For public footpath routes within the Swinton Estate please see The OS Explorer 298 and OS Landranger 99 maps.
Walkers can also pick up on existing trails which run through the Estate which are:
- The 50 mile Ripon Rowel walk, which is a loop walk that runs along the River Ure between Ripon and Masham, and then heads up onto the Dales through the Estate and returns to Ripon. Its half way point, starting at Ripon Cathedral, is at Druid’s Temple, where there is a café with accommodation at The Bivouac.
- The 3 mile Masham Leaves walk, which is a gentle amble beside the Rivers Ure and Burn following a sculture trail with works by Alan Ayres.
- The 38 mile Six Dales Trail, running from Otley (to the south) to Middleham (a few miles north of Masham). It crosses through the Estate on the Nidderdale to Colsterdale to Coverdale section.
- The 104 mile circular Abbeys Amble which links three abbeys – Fountains, Jervaulx and Bolton with three castles – Ripley, Bolton and Middleham. The section that passes through the Estate is the Mickley to Masham to Jervaulx route.
Just south of Masham, and over the boundary of the Estate is Hackfall Woods, a beautiful woodland area beside the River Ure with extensive walking tracks.
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We’re looking forward to Mothering Sunday on 30th March and are delighted to report that Spring has arrived! The snowdrops are out, new season’s rhubarb is coming up and the bluebells won’t be far behind. We’ve a tempting selection of celebratory treats for Mothers to enjoy on the day itself, as well as gift vouchers for a wide range of activities, available from our online shop.
We are also hoping a late Easter will bring warm weather for our first Deerhouse Lunches and Dinners of 2014 – including a new Barbecue Cook & Lunch course, to polish up your grilling skills ready for summer.