Swinton Estate Trails: Bivouac, Druid’s Temple and Sole Beck

Swinton Estate Trails: Bivouac, Druid’s Temple and Sole Beck

Swinton Estate Trails: Bivouac, Druid’s Temple and Sole Beck

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Swinton Estate Trails: Bivouac, Druid’s Temple and Sole Beck

Distance: 8km (5 mile)
Duration: 3 hours
Level of walk: Medium View Walks Key

 

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Why you should do this walk…

An 8km (5 mile) circular walk from the Swinton Bivouac site within Swinton Estate, North Yorkshire. This rewarding circular countryside trail takes you on a journey of discovery through rolling pastures and woodland with stunning views, taking in the Swinton Bivouac, Druid’s Temple (one of Yorkshire’s most interesting follies) and the ruins of Lobley Hall. 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.

Dog friendly?…

Most of the walk follows public rights of way, but the paths to the Druid’s Temple are permissive paths provided with permission of Swinton Estate. The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, including a couple of fairly steep sections. In terms of terrain and accessibility, this is really a walk of two halves. The first half (to the ford) is easy to navigate with clear tracks through woodlands and pastures plus one stretch along a quiet lane. You will need to negotiate several gates (but no stiles) and a footbridge, and you will be sharing many of the fields with sheep. The return leg follows a more challenging route, with a stretch of streamside path which is rocky underfoot and can be overgrown with bracken, includes 5 fence stiles (with some makeshift dog gaps, but you may need to give your dog a lift) and a couple of very short but sharp scrambles (where hands may be needed). This stretch also crosses pastures that may be holding cattle. If you prefer to avoid these obstacles you could retrace the outward leg, but if you are up for the challenge the return leg is a really rewarding adventure. Swinton Estate welcomes visiting walkers (and canine companions) but please remember the usual countryside code rules; take your litter home with you, keep dogs under close control and be careful to shut any gates behind you.

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How can I follow this walk?…

This walk is available on the iFootpath App or to print the Swinton Estate Trails: Bivouac, Druid’s Temple and Sole Beck

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Walking on mostly flat terrain, little walking up hill and few styles or dry stone walls to negotiate. Distance from 1 to 5 miles.

Some walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, negotiating dry stone walls. Distance from 3 to 6 miles.

A lot of walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, and some scrambling up rocks. Distance from 6 miles upwards.

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