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“Don't make a special journey”
Review of Plumpton Rocks

Plumpton Rocks
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Don't make a special journey”
Reviewed 27 March 2013

Been coming very occasionally since childhood and to be honest it’s just not that good.
It’s a scenic view from the dam wall and a pleasant walk through the woods but nothing you can’t see elsewhere, and unfortunately it’s not that peaceful any more due to traffic noise. The top end is always very boggy as the stream spreads and meanders its way into the lake.
The rock formations are interesting but a lot less so than Brimham Rocks. What I like most is the lack of ‘elf and safety – barely any signs, steep drops, slippery ground etc. Like things used to be.
All in all it’s worth visiting once if you’re passing, short of something to do, and the weather’s nice (especially in spring), but certainly not worth a special trip and it’s expensive for what it is. You’ll need boots.

Visited March 2013
Thank RichardaHuddersfield
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English first
Harrogate, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“great place for a stroll”
Reviewed 9 March 2013

plumpton rocks is amazing as you cant believe this place exists behind some trees,you drive past it on the road to wetherby/harrogate,you see the sign,but if you have never been then you must!great place for a walk or picnic or romantic stroll,large high rocks,a big lake,walkways,trees etc,a hidden gem!!

Visited March 2013
Thank big_rog1
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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
241 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Great place for a quiet walk”
Reviewed 20 January 2013

Lovely place in a delightfully downbeat way. You drive down a track to a little wooden hut where the owner takes your money. Once parked you walk around the delightful grounds with amazing gritstone rock formations. Be careful with dogs and children - there are a lot of unguarded drops - but good fun for all the family

Visited September 2012
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York, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
71 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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“Waste of Time & Nightmare”
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!!


Visited October 2012
4 Thank DCN
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Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“great place”
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

Visited July 2012
Thank Paul M
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