2nd April 2017

Coach Trip to Masham

Located in Lower Wensleydale, Masham (pronounced Mass’em), is a great base from which to explore this part of North Yorksire.  It lies on the western bank of the River Ure and its name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon "Maessa's Ham", the homestead belonging to Maessa.  Although Masham is a small town it boasts of two working breweries, Black Sheep Brewery and Theakstons, which are situated only a few yards from one another. 

A Walk details to follow

B Walk  Druid Temple Walk      Leader Michael Counter 9.6 mile Moderate

We alight the coach in the market square in Masham town centre and leave passing the Old Theckston’s Brewery. The Ripon Rowl Walk is now followed for about 4.5 miles passing along Low Moor Road and heading onto Broardmires and Hall Wood. The route calls in at the Druid Temple site, an eighteenth century folley created by Willian Danby, a very impressive site. After the temple, the route enters Sole Beck Plantation and then follows Sole Beck Gill downstream.  A short road walk leads to Shaws Bridge and then a riverside walk alongside the River Burn crossing the local golf course until the town of Masham is reached.  Don’t forget to sample the local beers of a small town noted for two breweries.    

C Walk Hackfall Wood Follies        Leader Barbara Sharples   8 miles Moderate
We start the walk at the Market Cross in Masham and head towards the River Ure. We follow the river along the Rippon Rowley Walk via Low Burn Bridge.  We then leave the river bank and take the higher route through Nutwith Cote Wood to avoid a lot of mud!  We reach Hackfall broad-leafed ancient woodland to enjoy original features such as grottos and glades, rustic temples and waterfalls. Hackfall is now a Grade 1 listed garden.  Time here for photography.  To return to Masham we take a track through Nutwith Common and on to Roomer Farm and Swinton Hall.  Expect mud, a climb, seven stiles, a couple of streams to cross on stepping stones and finally  a bit of tarmac back to our start.

D Walk    Leader Roger Haythornthwaite        6 miles                 Moderate

From Masham Town Square, we follow a road through the town to the Parish Church.  Then we continue to walk down to a track, part of the Ripon Rowel Walk, and follow the RIVER URE to LOW BURN BRIDGE.  Footpaths are now followed along the RIVER BURN to SHAWS BRIDGE and then a lane to SWINTON SAW MILL. The Ripon Rowel Walk is again walked to LOW MOOR LANE and part of MICKLEBURY LANE and the final stretch is a straight one-mile path back into Masham.

Blackburn Coach

08:00     Darwen : Boots Duckworth St

08:05     Darwen : Lynwood Avenue

08:10     Ewood : Empire Theatre

08:15     Blackburn : Penny Street

08:20     Oswaldtwistle : Black Dog

08:25     Oswaldtwistle : The Civic Theatre

08:35     Accrington :Whalley Rd, opposite Music Box 

08:40     Accrington : Victoria Hospital

08:50     Clayton : Hare and Hounds

08:55     Harwood : Nightingales Garage

09:00     Whalley : King Street

09:05     Clitheroe : York Street

Burnley Coach

08:20     Padiham : Town Hall

08:22     Padiham : Whitegates

08:25     Burnley : Tim Bobbin

08:30     Burnley : Bus Station

08:35     Burnley : Brennard Street

08:40     Brierfield : Town Hall

08:45     Nelson : Bus Station

08:50     Nelson : Walton lane, Leeds Road

08:55     Colne : Crown Hotel

09:00     Colne : Library

09:05     Colne : Alkincoates

09:10     Barrowford : Heritage Centre

09:20     Gisburn : White Bull



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