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The Romans had a presence here, but the first permanent settlers were the Angles. Around 900 AD the Vikings invaded, burning and laying waste to the church. They also introduced sheep farming, for which the town is still known.

Masham was historically a large parish in the North Riding of Yorkshire. As well as the town of Masham the parish included the townships of Burton-on-Yore, Ellingstring, Ellington High and Low, Fearby, Healey with Sutton, Ilton cum Pott and Swinton] In 1866 the townships became separate civil parishes. Masham Moor was an area of moorland to the west of the parish bordering the West Riding, common to the parishes of Masham and East Witton. It was divided between the parishes of Healey, Ilton cum Pott and Colsterdale in 1934.

The area of the ancient parish, except Burton-on-Yore, was known as Mashamshire from the 12th century or earlier.

St Mary’s Church was most likely founded in the seventh century and stood somewhere near the present town hall on what used to be known as Cockpit Hill. The graveyard yielded 36 burials in a recent excavation. The present church – while having some Anglo-Saxon stonework and the stump of an eighth-century prayer cross – is mainly Norman with fifteenth-century additions. Masham was given to York Minster in the medieval period but, as the archbishop did not wish to make the long journey north to oversee the town’s affairs, the parish was designated a peculiar.

During the Middle Ages, Masham developed as a very small town with milling, mining, cloth making and tanning industries] The town received its first market charter in 1251. Masham’s importance as a major sheep market is the reason for the large market place and its Georgian houses. The market originally thrived because of its nearness to Jervaulx and Fountains Abbeys, with their large flocks of sheep.

From 1875 the town was served by the Masham branch of the North Eastern Railway. Passenger services were stopped in December 1930 with goods traffic continuing until 1963. The station was across the River Ure at Low Burton.


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​Masham boasts one of the largest and finest market squares in England, famous for its sheep sales where in the past as many as 70,000 sheep were sold each year.

The popular Masham Sheep Fair commemorates these times, raising much money for charity, and filling the town with sheepy fun and entertainment. Masham is a wonderful market town which is worth visiting at any time of year, as well as during the Sheep Fair! It’s also a great base for exploring the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

Events include an action packed programme on  both Saturday and Sunday, with sheep showing, Sheep Racing, Craft Market, Bishop Blaize Procession, Fleece Stalls, Sheepdog Demonstrations, Hand Bell Ringers, Morris Dancers, Art Exhibition and Tours of Theakstons & Black Sheep Breweries, as well as a small Children’s Fair. The theme for the flower display in St. Mary’s Church will be “A Harvest of Fruit”.


Susan Cunliffe-Lister and a band of willing volunteers started the Sheep Fair 30 years ago. It was intended as a one-off to raise money for farmers in Africa – Sheep Aid. We raised £7,950 and it was decided to make It an annual event, raising money for local charities. Since then we have raised £158,700 for Yorkshire charities. We kept going through the two Foot & Mouth affected years with ‘scarecrow shepherds and sheep’. We used to have a sale of rare breeds on the Sunday but the biosecurity after the foot & mouth outbreak made this too difficult. This led to new activities such as the very popular sheep racing, sheepdog display with the ducks and the Sheep Show, sponsored by Black Sheep Brewery. ​

Masham’s Expanding Market – Full of charm and character, a market is more than it’s produce…There’s something primitive about an outdoor market that can’t be resisted, whether it’s the sensory explosion of smells, sounds and contrasts of colour and textures pulling you in different directions, or the orderly chaos of stall holders setting up and extroverts promoting their products, you’re pulled into the Town’s personality for the day.Seeking out our market when you’re visiting will give you an earthy insight into Masham. Not only can you stock up on supplies or treat loved ones back home to a gift, but if you perch yourself on the edge of the market with a brew in hand, you can absorb the atmosphere. Enjoy some people watching whilst appreciating the beautiful historic buildings that surround the market and chat to our friendly locals to get the low down on what to do in Masham. There are plenty of independent shops and hidden amenities that surround the market place too, so do explore the nooks and crannies around our town and visit Mashamshire Community Office where we can give you some advice on what to do during your visit.The present square with its beautiful Georgian houses was created in the 18th century and is still going strong, some say now more than ever. Councillor Ian Johnson (left) tells us, “we’ve bucked the trend in markets, we’ve increased the number of stalls and increased the footfall post COVID, it’s a nice little market. Because we’ve got this large open space, we can have a safe market, people can walk about and there’s no traffic, that’s what makes people feel safe”.The market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year and there is also a farmers’ market the first Sunday of the month throughout spring and summer. Be sure to add it to your to do list when you next visit Masham!Don’t forget to book your accommodation, there are plenty of beautiful options to choose from to suit varying budgets from guest houses, self catered cottages to pubs, you really are spoilt for choice! Top Tip! Remember to touch base with venues and/or organisers before travelling, to stay up to date with the latest information. Please remain sympathetic to the tourist and hospitality sector as organisations do their best to work through the implications of COVID, track and trace and the current “pingdemic”.Quirky Colloquialisms with ToshNeil (Tosh to friends) is our Information Officer here at MCO and is Masham’s Tourist Information guru. Here he is with this editions QC…“Masham takes its name from an Angle named Maessa who was a landowner here. Maessa’s Ham meant Maessa’s settlement. The name is entirely English (Angleish) with no Danish or British (Welsh) elements. Angles came to this area starting in the 5th Century AD from the part Baltic coast which is now the border between Denmark and Germany. The British people who were already here most likely amalgamated with the incomers. Some pockets of Welsh speakers survived almost to the Norman conquest. Many names of physical features are of Welsh origin. Yorkshire’s most vibrant City has a Welsh name – Lleodis (Leeds).”Don’t forget to book your accommodation, there are plenty of beautiful options to choose from to suit varying budgets from guest houses, self catered cottages to pubs, you really are spoilt for choice!


Tyneside folk-rock pioneers, Lindisfarne first grabbed the attention of the country in 1970 with their debut album Nicely Out of Tune. There followed a string of memorable albums and chart hits.

TOURISM INFORMATION AT MASHAMSHIRE COMMUNITY OFFICE – Open 10am-3pm Mon-Sat – (12noon-2pm Sundays during August)

We are open to the public and operating in a “Covid-Secure” way for:

  • Walks and maps
  • Local information on places to visit
  • Accommodation info
  • Travel and transport info
  • Advice and guidance on where to stay
  • Public access to a PC and internet
  • Tennis court and racket hire
  • Jigsaw library and second-hand books (perfect for holiday reading!)

Masham on the Map for Biking

It’s not just the Tour de Yorkshire that made Masham the place to explore on two wheels, our locals have been loving the terrain for years and here’s why… The scenery around Masham is quite frankly out of this world and not even the locals take it for granted! What better way to feel connected to nature and the landscape here, than to feel the earth beneath you, inhale the smell of fresh pine needles and indigenous trees as you brush past them on your bicycle? Catch your breath at the top of another steep hill and gaze down at the picturesque scenery below.

  Harry Kitching (pictured) is a young local biking enthusiast and he tells us why he enjoys biking in and around Mashamshire, “I love it because it’s great being outdoors with your mates, meeting new people and it’s a good community of people. It helps me keep fit, I love being outside and the buzz of the fast down hill and jumps.”

 On a clear night the sky is just as beautiful and a visit to Lime Tree Observatory gives you the opportunity to hear from the professionals and appreciate the skyline through their huge 610mm diameter “JW24” telescope!

 If you’d like to get on your bike and ride this year, come and check out Swinton Bivouac’s bike trails or pop into Mashamshire Community Office and pick up a family friendly bike route designed in partnership with Cycopath Cycles. The route starts and ends in Masham Market Place (for those of you that would rather relax at a local cafe and await the return of loved ones keen to ride). Find out whether they uncover the hidden caches en route using the “What 3 Words” app – remember to take a little something with you to trade in exchange of cached goodies ready for the next adventurer!

Hire your bikes from Stef at Cycopath Cycles and he will even deliver to your door! How about that for service? Bringing your own bike? Stef also provides service and repairs should you need it whilst visiting.

Don’t forget to book your accommodation, there are plenty of beautiful options to choose from to suit varying budgets from guest houses, self catered cottages to pubs, you really are spoilt for choice!

Top Tip!

Remember to touch base with venues and/or organisers before travelling, to stay up to date with the latest information. Please remain sympathetic to the tourist and hospitality sector as organisations do their best to work through the implications of COVID, track and trace and the current “pingdemic”.

 Quirky Colloquialisms

with Tosh

Neil (Tosh to friends) is our Information Officer here at MCO and is Masham’s Tourist Information guru. A fitting QC today as we approach the Sheep Fair…

“Yow is the term used to refer to a female sheep. Think of sow for female pig and of course of cow for cattle. They all come from Old High German. The term is prevalent in the North Riding, Cumbria, Durham and Northumbria and over the border into Southern Scotland – the areas which spoke the Northumbrian dialect rather than the Mercian one. Northumbria being the Northern Anglian

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Mashamshire Community Office

7 Little Market Place, Masham, HG4 4DY

01765 680200

Mashamshire Community Office

7 Little Market Place, Masham, HG4 4DY – – 01765 680200

Masham was historically a large parish in the North Riding of Yorkshire. As well as the town of Masham the parish included the townships of Burton-on-Yore, Ellingstring, Ellington High and Low, Fearby, Healey with Sutton, Ilton cum Pott and Swinton. In 1866 the townships became separate civil parishes. Masham Moor was an area of moorland to the west of the parish bordering the West Riding, common to the parishes of Masham and East Witton. It was divided between the parishes of Healey, Ilton cum Pott and Colsterdale in 1934.

The area of the ancient parish, except Burton-on-Yore, was known as Mashamshire from the 12th century or earlier.

St Mary’s Church was most likely founded in the seventh century and stood somewhere near the present town hall on what used to be known as Cockpit Hill. The graveyard yielded 36 burials in a recent excavation. The present church while having some Anglo-Saxon stonework and the stump of an eighth-century prayer cross — is mainly Norman with fifteenth-century additions. Masham was given to York Minster in the medieval period but, as the archbishop did not wish to make the long journey north to oversee the town’s affairs, the parish was designated a peculiar.

During the Middle Ages, Masham developed as a very small town with milling, mining, cloth making and tanning industries. The town received its first market charter in 1251. Masham’s importance as a major sheep market is the reason for the large marketplace and its Georgian houses. The market originally thrived because of its nearness to Jervaulx and Fountains Abbeys, with their large flocks of sheep.

From 1875 the town was served by the Masham branch of the North Eastern Railway. Passenger services were stopped in December 1930 with goods traffic continuing until 1963. The station was across the River Ure at Low Burton.

On 5 July 2014, the Tour de France Stage 1 from Leeds to Harrogate passed through the town.

Masham market days are Wednesday, Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday with a Farmers’ Market every first Sunday of the month from April to September.[12] An annual Sheep Fair is held in September. The market place, the largest in the district, is tightly bordered on its south and west sides by ranges of two- and three-storey buildings. To the south-east, lies St. Mary’s Church with its large yard.

Black Sheep Brewery

Theakston Brewery

Although Masham is a relatively small town it has two working breweries, Black Sheep Brewery and Theakstons, situated only a few hundred yards from one another. The Black Sheep Brewery sponsors annual folk festivals. Previous performers have included Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers. The town was also for a long time home to Lightfoot Brewery. this was bought by the Theakston family and closed in the 1920s. The Lightfoot brewery buildings are now used by Black Sheep.

The Masham Steam Engine & Fair Organ Rally has held annually, organised by the Masham Town Hall Association; it began in 1965 to raise money for the local town hall. The town holds an arts festival every two years.

Masham Walks

Masham Circular Walk is a 6.1-kilometre loop trail located near Masham, North Yorkshire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and bird watching. see more at Masham Circular Walk is a 6.1-kilometre loop trail located near Masham, North Yorkshire, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and bird watching

A circular walk exploring the countryside and rivers around the small town of Masham in North Yorkshire. The walk includes lovely riverside stretches along the River Burn and the River Ure. You’ll also pass close to the Swinton Estate with its deer park and expansive parkland.
The route starts in the town centre which includes a nice Market Place and some fine Georgian architecture. You head east from the town to the River Ure, where you pick up a nice riverside footpath. After about half a mile you turn west to pick up a trail along the River Burn. The river passes close to the village of Swinton which includes Swinton Park. The country house is now a hotel set in 200 acres of parkland, lakes and gardens. You can visit the estate, explore the beautiful gardens and watch out for the resident fallow deer.
The walk continues past Swinton Moor before picking up a section of the Ripon Rowel long distance trail. You follow the waymarked trail through the countryside to return to the town.
To extend your walking around Masham follow footpaths north from the town to the nearby Marfield Wetlands Nature Reserve. The peaceful reserve is home to a variety of species of bird and includes several ponds located next to the River Ure. If you head south you can visit Hackfall Woods and the village of Grewelthorpe.
Other walks in the area include the splendid climb to the fascinating Druids Temple. You can follow the Ripon Rowel from the town to the site,

you will find an early 19th century replica of Stonehenge surrounded by attractive woodland.
Also near the town is Leighton Reservoir and Roundhill Reservoir. These bodies of water are also located to the west of the town near the Druid’s Temple

A lovely short walk to find the Masham Leaves, six stone sculptures located in and around Masham and including some lovely sections alongside the River Ure and River Burn.

Summary: Masham holds fond memories for me. It was the first place I got to know after leaving my home village and travelling the country working in the water industry. It was the summer of 1976, the very long hot one which led government ministers to seek the help of Indian rain dancers to break the drought. I have designed this walk to follow the paths I used in 1976 when travelling to and from work and those I used with new friends I met in Masham who showed me the places to visit within walking distance in the local area. I will tell you a few of the stories from 1976 on the way so let’s go, shall we?

The Walk:

Masham market day

Following the Ripon Rowel from Masham

Masham is a small market town in the heart of North Yorkshire. It has a lovely town square where small markets selling local produce are held on a Wednesday. Can you guess which day I did this walk? I set off from the village square and followed the route of the Ripon Rowel along Red Lane and past Theakstons Brewery, famous for Old Peculiar. Now here is the first tale of 1976. In those days Theakstons left a barrel of beer outside the gates for passers-by to sample the brew. We, my working colleagues and I often did. Just one of course. That tradition no longer occurs, there was no barrel to be seen as I walked past the gates. From Red Lane, I followed Westholme Lane and then turned left as the road swung to the right to follow Foxholme Lane past the Jameson Animal Feeds factory. After the works, all became rural as I continued along the Ripon Rowel.

Following a good path across countryside

Across the Broad Bean Field

My walk so far was so familiar. I had walked the path many times in 1976 as I was staying in the nearby village of Fearby while working in Masham. To get to my temporary home after a weekend afternoon or evening in town I walked the exact path I was now following back to my accommodation. I was so full of nostalgia and I recalled it was as beautiful now as it was back in those youthful times, the lanes being closely edged by lush green growth and masses of nettles set just enough from the path as to not sting me. The fields were just the same too, all arable – some with cereal crops and some with broad beans but this time not ripe enough for sampling. If the path had to cross fields the farmers provided generous wayleave for walkers.

After meeting the gentleman

Havernook Lane

After following the Ripon Rowel across the fields I came to Micklebury Lane and followed the road south towards Havernook Lane. As I walked down the road I met an elderly gentleman who was out for his daily stroll. We chatted for a few minutes talking about the pleasant weather and lovely scenery we were both enjoying. e then parted company and as he continued north in the direction from which I had walked down the road I turned to a south east direction and walked along Havernook lane towards Shaws Bridge. I crossed the small road bridge over the River Burn and soon after left the roadside.

River Burn near Shaws Bridge

Woodland path beside the River Burn

I walked leisurely across a field to the bank side of the River Burn. It is a delightful minor river which originates on Steel House Moor north of Lofthouse in Nidderdale and flows east for about 10 miles until it flows into the River Ure. Following the river for its full length is feasible and would make a good walk; one for the future perhaps. Today I would now follow it to its end.

In the deep and dark woods

A clear message

I strolled through delightful native woodland beside the River Burn for a quarter-mile. It was a thoroughly enjoyable section of walking with the serene sound of bird song accompanying me until I came out of the woods near to Masham Golf Course. A notice posted to a tree warned me to keep to the designated path. I thought “why would I not do so?”, preferring the natural beauty over the manufactured landscape. After crossing the Masham to Swinton road I continued on the path and keeping close to the river in a direction due east with the outlying holes of the golf club to my right.

The River Burn flows towards the Ure

Copse near Low Burn Bridge

After passing the range of the longest drivers I continued alongside the river, ever as beautiful as before. I came to a bend in the river as it coursed south for about 200 metres and then to another bend as it reverted to eastbound. On each bend, I stopped on shingle banks to stand quietly and watch the wildlife enjoying the environment around and in the river. Ducks and Moorhen were abundant here, enjoying their peaceful haven which I dared not to disturb. It was magical just to stand still and observe. After the meandering section of river, I continued on through a small woodland copse where I inadvertently flushed a Pheasant from its hide in a thicket of fern. As a matter of fact it startled me as much as I startled it.

Low Burn Bridge

River Ure near Masham

On emerging from the copse I reached Low Burn Bridge, another place of the memories of 1976. While staying in the area I had befriended a group of local lads from Masham who, around teatime on a Saturday would walk down from town to Low Burn Bridge and lay fishing lines in the river. Not exactly legal, the river is part of the Swinton Estate and fishing without a license was strictly barred; a carrot of an incentive to young lads. After the pubs closed we would all go down to the river and recover the lines to see what bounty we had caught. I will never forget the day I was carrying one of the ill-gotten trout in my hands when, on passing the first houses in Masham, the freshly caught trout stirred and leapt out of my hand and over a high hedge into the garden. I have always hoped the householders were very pleased with their unexpected gift.

On reaching the road I crossed Low Burn Bridge and resumed my acquaintance with the Ripon Rowel to follow the River Burn on its final stretch to the River Ure. This was via another lovely woodland section of walking which ended where the Burn met the Ure. I emerged from the wood to the edge of a huge wheat field which I would follow around all the way back to Masham. On the field side were plenty of paths leading down to the side of the River Ure. At the first opportunity, I did so, very near to where the River Burn ended to have my lunch. The lunchtime scene I enjoyed is the picture, above right. As I sat on a rock down by the river I watched out for Trout leaping from the river for flies. They did not disappoint and then it happened, one of those WOW moments I so wish for when out walking. As I sat quietly a Kingfisher flew right past me, directly in my eye line. It flew along the riverbank, about 6 feet in the air, past the gnarled old tree on the bank in the photograph before flying into cover just beyond it. I was so chuffed I had stopped in this particular spot for lunch.

Scene of teenage swimming exploits

St Marys Church, Masham


After the thrill of the wildlife spectacle during lunch, I continued along the edge of the field until I reached a certain point beside the river where I could drop down to waterside once more. It was where there was a substantial shingle bank on the river and where I had walked to from Masham with my new local friends on a few occasions during that long hot summer of 1976. It was the spot where we used to swim in the River Ure. I happily recalled the halcyon days when we did so, days which were free of stress and so much fun. It was so nostalgic standing on the shingle bank and looking over the scene, though I was not going to jump in this time. I kept the swimming bottled in the past and the memory recaptured in the present.
Climbing back from the riverbank I followed the field side path back towards Masham, leaving the field and the river near the town sewage works and then continuing on a bridleway towards town. Back in town, I took a little time out to sit on the steps of the village cross in the market square and watch the stirrings. The market was still in a bustle of activity. A perfect ending to a special walk down memory lane.

Events at Masham Town Hall

Masham Town Hall Community Charity – Little Market Place Masham HG4 4DY

To ensure no changes have been made phone  – 01765-689702 or 07939-136082 before attending

Perched on the banks of the river Ure, Masham is a thriving and dynamic community steeped in interesting history. Rivers, reservoirs and pastures, woodlands, ancient monuments and breathtaking moorland are right here on our doorstep. Dales and Moors National Parks, cathedral cities and sophisticated spa towns are all in easy reach too. But you won’t run out of things to do in Masham! Here’s a brief summary of things to do in town and very close by…

Walk around town and look for the Masham Bones – the site of 58 skeletons dating from pre-Norman times and find their final resting place in the churchyard. Visit Marfield Wetlands Nature Reserve on the outskirts of town and enjoy some fine bird-watching from one of the hides. Alternatively, just chill out with a picnic while you watch a game of cricket, bowls or tennis at Masham Sports Association. Enjoy the idyllic location next to the river with the Masham skyline as a backdrop. Hire a tennis racket from the Community Office if you have the energy!
Pick up a walking map from the Community Office and take a relaxed walk along the River Ure following the Masham Leaves Trail or how about a steady mooch around Masham looking for the Masham Swift Sculptures? For more challenging walks you can strike out to the stunning Hackfall Woods and enjoy its stunning location and follies. Or, there are unlimited day-walks through woodland, pastures and stunning grouse moors – from rolling hills to more challenging treks. Maps available at the Community Office. If two wheels are more your thing, get on your bike or hire one from Cycopath Cycles – ride the country lanes and bridleways or complete a section of the route of the Tour de France.

Or a few minutes drive from Masham…
Take a walk around Druid’s Temple and Swinton Bivouac, meet the Swinton Birds of Prey and take in the spectacle of Leighton Reservoir and the grouse moors beyond. Or How about trying your hand at fly fishing on the River Ure or Leighton Reservoir? Or a round of golf at Masham Golf Club? Visitors always welcome!
Want more action? – Try your hand at tractor driving – a proper Yorkshire farm experience at Farm Adventures. Or grab your climbing gear – head to the Crags just up the road in Colsterdale or try the high ropes course and zip wires at Aerial Extreme. You could always save your legs and enjoy the scenery with a pony trek from the Masham Riding and Trekking Centre. Or get your eye in for another country pursuit, try clay pigeon shooting at Warren Gill Shooting Ground a few minutes from Masham.

Relax in Masham…

Relax and sip local beer outside one of the four Masham pubs – The Bay HorseThe Bruce Arms and its beer garden with a view, The Kings Head or The White Bear with its sun soaked terrace pictured here. Or sit in the sun with tea and cakes outside Bordar House Teas or take in a unique atmosphere and great coffee at Johnny Bagdad’s Café on the Square. Alternatively, perch on a bench with your traditional fish and chips or your local ice cream and just watch Masham go by.
For more activity, take a brewery tour or two! Theakston Brewery Visitor Centre and Black Sheep Brewery Visitor Centre both offer great insights into the production of their beautiful beers plus a great selection of beers to sample. If you prefer wine, you’ll love a visit to Corks and Cases, independent wine merchant, where you’ll find over 300 wines to choose from plus their brand new “Spirit of Masham” handcrafted gin. Alternatively, hand craft something yourself – switch off, relax and learn a new skill – check out over 180 creative workshops per year that are available at ArtisOn just outside Masham. Beware though – workshops are very popular so book your place early!
If you prefer to mooch around town, you’ll find something unique and beautiful in one of our five art and craft galleries – Masham GalleryThe Nolon Stacey GalleryThe Little Picture GalleryUredale Glass Gallery or The Blue Light Gallery. Or discover a special gift at Birdhouse Interiors.
If the weather takes a turn for the worse, upgrade your outdoor gear at Bentley’s or check out the surprisingly wide selection of ladies fashions and accessories at Through The Looking Glass. No shopping trip is complete with a browse around Masham’s bi weekly Market or monthly Farmers Market.
After all that, you’ll have earned a pampering treat at the new multi-million pound Swinton Country Club & Spa, opening in summer 2017. Tucked away just outside Masham, the experience promises be world class! Finally, you can top off your day with a pleasant evening at Masham Town Hall – there’s a regular film program, great music, comedy and theatre. Tickets available from the Community Office

Feast on Masham Food

You’ll get some great pub food in Masham – sample the unique bear bread at The White Bear or find something to celebrate with a fantastic meal at the acclaimed Vennell’s Restaurant that won’t break the bank! We’ve got a new pop-up restaurant too – Number Thirteen at Bordar House Teas. So keep an eye out for their regular themed restaurant nights.
If you’re self catering, we’ve got two family butchers in Masham – Rogers and Beavers. Both offering a wide range of locally sourced meats and homemade products like pies and famous Masham sausages. There’s a wide selection of fresh fruit and veg are also on offer at No.15 Greengrocer and a range of breads and bakery goods at Masham Bakery or Reah’s which also has an extensive range of cheeses, deli products and groceries. You can then choose be spoiled for a choice of sweet treats or ice cream from Bah Humbugs or Joneva.
Make the Most of Masham is a loyalty scheme to encourage residents and visitors to shop local.

Or a few minutes drive from Masham…
A few minutes out of Masham try the food at the newly refurbished Black Swan at Fearby – now dog friendly too! Or head to The Crown at Grewelthorpe after a stroll in Hackfall Woods. Or why not walk through Hackfall and beyond to West Tanfield and have lunch at the Bull Inn or the Bruce Arms? The lovely café at the Swinton Bivouac (pictured) is also a great spot for a drink and a snack with fabulous walks and stunning views – all just a few minutes from Masham.

For a really indulgent special dining experience explore what’s on offer at Swinton Park – from fine dining at Samuel’s Restaurant, to afternoon tea, there are many treats available. Alternatively, if you love food, you can hone your own gastronomic skills at Swinton Park too – the extensive programme at the Cookery School has an array of delicious courses available!

Activities for Children

There’s lots of space for running off some energy in Masham. There’s a great play area and Multi Use Games Area on the recreation ground. Pony trekking is available at Swinton. Plus more entertainment within easy reach. Check out some of the following ideas:

– Ride on the Wensleydale Railway or the Vintage Bus
– A day out at The Forbidden Corner
– Thorp Perrow gardens, falcons and meerkats
– Thrills and spills Lightwater Valley
– Family fun at Studfold Adventure Trail
– More adventures at Aerial Extreme or Camp Hill Woodland Kingdom adventure park
– Castles to explore at Middleham, Richmond and Knaresborough
– Llama trekking for young and older
– A bit of history at Ripon Workhouse and Prison Museums
– How Stean Gorge for rock climbing, Via Ferrata, abseiling, canoeing and more

For a quirky perspective and great information about what’s on offer in the rest of the Yorkshire Dales check out

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Masham Accommodation

Magnolia Cottage

Magnolia Cottage a modern conversion snuggled at the end of a short terrace of stone cottages. Comfortable lounge with patio doors leading to a lawned garden. Off the lounge is a galley kitchen and a wet room. Also downstairs is a double bedroom with a second double bedroom upstairs. Wide doors and level access makes this the ideal cottage for those who may have restricted mobility.
Sleeps 4

Magnolia Cottage, 52 Park Street, Masham, Ripon, HG4 4HZ

01969 663559

Bank Villa Guest House, 4****

AA 4 Star Gold accommodation offering comfort with style.
Double, twin, triple and quad en suite rooms.
Free on-site parking & wireless broadband.
All Masham has to offer just a short stroll away.
Open all year. Fully licensed. No smoking.

The Avenue, Masham, Ripon, HG4 4DB

01765 689605

In Masham

Clipstone Cottage

A stone built terraced cottage near one of the narrow yards that give access to the rear of the cottage and the gated, gravelled patio garden. A light, cosy lounge with decorative Victorian fireplace, shaker style kitchen with central dining table, two bedrooms one en-suite plus a house bathroom. Recently renovated and refurbished blending stylish charm with modern, comfortable fittings and furniture.
Sleeps 4 plus 1 dog £10.00 extra
Price £370.00 – £628.00

Clipstone Cottage, Park Street, Masham, Ripon, HG4 4HN

01969 663559

Masham Hideaway, VB 3***

A delightful cosy 1 bedroom holiday apartment with all the comforts of home. TV/radio, bed linen and tea towels provided (not towels). Children welcome but not suitable for smokers or dogs. Parking available. We cater for any length of stay be it weekend break or full week. We also take bookings for mid-week breaks. Visit England 3***

2A Bridge Appartments, Wellgarth, Masham, Ripon, HG4 4EN

01526 343868

Badger’s Holt VE 4****

On the southern fringes of the ancient market town of Masham sits this beautiful, new build cottage. Modern, stylish, spacious, full of natural light, perfect for six people, with private patio area to the rear and loads of parking and small lawned area to the side of the cottage. Badger’s Holt has a large, comfortable lounge, a super, well equipped kitchen, three bedrooms upstairs one with en-suite shower room plus one house bathroom. Walks from the doorstep, few minutes stroll to the market square.
A few minutes walk takes you to Masham market place and enjoy walks from the doorstep into open fields and nearby woods.
Sleeps 6
Price £448.00 – £795.00

Badger’s Holt, Thorpe Road, Masham HG4 4JB

01969 663559


Maltings is a first floor apartment at the end of a traditional stone terrace overlooking an open area with a small green. A cosy, comfortable lounge, well equipped galley kitchen, ultra-modern bathroom and beautiful double bedroom. Oak doors, exposed rafters, solid oak flooring, fashionable furnishings lend a very contemporary feel to this delightful abode. Riverside walks and the main square just minutes away.
Sleeps 2
Price £274.00 – £428.00

Maltings, 3 Bridge Apartments, Crosshills, Masham, HG4 4EN

01969 663559

Stable Block, The VB 4****

Masham Stable Block is a 19th century building carefully converted to luxury holiday accommodation with 3 bedrooms, one downstairs with en-suite, two upstairs with additional shower room, sleeping 5/6 persons. Open plan living area with fully equipped –kitchen. Sat & Wi-Fi, TV, DVD and Xbox. Children welcome. Pets considered. Off street parking. Non-smoking. Close to the Market Square, shops, restaurants and pubs. Open all Year VB4****

24 Park Street (rear), Masham Ripon, HG4 4HN

01765 688321

Daleside Bungalow, Luxury Visit England 5***** Gold Award

Luxury Visit England Gold 5 star bungalow. King size bedroom with dressing & en-suite. Twin or superking with house bathroom. South facing private garden and parking. Central heating and linen inc. Sleeps 4 adults. Freesat H.D. TV and Wireless Broadband. Open all year. Short Breaks.
Not suitable for dogs or smokers.

6 Swinburn Road, Masham, Ripon, HG4 4HU

01765 688277

White Bear Hotel, The 5*****

A high quality 14 bedrooms 5* hotel offering double, twin, and family ensuite rooms. Children and well behaved pets welcome. TV/radio, tea/coffee, parking, wheelchair friendly. No smoking.

Wellgarth, Masham, Ripon, HG4 4EN

01765 689319 Fax 01765 688580

Brewers Den

Tucked away down a side street of Masham is a ground floor flat that used to be part of the first Theakston Brewery.
The accommodation comprises a double bedroom, modern bathroom and shower, open plan living and kitchen area.
Electric cooker and hob, microwave, fridge with icebox, smart TV, free Wi-Fi, DAB radio, DVD player, underfloor heating.
Heating and power included along with bed linen, towels, and toiletries.
Public parking on the market square. Pets allowed. No smoking. Shops and pubs 5 mins walk.

4 Cardinal Court, College Lane Masham Ripon HG4 4HE

07412 677632

Garden House Bed And Breakfast Masham

Welcome to Garden House Bed & Breakfast situated in the beautiful North Yorkshire market town of Masham, one of the country’s oldest market towns and a thriving tourist destination. Garden House is perfectly located just off Masham market place on Park Street. Our guests can easily explore the lovely surrounding countryside of the Yorkshire Dales and the many local tourist attractions including two famous breweries, Black Sheep Brewery and Theakston Brewery both in Masham itself.
Garden House Bed and Breakfast has been newly refurbished by its current owners, Chris & Jude.
Guests to Garden House will enjoy modern stylish rooms with a hint of luxury, fabulous breakfasts and of course some great Yorkshire hospitality whilst being conveniently located in the centre of the famous market town of Masham.

Garden House was previously run as a Bed & Breakfast for many years. The updates we have chosen to do have brought the house back to life without losing any of its original charm!
We are both very local to the area and have always had an affinity with Masham. Chris is part of a local cricket team and has been for years.
We have fulfilled a dream to live and work in this beautiful market town.

1 Park St, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4HN

01765 689082 Mobile: 07703 441730

Morton House And The Stable Block

Sleeping 2 – 16 guests in 7 bedrooms/5 bathrooms
Located in close walking distance the Masham market square this 4 bedroom Grade 2 listed farmhouse and attached 3 bedroom Stable Block offers comfortable accommodation for extended families and groups. The property is well equipped to cater for up to 16 guests with its large rooms, comfy beds, open fire/wood burner, satellite TV, games console, parking at the door, private walled courtyard garden, gas BBQ, pets considered. All linen/towels are provided. Cot and high chair available for our younger guests, Special events, weddings, anniversary celebrations etc. can be catered for on request. Open all year.

Park Street, Masham

01765 688321

Old Station Touring Caravan Park

A secluded, well-equipped country park with Glamping
& new for 2019 Holiday Cottages,
On the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, within easy walking
Distance of Masham. Includes facilities for disabled guests,
Cafe & Shop. Pets welcome. Buses stop at the gate.
AA Member of Welcome to Yorkshire
Open March to November.

Station Yard, Low Burton, Masham Ripon, HG4 4DF

01765 689569

Holme View VE 4****

A lovely stone built end terraced cottage, modern and tasteful, overlooking open parkland known as the The Holme and to the River Ure. Graveled garden to the front and flagged patio to the rear, large, comfortable lounge with dining area and wood burning stove, well equipped kitchen, two bedrooms, and stylish house bathroom. Riverside walks just a moment away.
Sleeps 4
Price £365.00 – £658.00

Holme View, 10 The Avenue, Masham HG4 4DS

01969 663559

The Snug

Short Breaks are our Speciality – Our stone built cottage is full of old charm with beams, wood burner, timber floors & wobbly walls. The Snug is furnished to a luxurious standard to provide accommodation for up to four guests, with a welcoming homemade afternoon tea on arrival. Located two minutes walk from the Market Place. Two bedrooms, super king bed/twin & bunk room. Linen & towels, WiFi & Freeview provided. On street parking. Secure parking for motorcycles. Lockable store for mountain bikes. Dogs £10.00 extra. Short breaks from £150.00 for mid-week break inclusive. Children and Dogs most welcome. For independent reviews visit TripAdvisor.

9 Park Street, Masham, Ripon, HG4 4HN

01765 635517

Masham Businesses

Grewelthorpe Village Hall And Community Centre

Superb Venue for Hire:
Large capacity hall with excellent presentation facility
Licenced for events / free WIFI

Haregill Lodge Outside Catering, Rachel Greensit

Weddings, parties, special occasions, home or away, large or small. All food fresh and using local products where possible.

Ellingstring, Masham

01677 460272

The Barker Partnership

Accountancy, Audit, Personal & Business Taxation, VAT, Payroll & Book-keeping services.
Initial meeting free of charge—contact Fiona Wilkinson for more details.
Masham Office in the Town Hall every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm-5pm
Offices in Ripon, Leyburn, Thirsk, Pateley Bridge and Harrogate

Penthwaite, St Matthew’s Terrace, Leyburn, DL8 5EL

01969 623137 / 07702 551867

Black Swan Inn, The

Exclusive Dining room available in a traditional country Inn.
Ideal for Parties, celebrations, meetings and small conferences.
A range of refreshment and dining options available from full meals to buffets and light snacks.
Full meeting facilities available.
Contact us directly to discuss your requirements

Fearby, Nr Masham HG4 4NF

01765 689477

Swift Drones

Masham based drone services
Aerial promo videography
Property/roof inspections
Aerial photo stock for sale

7 Silver Street Masham HG4 4DX

07756 312427

Mashamshire Community Office

Central Hub for community services and tourist information.
Police Office, Acorns pre-school, Library, Office for Masham Parish Clerk. Liftshare. Photocopying, laminating & scanning services. Public use computers and WiFi. Maps, books, gifts for sale. Posters advertising events in the area, tickets available for Town Hall and local events. Access to Council services –
bus pass forms, blue badge forms, emergency carers cards, bus timetables, trade waste sacks. Meeting room for hire.
Town Hall bookings. Monthly exhibitions by local arts and crafts people in Blue Light Gallery. Volunteer opportunities for office & library. Book & Jigsaw Club.
Open all year round, Monday-Saturday 10.00am-3.00pm.
Sunday opening during August

7 Little Market Place, Masham, Ripon, HG4 4DY

01765 680200

Messrs. R F Broadley

Insurance brokers for all your general insurance needs.

3-5 Market Place, Masham, Ripon,

C & D Nicholson (Established 1986)

Mini-Buses & Private Hire
Mercedes car/8 seater/16 seater minibusses
Pre booking required.

01765 689629, mobile 07703 34917

Ladybird Private Hire (Masham)

The ONLY taxi service based in MASHAM. Prompt and reliable. Local journeys, airports, stations, shopping trips, etc. 8 seater minibus available. Fixed Pricing.

01765 688688

The Healing Collective At Swinithwaite

Encouraging health and well-being with a range of therapies.
We also treat animals with emotional or behavioural problems

The Healing Collective, Coach House, Swinithwaite, North Yorkshire, DL8 4UH

08454 742383 or 07981 908717

Bridget’s Body & Foot Care Services

Foot Care and Complementary Therapies in the comfort of your own home.

Foot Care, Massage Treatments & Reflexology

Also Nails Trimmed, Callus Reduction, Corn Removal,

Fungal & Thick nail Treatment,

In-growing Toe nails, Verrucae, Cracked Heels, & Diabetic Foot care

All treatments are listed on my website

Gift vouchers available

01765 688191 mobile 07719 888440

Masham Hair

Transform your look this season with a new hairstyle. Put yourself in the safe hands of Masham Hair’s award-winning stylist Marcia Sanderson. Marcia works exclusively with L’Oreal products and with over 25 years experience, she is ideally placed to advise on the best styles and colours for you. Monday:Closed Tuesday:9.30am – 5.00pm Wednesday:9.30am – 1.30pm Thursday:9.30am – 5.00pm Friday:9.30am – 5.00pm Saturday:8.30am – 1.00pm Sunday:Closed

8 College Lane, Masham, North Yorkshire, HG4 4HE

01765 688672

Ripon & Rural Befriending Service

Ripon & Rural Befriending Service
Our befriending volunteers visit elderly and vulnerable people on a regular basis in their own homes, taking the time to listen and chat. If the need arises our friendly office team can also provide information and signposting. The service is for anyone living in their own home who misses company is feeling isolated or
Generally at a low ebb following a change in their circumstances. This service is part of the Harrogate Easier Living Project (HELP).
For more information, or to make a referral, please contact:

Tel: 01765 645902

Ripon And Rural Voluntary Car Driver Service

Our volunteer drivers use their own vehicles to offer door to door transport for non-urgent journeys to medical appointments, day centres, lunch clubs, shops, visiting sick relatives and social activities. The service is for anyone who finds it difficult to access other means of transport due to mobility and/or location. This service is part of the Harrogate Easier Living Project (HELP).
For more information or to book a journey please contact:

01765 645907

Jane Caress Ltd Based In Masham — Support For The Disabled & Elderly.

We offer supportive care to clients over the age of 18
designed to help them remain as independent as possible within their own home.
We don’t go to clients for less than an hour, so our clients are never rushed.
We are Registered with Social Services and CQC with a rating of Good and our staff are fully trained and vetted

Every day is different when you work with people. If you feel you could make a difference and would like to work for us in this rewarding role, please contact us

01677 460051 / 07786 924264

Helen Storey – Massage Therapist

Complementary therapies. Reflexology, Body massage (remedial, therapeutic and relaxing),& Indian Head Massage.
Clinic based appointments available in Bedale & Northallerton.

07979 993881, Bedale Osteopaths 01677 425858

Lulu Ferrand – CST Practitioner

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle complementary therapy that tunes into the nervous system, helps in dealing with stress, and release of physical or emotional trauma. It can be suitable for a wide range of conditions such as irritable bowel, panic attacks and migraines.

Appointments available in Grewelthorpe and Swinton Country Club and Spa. Vouchers available.

07887 506163

Pam Walker – Your Local Driving Instructor

Patient, friendly & fun instruction. Lessons for all stages, Pass Plus, motorway tuition. Discount for block bookings.

Charlcott, near Masham Ripon,

07966 807208

Classic Car Hire North – Self-Drive Classic Car Hire

With three bases in the scenic county of Yorkshire, Classic Car Hire North specialises in self-drive classic car hire. Choose from a wide range of British, American and European classics for a terrific day out or short break. What finer way to savour the stunning scenery, quiet driving roads and splendid natural attractions of the Yorkshire Dales or North York Moors than from a self-drive classic car. It’s a great way to explore this beautiful county whilst fulfilling your dream of driving a classic car. Our classic car hire fleet has everything from Morris Minors and Morgans through to a classic Rolls Royce. Or choose from our large range of classic Jaguars including E-types, Mk2, and XJS.
Our site near Ampleforth is run in conjunction with the charity Autism Plus. For more information see our classic car hire services

07788 276309


July 23, 2020 “Select & Collect” Library Service Masham Community Library “Select & Collect” style lending starts from 3 August. You can access the forms to request books via the links below. Read more information about the new service here: Download Word document to complete electronically here and then email the form to info@visitmasham.comORView and print out a PDF version of the form here to complete by hand and drop off at the Community Office

July 2, 2020


The Community Office building is open to the public once again From 10am to 3pm weekdays and 10am till 1:30pm Saturdays. Public access is limited to certain parts of the building only. You will be asked to use hand sanitiser on entry; there will be screens on the counter and restrictions on handling leaflets and books. Social distancing rules mean we will be managing the flow of visitors and limiting the number of people allowed in at one time. Expect to be greeted at the door by one of our welcoming volunteers who will explain everything, but you may be asked to wait at busy times. We are open for:

• Tourist Information –info, advice & guidance for visitors
• Travel & transport information
• Printing, photocopying, laminating services
• Public access to a PC & Internet
• Advice on Harrogate & NYC Council Services
• Jigsaw library and second-hand book service
• Community Library “Click & Collect” service from 3 Aug

For anyone self-isolating, we can still help with shopping, collecting prescriptions or just someone to talk to – just give us a call.

In phase two of our plans, we’ll be opening Masham Community Library for “Click & Collect” style lending in August and Town Hall bookings and ticket sales will follow. We very much look forward to seeing you.

If you know anyone who is not digitally connected to local news, you can print a leaflet to give them here.

Brewery tours

Brewery tours at Theakston Brewery’s the ‘Black Bull in Paradise’ Visitor CentreWhere: Masham, North YorkshireDescription: Visit iconic Yorkshire brewery T&R Theakston’s Visitor Centre – the Black Bull in Paradise – to soak up the brewery’s almost 200 years of history, sample its core range of ales and get an insider’s understanding of what it takes to create the perfect pint through one of its guided brewery tours.As you journey through the brewery, you’ll learn how Theakston selects its ingredients and the methods they use to produce the distinctive tasting beers that it is known for. You’ll even have the opportunity to visit Theakston’s cooperage, one of the last of its kind in England, where cooper Euan Findlay will be hard at work crafting wooden casks, designed to be filled with the brewery’s signature Old Peculier ale.After enjoying the tour, visitors can pick up a souvenir at the gift shop before pitching up at the bar to enjoy more of the brewery’s legendary ales.Time: The brewery’s Visitor Centre is open from 10.30am – 4.30pm (Mon – Sat), with regular guided tours throughout the day. Tours last approximately one hour.Cost: £12.95 per adult, £5.95 per child (12 – 17 yrs), includes complimentary pint (or two halves or three thirds), or soft drink (subject to change).Theakston also offers private tours on request.Link:


T&R Theakston Ltd is an independent, family brewing company founded in 1827 located in the Yorkshire Dales market town of Masham, North Yorkshire.
The company is controlled and run by direct descendants of the founder Robert Theakston.



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funerals covering Masham and

surrounding areas.

We are a local & modern Funeral Directors based on

kindness and compassion, understanding that everyone

has different needs.

We offer a variety of funeral services, including holding a

funeral for a loved one here at our beautiful premises in


A personalised farewell starts from just £1,400.

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