Visit this fascinating replica of Stonehenge, on this lovely walk from Masham.
The walk starts in the market town of Masham in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire. The attractive town has some fine Georgian architecture and has some nice riverside footpaths along the River Ure and River Burn.
From the town you head west along the Ripon Rowel long distance trail. It will take you towards Micklebury Hill and across Fearby Moor, with nice views of the River Burn. The route then climbs on to the wooded area where you will find the Druids Temple structure. It was built in about 1820 by William Danby of nearby Swinton Park. The site includes a large stone table, a sheltered cave, and an altar stone. It became a folly of national reputation and is still an impressive sight. Situated at over 800ft there are great views over Wensleydale from the Druid's Plantation surrounding the folly.
After exploring the folly and the woodland, the walk then descends to High Knowle and the pretty Sole Beck before picking up the Ripon Rowel to take you back to Masham.
To extend the walk you could continue west and visit Leighton Reservoir and Roundhill Reservoir. There's some nice trails along the water and up into the surrounding moorland. Around here you can also pick up the Six Dales Trail.
Druids Temple Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Druids Temple Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Druids Temple OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Druids Temple Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Near the site we recommend a visit to the Black Swan at Fearby. They do great food and also provide good quality accommodation if you need to stay over. Inside there's an attractive olde interior with a number of aerial photographs on the wall. Outside there's a lovely patio area where you can enjoy view across the Dale. You can find the inn at Fearby near Masham, with a postcode of HG4 4NF for your sat navs. The inn is also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.