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Swinton Bivouac and Swinton Park Walk is a 2.8 mile point-to-point trail located near Middleham, North Yorkshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length2.8 miElevation gain242 ftRoute typePoint to point
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningRiverViewsWildflowersWildlife
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NOTE: The final part of this walk is through parkland which is open every day from 10am to dusk and where ENTRANCE FEES APPLY (see below). A linear or there-and-back walk from Swinton Bivouac to Swinton Park within Swinton Estate in North Yorkshire. NOTE: The reverse version of this walk (Park to Bivouac) is available as a separate guide on AllTrails. In this direction, the walk leads you from Swinton Bivouac (home to the tree lodges, yurts and Bistro cafe) to Swinton Park (home to the hotel and Terrace bar) to Swinton Bivouac. Along the way you will discover several rolling grass pastures, the ruins of Lobley Hall, a wild stretch of path alongside Sole Beck and Swinton Park (with its beautiful walled garden, deer park and lakes). This walk is 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 route follows permissive paths within Swinton Park (provided with permission of Swinton Estate) plus public footpaths on the wider estate. Entrance Fees apply for the parkland area (£5 per adult and £2.50 per child), payable on your return leg. The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, including a couple of fairly steep sections. Whilst most of the walk is on well-made paths and open pastures, there is one stretch of streamside path which is rocky underfoot, can be overgrown with bracken and includes a couple of very short but sharp scrambles (where hands may be needed). You will need to negotiate gates, steps plus 5 fence stiles (there are some makeshift dog gaps alongside, but you may need to give your dog a lift). The walk crosses several pastures that may be holding sheep and cattle. 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 1.5 hours (each way). There are plenty of options when it comes to facilities. At the start of your walk you will find the Bistro Cafe at Swinton Bivouac (which is full-licensed and dog-friendly, providing breakfast, light bites or hearty Yorkshire meals). At the end of your walk you will find The Terrace Bar and Restaurant (the bar area is dog-friendly, there is a beautiful courtyard garden and walkers will receive a warm welcome).

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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