Think of a dales town, and Masham is very much what you have in mind, a charming Yorkshire Dales town on the northern edge of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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With a unique selection of high quality shops, galleries, cafés and restaurants there is plenty to entertain the casual browser and even more for the inquisitive visitor keen to explore.
Combined with a weekly market and rich stunning countryside in every direction, this iconic town is a must for those looking to experience the true Yorkshire.
What’s Best about Masham?
The charming Georgian Market place is the heart of the town, giving a feeling of open space and fresh air regardless of the time of year, and allows visitors to stroll at their leisure free from the worries of traffic.
It sits on the River Ure, at the foot of Wensleydale, one of the best known and most striking of the Yorkshire Dales. From here you can drive south to Upper or Lower Nidderdale, explore further west into the Dales or make a short hop in the other direction to Ripon or Harrogate.
July sees the annual Masham Steam Engine and Fair Organ Rally, as well as the best of local produce there are a range of steam and traction engines in steam and operating. These one functional yet beautiful machines capture the romance of a bygone age for all the family.
At the end of September the town commemorates its woolly history with the lively annual Masham Sheep Fair. Competitions and sales of rare breeds, demonstrations and sheep racing are just some of the entertainments of offer.
Hidden Gems of Masham.
Hackfall Woods and the Druids Temple are just two of the nearby Victorian sites of follies; structures built for no purpose other than to build them, partly as status symbols and partly to provide employment during times of economic hardship.
The area around the town is known locally as Mashamshire and is land of curious follies and historic buildings and structures just waiting to be explored…
Beer! – put simply.
Two great breweries operate in this small market town and both offer tours and gifts, while the many pubs just a stone’s throw from the breweries will provide the perfect opportunity to sample the range of delicious ales lovingly crafted in the town, and you’ll find no better steak and ale pie than one made with either Riggwelter, or Old Peculiar.
Take your time to sample both, and decide which you prefer. This can take several nights, but with some great accommodation it’s a perfect place to spend some time.
Getting to Masham.
The town sits on the A6108, roughly half way between Leyburn, and the city of Ripon.
Using the A1: Coming from the south take junction 50, and follow signs along the A6055 then B6267, from the North take Junction 51 for Bedale, leaving Bedale on the B6268 and follow the road signs.
Parking in town could not be more convenient with a large car park on the market square, putting everything within walking distance.
20 Minutes from Ripon
30 minutes from Pateley Bridge
40 minutes from Harrogate