Masham, the River Ure and the River Burn

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The little market town of Masham (pronounced 'Mazz-mm') nestles in rolling countryside in Uredale, just outside the Yorkshire Dales, north of Ripon. Perhaps most famous for its connection with the Theakston brewing family, (being home to both the Theakston's and the Black Sheep breweries) it is also an excellent base for some splendid walking.

This walk starts in Masham's impressive market square and initially follows the route of the Ripon Rowel Walk (a local long-distance walk) along the banks of the River Ure. At the confluence of the Rivers Ure and Burn, we leave the Ure in favour of its tributary, which we follow for a few kilometres before striking away through pastureland. Soon, we pick up the Ripon Rowel once again and use this to return to Masham.

Dog-walkers please note that there are a number of dog-unfriendly stiles en route. There are also sheep aplenty, so please keep your pooch on a lead.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Yorkshire Dales


Ancient Monument, Cafe, Church, Food Shop, Gift Shop, Great Views, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
7/16/2019 - Fiona Dick

WP5: path now clearly along riverbank WP6: path now clear along riverbank. If you try to follow the RHS of the field, you come up against a fence that has no way through. WP7: have to ignore footpath sign pointing across the golf course WP10: woodland path is pretty overgrown (brambles, nettles, bracken) and has some fallen trees. Fortunately not too long! WP11: might be worth saying that should turn L onto the track WP13: crops growing in field, not clear where proper path might be. We went round the edge. WP16: route has been slightly changed, just follow the yellow markers

5/4/2017 - Sam Roebuck

Thanks for the comment, Ken. I've rewalked it, and updated the instructions to clarify the route.

4/21/2017 - Ken & Lynne Allan

Waypoint 12. Route as described unpassable, better to keep left of farm buildings, on the track. Then passing the farmers house on the left hand side. Immediately passing the farm house, walk up the grassy bank following the fence line for about 300m to find the small stile as described in original notes. Waypoint 9. Could not see wooden structure, better to walk across front of golf club house on the road, into and through the car park to the far end near the trees to find the bridge described in WP10.

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