Now the NT have set up an adjacent car park and you have to walk in. Quite understandable given the increased popularity of the attraction.
Brimham Rocks covers an area of about 50 acres and can be found about 4 miles east of Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale. The fantastic Millstone Grit formations have been shaped by water, glaciation, wind……..and generations of children’s feet.
For at least one day of my school holidays I could lose myself in a Never Never Land away from my worries and troubles and let my imagination, and physical self, run riot.
It was a small boy’s heaven.