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Bivouac, Druid's Temple and Sole Beck Walk

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Bivouac, Druid's Temple and Sole Beck Walk is a 7.9 kilometer 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, trail running, and nature trips.

Distance: 7.9 km Elevation Gain: 226 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running





historic site

pub walk

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.

14 days ago

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

1 month ago

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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