There are so many delightful places to visit within a short distance, including: Thorpe Perrow Arboretum, 3m, Himalayan Gardens, 4m, Hackfall Woods, 3m, Jervaulx Abbey 3m, Fountains Abbey, 10m, Ripon Cathedral & town 9m Middleham 8m, Leyburn 10m, Forbidden Corner 11m, Lightwater Valley 5m.
Nature and Recreation –There are many beautiful walks of varying lengths, from the site, and in the local area, providing a healthy and beneficial break. Some walks take you along the tranquil banks of the River Ure, where kingfishers and otters are often spotted, and leads to a wetlands area nature reserve, famous for its diversity of water fowl including ducks, geese and swans, herons, and many other water loving birds.
History and Recreation – If it is recreation splashed with history you would enjoy, then Hackfall Woods, restored by the Woodland Trust is the place for you. Hiding many interesting follies and a lake with a fountain fed by gravity, which will surprise you with its high jet of water at irregular intervals, it is truly a walk to remember, and one of the most beautiful in Yorkshire, with views across open countryside which the artist JWM Turner was particularly impressed by. An information board is positioned in the historic market square which depicts this fact.
More Walks – Another interesting but challenging walk to Druids Temple begins in the town. This leads through open county side and along lanes to a most interesting folly created in 1820 by William Danby, in the image of Stonehenge, but much smaller. Situated in open woodland this will fascinate the adventure seeker, where there is an excellent cafe nearby for a tasty reward for your efforts. The views from here are a reward also, of a large swathe of North Yorkshire. Well worth the
Lesser strolls round town include the historic ‘Masham Leaves’ walk, created especially for Masham using stone from this Station for oak leaf sculptures marking the town’s historic and significant places. There is also a newly created Swift Trail celebrating the presence of our winged summer residents, illustrated with artistically created sculptures. Leaflets are available in reception and in the Community Office.
A Few Interesting Facts The town houses two of the country’s most famous small breweries Theakston and Black Sheep, both well worth a visit, and has a market cross central to one of the largest market squares in England, which has a unique history of sheep sales at the turn of the century, depicted in modern times by the famous Sheep Fair, held for charity at the end of September each year. A market takes place on Wednesday and Saturday, and most weekends in summer there are events and exhibitions in the many unique galleries and impressive Town Hall which boasts an entertainment programme the envy of many larger venue.
In July we hold our famous ‘Masham Steam Rally’ to where exhibitors and visitors flock from all areas of the country, another Masham Event not to be missed. The beautiful and very impressive St Mary’s Church stands at the Eastern corner of the square and is well worth a visit.
Food Venues: If it’s a rest for the cook you are seeking there are a plethora of delicious eating venues, from a four rosette, stately home of Swinton Park, now with some of the best Spa facilities in the country with bistro, Vennells, a Michelin stared restaurant, and other delicious food providers, including the fabulous Black Sheep bistro, four pubs, and two brilliant cafes.
Masham is also central for many beautiful and fascinating visitor attractions, as well as the irresistible and breathtaking Yorkshire Dales. Ripon, Harrogate and Fountains Abbey to the south, Bedale and Richmond to the North, Middleham, Leyburn and Hawes to the West, and surrounded by a wealth of historic abbeys, houses and gardens, why would you want to go anywhere else?