The 200 acres of parkland that surround Swinton Park consists of a chain of five lakes, landscaped during the 17th century, with a walking trail throughout.
The complete circuit, which passes through the steep ravine at Quarry Gill, can take up to 2 ½ hours to complete. The woodland is at its most dramatic during April/May with the daffodils, in June when the azaleas and rhododendrons bloom and in September/October with the autumn colours.
Within the parkland there are also open lawns around the hotel, including a cricket pitch for visiting teams, an orangery, and shrubbery. Behind the orangery there is a four acre walled garden which has been recently restored by Susan Cunliffe-Lister (Country Life Gardener of the Year 2001), and now produces flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables for the hotel.
Further afield, guests can follow the River Burn to where it joins the River Ure and walk into the charming market town of Masham. More challenging walks include a trip to the Druids Temple, up on the moorland edge, or a circuit above the estate reservoirs and over into Nidderdale.
Walking maps are available for guests (both resident and day visitors) at the hotel reception.
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This is the most beautiful time of year at Swinton Park. The Walled Garden beds are brimming over with peonies, delphiniums and roses as well as young vegetables and fragrant herbs. Enjoy these at our Garden Lunches and Garden Design Days while learning how to create a productive garden.
A fundraising exhibition showcasing some of the North’s most respected and contemporary artists will take place at Swinton Park from 18th June to 18th July 2014, with a Private View event on the evening of Thursday 26th June. Click New Lights for details and Private View tickets.