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“Waste of Time & Nightmare”
Review of Plumpton Rocks

Plumpton Rocks
Reviewed 14 October 2012

We have just returned from this 'attraction' having made a big effort to cram it in before the end of the season. From the word go it looked unpromising as people are unable to enter & exit the parking easily & there's little info to ensure you know what you're doing even on entry. We were asked if it was our first time, by the man in a hut, & when we said yes - a leaflet was shoved through the window, so we moved off.

Having parked with difficulty (stones, squelchy terraine) I scanned the leaflet to find no clear map/instructions etc which is what we'd expected, just 'history' which was of no practical use at that time. There followed an unpleasdant hour trying to find a way 'round the lake' & ending up at lots of dead ends, & slipping & sliding on muddy ways & v steep inclines, sometimes crouching under overhanging rocks to move forward . Not much use saying 'solid shoes should be worn' on the route out of th car park - this needs flagging up in CAPS on the web site, hiking sticks recommended; would be good too. I had my second rate walking boots - definitely needed those with good grip & greater water proofedness!! But we'd still have got lost, frustrated & come away disgruntled. Why are there no small wooden signs? Why are there no map panels with 'you are here'?

We asked several groups of people eventually if they knew of a way round & most said no, but one said she'd been a long time ago & as she recalled the route 'on the other side of the water' (ie without the difficult terraine) went away from the water & ended up outside the estate so that a road walk was necessary. Not what we'd come all the way from York to do.

The language of the internet info is extremely misleading

Visits to Garden Yes
Light Refreshments Yes

There was nothing resembling a 'garden' & as for refreshments!!

"The 30 acre park provides seemingly endless opportunities to explore with tranquil lakeside walks, dramatic millstone grit rocks, and mature native woodland. Plumpton Rocks and natural landscaped gardens are open to the public"

'....endless opportunities to explore with tranquil lakeside walks' Really!! We caught a glimpse of the water a couple of times & even my pretty decent internal sat nav was completely perplexed as to where the parking we'd used was, we'd gone round in so many soggy cirlces!! Tranquil lakeside walks were the figment of someone's imagination, or reserved for a few with local knowledge. And as for the 2 vistas captured by Turner at each end of the lake - forget it!!

We went back to the parking kiosk man & witnessed him at least giving others a little talk, but that was based on the start at the litter bin principle & not much more - he seemed flumoxed by our complaints, & said most people liked the peace. People with local knowledge will know where they've come & what to expect. People like us coming for a one-off visit, led by the text above, will just go away shaking their head. I had more luck navigating through the huge & badly sign-posted W Canada recently than I did here.

This place needs to 'up its game': there are probably still people lost in there who've not made it out to complain!!


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Reviewed 12 October 2012

what a great place to get away from it all, and have a picnic, in which we did this year, even though it was not the best day, it was well worth a visit

Thank Paul M
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

Near Knaresborough and not too fat from Harrogate and Wetherby, Plumpton Rocks is a fascinating place for an afternoon walk in summer. The formations are interesting, and children can really stretch their imaginations in this ethereal place...worth a trip...

Thank RKH245
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

If the sun suddenly comes out and you want to explore somewhere local to Harrogate and Knaresborough, visit Plumpton Rocks...it is peaceful and worth the visit. Views across the small lake to the rocks were painted by Turner and there is a reproduction on display for comparison.

Thank StueeW
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

Was passing Plumpton and decided to drop by - last visit was on a primary school trip!

Pleased to say it has changed little in all that time - there is a mix of geology and history as well as an excellent place to use a decent camera.

If you have kids they will love exploring the various tunnels between the rocks - although beware that there are sheer drops in places.

Enjoy a good explore!

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