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Swinton Bivouac Walk is a 14.9 mile loop trail located near Ripon, North Yorkshire, England that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 14.9 mi Elevation gain 2,221 ft Route type Loop
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Getting There

A circular walk from the Swinton Bivouac site within Swinton Estate, North Yorkshire. There is something for everyone on this route as you pass through the quaint village of Ilton and onto Ilton Moor with breath-taking views down onto Roundhill and Leighton Reservoir. The Bothy Hut is en-route which is a perfect picnic location, picnics can be pre-ordered at Swinton Park and be waiting for your arrival at the Bothy Hut. On this route you will walk a portion of The Six Dales Trail, taking you through classic Dales pastures with beautiful stone walls and old stone farmhouses. 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 walk follows several long climbs and descents throughout. It follows a mixture of paths and tracks through fields, pastures and moorland, plus a few sections along quiet lanes. You will be sharing many of the fields with sheep and cattle and you will need to negotiate gates, footbridges and stone wall stiles. The paths high on the moor are very exposed so remember to dress appropriately. Please keep dogs on a lead on the moorland, to protect the ground-nesting birds. 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 7 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 Bothy Hut is en-route which is a perfect picnic location, picnics can be pre-ordered at Swinton Park and be waiting for your arrival at the Bothy Hut.

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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Matt Jackson
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Great walk through a range of terrain, some on road. Dog needs to be on a lead for most of the walk due to livestock, birds and roads .

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Rach wadworth
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Lovely walk as described. Completed at the end of August whilst the heather was I'm full bloom, which made the walk all the more beautiful. We walked down to the reservoir instead of doing the entire loop in the moors. It made for a pretty alternative and made the route approx a couple of miles shorter.

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C M
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Carl Pullen
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Thomas Beardsworth
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Ginta Re
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Rita Ant
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kate kate
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Michelle Pirie
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