The Masham and Ilton walk in Nidderdale

East out of Masham to the River Ure, then south along the Ripon Rowel Walk to the village of Grewelthorpe. West along minor roads and tracks to High Langwith Cross on Grewelthorpe Moor, then north-east, through Ilton, to the western side of Swinton Park. Through the park to the road at Low Swinton, and north back to Masham. A 14-mile walk in Nidderdale.


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The River Ure east of Masham.


Very muddy section of the Ripon Rowel Walk near Limehouse Hill.


A sandy ‘beach’ on the banks of the River Ure.


The River Ure near Limehouse Hill.


St James’ Church, Grewelthorpe.


Farmland west of Grewelthorpe.


Pond on Wreaks Lane, just south of Foulgate Farm.

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The view over Nidderdale from Grewelthorpe Moor.


The track over Ilton Moor north-east to Ilton.


Old barn on farmland near Ilton.


Farmland west of Swinton Park.


A wonderfully shaped tree.


Lake Superior in Swinton Park.


Lovely stone arches over the paths in Swinton Park.

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Deer on the Swinton estate.


Snowdrops in Swinton Park.


Boat House Pond, Swinton Park.


Swinton Park Hotel.


Entrance to Swinton Park.


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