If you happen to be in Yorkshire and you want to get out of the cities into the wilds of the Dales a magical place to visit is Brimham Rocks, set to the north of Harrogate, the gateway to the Dales themselves.
The Rocks are amazing formations that look as though some gigantic hand has set them down in the middle of the rather stark moorland landscape, and they all have strange shapes, some of which have been given names such as "The Anvil" or "The Eagle" but you might like to give your own names to others.
This is the perfect place to gather your thoughts, go for a walk, scramble over the rocks themselves or simply sit and admire the stunning views of Yorkshire that you can see here. On a clear day even the spire of York Minster is visible.
Brimham Rocks is a National Trust site and this means that the place is well maintained but not over commercialized.
If you want to go back to the town it is a stone's throw away from Harrogate, Ripon or Pately Bridge and other nearby places that are well worth a visit are Fountain's Abbey and Ripley Castle, which also has an excellent pub.
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