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Things To Do Around Masham

As the gateway to the beautiful Yorkshire Dale of Wensleydale, the market town of Masham has attracted visitors for centuries.

Steeped in history, it boasts one of the oldest markets in the country, first appointed by charter in 1250 and still a bustling community hub every Wednesday and Saturday when it charms visitors and locals alike.

You will be taken aback by the grandeur of the market square.

The elegant Georgian houses date from a time when a booming sheep industry made the area very wealthy.

The industrious monks of the two great Cistercian Monasteries nearby of Jervaulx and Fountains Abbey supplied their flocks to strengthen this trade and boost the importance of the town.

Stretch your legs and try some of the wonderful walks which take in the historic landmarks in and around the area.

There is so much to see and do.

There are several little galleries around the town which are great places for picking up a really unique gift of souvenir.

A must is the fully restored Grade I listed Hackfall Woods, designed by the same John Aislabie who laid out Fountains Abbey and Water Gardens to make 18th century visitors gasp at the grottos, follies and surprise waterfalls.

Similarly sublime, the Druid’s Temple has an air of mysticism and the ancient about it, despite being a 18th century local businessman’s folly – not to be missed!

Masham is just on the edge of Nidderdale (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and is a perfect base for exploring the wider Yorkshire Dales – majestic Wensleydale is on the doorstep with Swaledale just beyond – both easily accessible.

There is wonderful local walking immediately around the town, with plenty to tempt those who are looking for something a bit more challenging further afield!

A prosperous and industrious town led to a thirsty and hungry population and there has always been a rich tradition for producing great food and drink in the area!

The town boasts not just one but two breweries borne of a brewing dynasty which today produces a range of internationally famed craft beers selling across the globe and allowing visitors to slake both their thirst and curiosity.

There is no shortage of great places to eat in and around the town – whether you seek award winning fine dining, a delicious home produced café snack made from local ingredients – or prefer a historic pub at the end of a bracing walk where the dog is also welcome, truly something for everyone!

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  1. Samuel's, at Swinton Park

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    Samuel's, at Swinton Park

    Masham

    Samuel’s is Swinton Park’s renowned 3 AA Rosette restaurant, named after Samuel Cunliffe-Lister who purchased the estate in 1880.

    A large and airy room offering sweeping views over the gardens and Home Lake, it features a beautifully ornate gold-leaf ceiling and enormous marble mantelpiece...

  2. Masham Tourist Information Centre

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    Masham Tourist Information Centre

    Masham

    The Mashamshire Tourist & Community Office opened in July 2003, the result of a local initiative to convert an unused Police House into a one-stop community facility. The Office is in the Little Market Place in front of the imposing Town Hall. The main Market Square with its beautiful Georgian...

  3. Colsterdale Towers

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    Colsterdale Towers

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    Tower

    Masham

    The Colsterdale Towers are a set of three sighting towers in Colsterdale, at the North of the NIdderdale AONB. They were constructued to help engineers cunduct surveys during the construction of the Leighton and Roundhill Reservoirs around the turn of the Century by the Harrogate Water Corporation...

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    Masham Market

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    Market

    Masham

    Market Day in Masham is great day to visit the town for some relaxing dales shopping in the beautiful surroundings of the town’s Georgian market place.

    Masham Market takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays, bringing the best of local market traders and local produce together to the centre of...

  5. Hackfall Woods

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    Hackfall Woods

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    Forest

    Masham

    Hackfall is a stunning woodland site near Masham, with lakes, waterfalls, follies and an intricate network of paths to explore stretching along the banks of the River Ure.

    There is something about the wild splendour of Hackfall Woods that simply inspires creativity.

    Nineteenth century writers...

  6. The Druid's Temple

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    The Druid's Temple

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    Historic Site

    Masham

    The Druid’s Temple in Ripon is in fact not a real temple, but a nineteenth century folly.

    Styled after stone circles and well known prehistoric monuments such as Stonehenge.

    The Druids Temple was built to alleviate local unemployment, allowing William Danby, a wealthy landowner of the time to pay...

  7. Masham Swifts Town Trail

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    Masham Swifts Town Trail

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    Town Walk

    Masham’s tall stone buildings have made it a popular town for the swift, a bird which nests in the eves and for many is the soundtrack of summer evenings with its distinctive screeching call. 

    The large open shape of Masham’s Market Place makes the perfect arena for their highspeed frantic...

  8. ArtisOn

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    ArtisOn

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    Craft Centre

    Masham

    You won’t believe the range of things you can do at ArtisOn!  We offer a huge range of art and craft experience days, in Masham, just half an hour from Harrogate, on the edge of the Dales.  Relax and try your hand at anything from painting to making a stained glass panel, from learning to crochet...

  9. Swinton Park Country Club and Spa

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    Swinton Park Country Club and Spa

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    Spa

    The multi-million pound Swinton Country Club & Spa, due to launch summer 2017, is a new concept for UK spas. Spacious, contemporary and reflecting every bit of its 20,000-acre environment and Yorkshire heritage: the experience will be world class.

    Relaxing spaces, stunning facilities, inspired...

  10. Jervaulx Abbey to Thornton Steward

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    Jervaulx Abbey to Thornton Steward

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    Walking Route

    Masham

    Starting and finishing at the fascinating ruins of Jervaulx Abbey, this walk takes you through stunning parkland, over lush pasture fields and through the historic village of Thornton Steward.

    Nearest town: Masham.  

    Length: 7 miles (11km).  

    Time (approx): 3-4 hours.  

    Difficulty:...

  11. The Himalayan Garden

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    The Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park

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    Garden

    Ripon

    We are able to supply the rarer and more unusual varieties of Species and Hybrid Rhododendrons as well as Azaleas, Magnolias, Cornus and other Himalayan plants. Our plants come in a variety of sizes from small to specimen plants for immediate impact. The majority of our Rhododendron's and Azalea's...

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