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Swinton Estate Trails: Masham Circular

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Swinton Estate Trails: Masham Circular
Author: Swinton Estate, Published: 02 Sep 2018 Walk Rating:star1 Swinton Estate Trails: Masham Circular North Yorkshire Walkstar1 Swinton Estate Trails: Masham Circular North Yorkshire Walkstar1 Swinton Estate Trails: Masham Circular North Yorkshire Walkstar1 Swinton Estate Trails: Masham Circular North Yorkshire Walkstar1 Swinton Estate Trails: Masham Circular North Yorkshire Walk
North Yorkshire, Masham
Walk Type: River or lakeside
Swinton Estate Trails: Masham Circular
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Swinton Estate Trails: Masham Circular North Yorkshire Walk boot Swinton Estate Trails: Masham Circular North Yorkshire Walk
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A 6km (4 mile) circular walk between Swinton Park and the North Yorkshire market town of Masham. This is a lovely varied walk, enjoying beautiful riverside paths alongside the River Burn and River Ure and visiting the bustling town of Masham. There are plenty of opportunities for dogs to take a paddle in the rivers. The town is known for its two breweries; Theakstons and Black Sheep Brewery. This walk is part of the Swinton Estate Trails collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Swinton Estate to encourage people to discover the 20,000 acre Estate with varying terrain such as woodland, reservoirs, moorland, gardens and parkland.

The walk is relatively flat, with only a few steady gradients and nothing too steep. It follows a mixture of unmade riverside paths and quiet lanes (so take care of any traffic). Some stretches of the riverbanks can become muddy and a little overgrown at times (so long trousers are recommended). Most of the route is free from livestock, but you will cross one pasture that is likely to be holding sheep. You will need to negotiate a few gates, some steps plus 5 stiles (including V-shaped stiles, vertical wooden rung stiles and wire fence stepovers). The stiles all have fence gaps suitable for up to medium dogs to squeeze through (our standard poodle just fitted), but larger dogs may need a lift over. One stretch of the walk follows the edge of a golf course, so watch out for any stray flying balls. Allow 2 hours.

There are plenty of options when it comes to facilities. You will find the Terrace Restaurant and Bar within the Swinton Hotel complex at the start and end of the walk. The bar area is dog-friendly, there is a beautiful courtyard garden and walkers will receive a warm welcome. If you want a mid-walk pit stop, there are plenty of pubs and tea rooms plus public toilets available in the market place in Masham.

If you are a visiting walker, please park in the Swinton Country Club and Spa car park. From Masham, head south on Park Street and then turn right into Swinton Terrace (which becomes Swinton Road). After about a mile, you will see a side road and the impressive stone gates for Swinton Park on your right. Do NOT enter these gates, instead turn right to follow the side road. Ignore two more gateways within the wall on your left (the first is Exit Only and the second is for Deliveries) and take the third gateway which leads you into the parking area for the Country Club and Spa. Approximate post code HG4 4JH.

Walk Sections

Start to Golf Course
Start to Golf Course

Start point: 54.2126 lat, -1.6755 long
End point: 54.2164 lat, -1.6698 long

Leave the Country Club and Spa car park via the vehicle entrance and, taking care of any traffic, turn right along the lane. The lane swings right to reach the road junction with a grass triangle and the main Swinton Park gatehouse on your right. Turn left and left again to follow the lane leading you steadily downhill between trees. After about 400 metres, you will pass an entrance gate for Masham Golf Course on your right. Just a few paces later, look out for a low stile within the fence on your right (just before you reach the river bridge). Cross the stile to enter the golf course.

Golf Course to Low Burn Bridge
Golf Course to Low Burn Bridge

Start point: 54.2164 lat, -1.6698 long
End point: 54.2136 lat, -1.6543 long

NOTE: The next stretch of the walk follows the edge of the golf course, so be careful of any stray flying golf balls. Bear left to follow the left-hand edge of the golf course. The tree line on your left conceals the course of the River Burn and you will soon get a few glimpses of this pretty river. The River Burn begins life as several streams high on Masham Moor, then flows eastwards for 12 miles where it empties into the River Ure. It is responsible for draining around 27 square miles of moorland and farmland.

Stay directly alongside the left-hand tree line and this will lead you to a wide wooden gate ahead (with a V-shaped wooden stile to the right of it). Cross the stile and continue ahead on the narrow path, leading you through the trees with the river on your left. Continue ahead on the riverside path and you will pass through a section of beautiful alder trees before crossing a ditch via a dip in the path. You will emerge alongside a beautiful meander within the river, with a small metal gate on your right. This part of the river makes the ideal spot for a canine paddle.

You have now reached the point at which the riverbank is eroded right up to the fence in a couple of places, so our path will pass back and forward across the fence to account for this. Turn right through the gate and turn immediately left (with the fence on your left). Very soon you will need to cross left over the fence (via a stile or the lowered fence section beforehand) to rejoin the riverbank. Continue with the fence on your right, passing more alder trees, until you reach a barrier ahead.

Turn right over the fence (there is a section with plastic pipe covering the wire for humans, and gap under the wire fencing for dogs a couple of panels beforehand). Continue with the fence on your left until you reach a wooden stile on your left. Cross this (again there is a wire flap for dogs just before the stile) to enter a sheep pasture. With your back to the stile, head diagonally right across the pasture to reach the bridle gate in the far corner, alongside the stone arched road bridge, Low Burn Bridge.

Low Burn Bridge to River Ure
Low Burn Bridge to River Ure

Start point: 54.2136 lat, -1.6543 long
End point: 54.2138 lat, -1.6474 long

Low Burn Bridge is Grade II listed and dates from 1715. It replaced an older bridge, but the previous version was only wide enough to take a single horse. The current bridge was financed thanks to a legacy left by a local man who died in 1623.

Exit the pasture via the bridle gate onto the road. Do NOT take the path opposite, instead turn left across Low Burn Bridge (taking care of traffic) and then turn right onto the public footpath (signed as part of the Ripon Rowel route). The Ripon Rowel is a 50 mile long-distance circular route starting in Ripon cathedral and designed by the local Rotary Club.

Follow this path ahead, with a hedgerow on your left and the River Burn running on your right. Further along, the path swings left, leading you up a flight of steps to reach a crop field. Bear right to follow the path along the right-hand edge of this crop field. This marks the point at which the River Burn empties into the River Ure and you now have the River Ure running on your right.

River Ure to Glebe House
River Ure to Glebe House

Start point: 54.2138 lat, -1.6474 long
End point: 54.2218 lat, -1.6512 long

The River Ure runs for around 74 miles and is the principal river of Wensleydale. The river’s name has evolved over time, from Jor to Yore and then Ure. The previous name for the valley region was Yoredale, named after the river.

Simply stay with the field edge path, always with the River Ure on your right. Eventually the path leads you between hedgerows, becomes a stone track, passes a waterworks on your right and reaches a gate ahead. Pass through the gate and bear left to continue on the stone track. When the hedgerow on your left ends, the path merges with the tarmac access driveway for Glebe House (which is now just behind you).

Glebe House to Masham Market Place
Glebe House to Masham Market Place

Start point: 54.2218 lat, -1.6512 long
End point: 54.2218 lat, -1.655 long

Follow the tarmac access drive, with a fenced pasture on your left. The access drive leads you over an old (filled-in) cattle grid and then climbs steadily to reach the edge of Masham. Keep straight ahead, passing the old school house on your right, to reach the main Market Place in the centre of Masham.

Take time to explore Masham should you wish. There is plenty to discover including the striking St Mary’s Church, two working breweries (Theakstons and Black Sheep Brewery), a thriving market, some beautiful architecture and plenty of shops, tea rooms and pubs.

Masham Market Place to End
Masham Market Place to End

Start point: 54.2218 lat, -1.655 long
End point: 54.2127 lat, -1.6755 long

Turn left and walk around two sides of the Market Place (passing the Kings Head Hotel), to reach Waterloo House ahead, then turn left to follow Chapman Lane. You will emerge to a T-junction with the main road, Park Street. Cross over to the far pavement and turn left along this, passing the Methodist Chapel on your right. Turn right into the first side road, Swinton Terrace and follow the roadside pavement leading you out of Masham.

Where the pavement ends, continue ahead on the lane, taking care of traffic and using the right-hand verge path as much as possible. The lane leads you over the River Burn, past the golf course and on to reach the road junction alongside the Swinton Park gatehouse.

Turn right to join the side road and follow this back to the car park where the walk began. Why not make your way to the Terrace Bar for some well-earned hospitality? The bar area is dog-friendly, there is a beautiful courtyard garden and walkers will receive a warm welcome.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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The gates of Swinton Park with the turret of the hotel.
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The riverside path is popular with walkers.
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The final stretch of the outward leg of the walk as it winds its way towards Masham
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The gates of Swinton Park
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The Terrace Bar

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