Plumpton Rocks
Plumpton Rocks

Plumpton Rocks to re-open this weekend

1 September 2022

Plumpton Rocks, near Harrogate, will reopen this weekend, and then throughout every weekend in September and October.

  • Opening times 11am to 6pm
  • Saturday and Sunday during September and October 2022
  • Adult £5, children are free

Situated between Harrogate and Follifoot, Plumpton Rocks is a Grade II*-listed 18th century man-made lake, set against a backdrop of dramatic rock formations and surrounded by 30-acres of beautiful parkland.

Considered one of the finest 18th century landscapes in the North of England, it was twice painted by JMW Turner.

The site’s condition had declined, largely due to silting of the lake and the growth of self-set trees. But a long-running project with vital support and funding from Natural England’s Countryside Stewardship scheme, Historic England, the Historic Houses Foundation and the owner, has seen the site restored.

Historic England gave a £103,160 grant for essential works.

The lake has been dredged to recover its 18th century proportions, there have been repairs to the dam and work to manage trees and vegetation growth, as well restoration work to the remaining parkland.

Plumpton Rocks is between Harrogate and Wetherby. When heading away from Harrogate, head past the Kestral pub and straight across the roundabout. Plumpton is then 1/2 mile on the left.

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