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Bivouac, Druid's Temple and Sole Beck Walk is a 4.9 mile loop trail located near Ripon, North Yorkshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 741 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Running River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Historic site Pub walk
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Getting There

This circular walk begins at 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 with Swinton Estate to encourage people to discover the 20,000 acre Estate with varying terrain such as woodland, reservoirs, moorland, gardens and parkland. 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. Allow 3 hours. Before or after your walk, the Bistro Cafe at Swinton Bivouac (which is fully-licensed, dog-friendly and opens seasonally) provides breakfast, light bites or hearty Yorkshire meals.

The walk starts from Swinton Bivouac, an isolated site about 2 miles west of the main Swinton Park site and just north of the hamlet of Ilton. Visiting walkers are welcome to use the car park at the Bivouac site (if the honesty box is in operation, please pay the £2 per car parking fee). From Masham, head south-west along Swinton Terrace (which becomes Swinton Road) to reach the main Swinton Park gatehouse on your right. Do NOT go through these gates, instead turn right to follow the side road. Keep left at the first junction, continue over Quarry Bridge and then turn right at the next junction. Ignore a road to the right (signed to Healey) and stay with the lane as it later bends left. After 0.3 miles turn right onto the Bivouac access lane. After half a mile, turn left onto the stone access drive and this will lead you to the Bivouac centre on your left. Approximate post code HG4 4JZ.

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Lauren Hart
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HikingGreat!

Lovely walk, the first 40 mins or so is through a lot fields with sheep so dogs need to be on a lead. The rest of the walk is great. A bit boggy (October), but the directions on here are perfect!

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Carl Howard
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Good mix of forest paths and open fields with a tiny bit of quiet road in between

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Linda Wood
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Really lovely walk! Slightly boggy in places, make sure you have waterproof boots on.

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Scott Walton
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Peter Johnson
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Great trail, not too difficult with some nice views

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Steven Sibcy
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Hiking

Enjoyable hike for casual hikers like us. Plenty of variety to the terrain, some great views, and not too far. To top it off you can reward yourself with a refreshing drink at the end

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Alex Nelson
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Lexi Titterington
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Beautiful place to take the dog and family. Only thing I’d say is wear a hat as it is utterly PLAGUED with horseflies who bite.

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Kamil Dasgupta
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Edoardo Pavan
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Laura Vincent
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This is a really nice walk with varied scenery. The Druid’s Temple is really different, and worth the visit alone. The second part of the walk - when you leave the road not long after crossing the ford - is overgrown and very muddy in places. It was also plagued by horse flies which made it unpleasant.

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Sara Garnett
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Really nice trail and great views. We went on a really windy day and there was quite a lot of flooding around (not dangerous to us though) but it didn’t stop us. Beautiful views and the temple at the end of the walk was great. Highly recommended.

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Fraser Allan
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Nice route but late in the day so a bit rushed but even with a couple of 12yr olds it was 2.25 hours. Last leg up the hill to the cafe was really muddy and all got wet feet. Wellies needed for this section!

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Stephen Coghlin
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Great little circuit for young kids with some great views. There’s also a quality cafe with a play area and barn for arts and crafts and a mini aviary.

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Lizzie Coates
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Walked this trail in July. It started off well, beautiful views and the route was clear, then as the walk went on we found it very overgrown in parts, full of tall nettles in areas and we had to tread very carefully over rocky streams (even the dog had to be carried in parts!) However, this was a very picturesque hike!

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Andy Warner
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

Great walk until you have to cut back along the stream/river edge. We did it in July and it’s very overgrown, full of nettles and boggy under foot. Stunning views on the rest of the walk though!

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Patrick samuel
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Nice walk,around 2 hours, the druids temple is worth seeing

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Lucy B
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Great walk, did in about 2hours. Ideal having a cafe at the end after an incline! Really good views and a variety of terrain making it an interesting & varied route. Will do again!

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Anders McLocklan
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James Richardson
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