Swinton Estate Trails: Masham Circular

Swinton Estate Trails: Masham Circular

Swinton Estate Trails: Masham Circular

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Swinton Estate Trails: Masham Circular

Distance: 6km (4 mile)
Duration: 2 hour
Level of walk: Medium View Walks Key


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Masham Weather
scattered clouds
humidity: 70%
wind: 6m/s WSW
H 7 • L 6
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Why you should do this walk…

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.

Dog friendly?…

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.

Walk map

How can I follow this walk?…

This walk is available on the iFootpath App or to print the Swinton Estate Trails: Masham Circular

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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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