Masham and the surroundings
The nearest local centre is the historic market town of Masham, 6 miles away, which is situated in the lower reaches of pretty Wensleydale, alongside the River Ure. Set in gently rolling farmland, the town boasts a huge market square, The Black Sheep and Theakstons breweries (both operate tours), numerous pubs and restaurants, craft /art shops, galleries and a thriving community spirit: the Sheep Fair, Traction Engine Rally, Arts Festival and Victorian Christmas Fair, to name but a few regular events. For a luxurious day out, you could also try Swinton Park’s country spa or their Birds of Prey experience, see www.swintonpark.com. Further information on Masham can be found on www.visitmasham.com.
Fun for the family, we would recommend:
- the absolutely amazing fun-filled Forbidden Corner – not just for children! www.theforbiddencorner.co.uk
- In Upper Nidderdale, Studfold Farm offers trails, walks, adventure activities and general outdoor fun www.studfoldtrails.co.uk whilst How Stean Gorge offers rock climbing, abseiling, high wire, gorge / ghyll scrambling and caving / canoeing. www.howstean.co.uk.
- White Scar Cave, beyond Pateley Bridge, is spectacular and is the longest show cave in Britain. whitescarcave.co.uk
- Brimham Rocks are really popular, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brimham-rocks
- Lightwater Valley, a theme park with over 40 rides and attractions for thrill seekers of all ages! www.lightwatervalley.co.uk
Beautiful and historic abbeys and castles nearby:
- Jervaulx Abbey http://www.jervaulxabbey.com/
- Middleham Castle http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/middleham-castle/
- Bolton Castle https://www.boltoncastle.co.uk/
- Fountains Abbey https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountains-abbey-and-studley-royal-water-garden
Historic York and Harrogate offer everything from small boutique shops to ancient landmarks.