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Masham Circular Walk

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Masham Circular Walk is a 6.1 kilometer loop trail located near Masham, North Yorkshire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and bird watching.

Distance: 6.1 km Elevation Gain: 140 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


trail running


bird watching



pub walk

A circular walk between Swinton Park and the North Yorkshire market town of Masham. This is a lovely varied walk, enjoying beautiful riverside paths alongside the River Burn and River Ure and visiting the bustling town of Masham. There are plenty of opportunities for dogs to take a paddle in the rivers. The town is known for its two breweries; Theakstons and Black Sheep Brewery. 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. The walk is relatively flat, with only a few steady gradients and nothing too steep. It follows a mixture of unmade riverside paths and quiet lanes (so take care of any traffic). Some stretches of the riverbanks can become muddy and a little overgrown at times (so long trousers are recommended). Most of the route is free from livestock, but you will cross one pasture that is likely to be holding sheep. You will need to negotiate a few gates, some steps plus 5 stiles (including V-shaped stiles, vertical wooden rung stiles and wire fence stepovers). The stiles all have fence gaps suitable for up to medium dogs to squeeze through (our standard poodle just fitted), but larger dogs may need a lift over. One stretch of the walk follows the edge of a golf course, so watch out for any stray flying balls. Allow 2 hours. There are plenty of options when it comes to facilities. You will find the Terrace Restaurant and Bar within the Swinton Hotel complex at the start and end of the walk. The bar area is dog-friendly, there is a beautiful courtyard garden and walkers will receive a warm welcome. If you want a mid-walk pit stop, there are plenty of pubs and tea rooms plus public toilets available in the market place in Masham.

1 month ago

nice and easy walk. most difficult part is 1 high sty

25 days ago

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