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.
As we bask in the sunshine of high summer, the Swinton Estate and Yorkshire Dales provide a heavenly venue for walking, cycling and riding. Closer to home, the Walled Garden is brimming over with soft fruit and young vegetables, providing delicious ingredients for our Garden Lunches and Estate Produce Lunches.
The darkening leaves on the turret remind us that Autumn is coming, but also herald the coming of game, wild mushrooms and other seasonal treats.