Swinton Park Estate
Explore the Swinton Estate on this circular walk in North Yorkshire.
The park covers 200 acres and includes miles of footpaths taking you to parkland, woodland, lakes and gardens.
The castle is the seat of the Earl of Swinton and has now been converted into a hotel. If you're a resident you can enjoy the parkland for no extra charge but if not you can still gain access for a fee (£5 for adults at time of writing).
Park highlights include the resident herd of fallow deer, views of the River Ure, heather moorland, the Walled Garden and the backdrop of some lovely Yorkshire Dales countryside. After your exercise head to The Bivouac cafe where you can sit outside on the nice patio and enjoy refreshments.
To continue your walking in the area try our Masham Circular Walk or visit the fascinating Druids Temple. The site includes an early 19th century replica of Stonehenge surrounded by attractive woodland. Also on the wider estate are some nice waterside trails along Leighton Reservoir and Roundhill Reservoir just to the west of the park. Just to the north you can pick up the Ripon Rowel. The waymarked trail explores this area of the Nidderdale AONB.
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Swinton Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Swinton Park Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Swinton Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Swinton Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Just to the north of the park you can pay 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.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The circular Masham Leaves Walk is another popular short route to try in the town. The circular walk takes you to 6 interesting limestone sculptures dotted around the town and surrounding countryside. There's also nice riverside stretches along the the River Ure and River Burn.