Low Sutton - Masham
North Yorkshire

Bed & Breakfast in the Yorkshire Dales - Home of Low Sutton Wool

places to visit - things to do

a selection of the many things to do in the masham area

Set in unspoilt countryside there is plenty to see and do in the Masham area either by foot, bike, car or public transport.

Perhaps a nostalgic vintage bus ride through the Yorkshire Dales setting off from Masham or a ride on the Wensleydale steam railway.

A wide variety of walks in the Yorkshire Dales are available for all levels of experience and we have a extensive collection of walking guides on hand.

Masham is an old market town on the banks of the River Ure full of charm and things to do with a twice weekly market held in the square, on a Wednesday and Saturday.

There are a choice of places to eat and a number of interesting local independent shops. Annual events include Masham Sheep Fair with The Wool Event, Steam Rally, Jazz, and Beer Festivals.

Masham holds a quirky and eclectric biennial arts festival celebrating poetry, music, literature, visual art and dance. Masham boasts the largest market square in the Yorkshire Dales and much of the town's life is centred on it.

There are a number of local attractions within easy travelling distance some being listed below. Follow the links in blue for more information which will open in a new tab and allow you to research what the area offers without exiting our site.

out and about

Nidderdale museum is situated in the picturesque town of Pateley Bridge and is housed in the former workhouse. Its 11 rooms illustrate the rural life of Nidderdale in the recent and more distant past.

The Himalayan Garden is situated near Grewelthorpe hidden from sight in a wooded valley consisting of 20 acres of spring colour. Opening hours are limited so please check website.

Newby Hall is one of Britains finest Adam Houses, the family home of Mr & Mrs Richard Compton. The 25 acres of glorious gardens are full of rare and beautiful plants including the National Collection of Cornus. Not open all year so check opening times on website.

Swinton Park Hotel provides a Cookery School, Birds of Prey and Spa treatments for non residents and is the ancestral home of the Cunliffe-Lister family.

The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

Aysgarth Falls is a spectacular triple-drop waterfall situated in a lovely wooded gorge, on the River Ure within the Yorkshire Dales National Park..

Founded in 1156, Jervaulx Abbey was once a great Cistercian monastery.

Bolton Castle is a mediaeval fortress preserved in outstanding condition situated in the heart of Wensleydale inside the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Completed in 1399, its scars bear testament to over 600 years of history, including being besieged during the Civil War in 1645 and Mary, Queen of Scots imprisonment in 1569. The castle was built by Sir Richard Le Scrope, Lord Chancellor of England and 1st Lord Scrope of Bolton. It has never been sold and remains in private hands.

Middleham Castle once home to King Richard III known in former times as the Windsor of the North built in the 12th century.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum is one of the finest private collections of trees and shrubs in the country. This 85 acre arboretum is unique to Britain, if not Europe, in that it was the creation of one man, Colonel Sir Leonard Ropner (1895 - 1977) and is now owned and managed by Sir John Ropner. There is also a Birds of Prey and Mammal Centre open all year.

ArtisOn provides an unrivalled choice of short art and craft skills workshops in the Yorkshire Dales, located near Masham. With workshops covering anything from painting to stained glass, from blacksmithing to knitting, from ceramics to jewellery making. Whether you are after something basic, challenging, fun or serious and technical there is something for everyone.

The Bowes Museum is a hidden treasure, a jewel in the heart of beautiful Teesdale. The magnificent building stands proud in the historic market town of Barnard Castle housing internationally significant collections of fine and decorative arts. Purpose built in the 19th century by John and Josèphine Bowes, the Museum has a wonderful story to tell. An hours drive away through beautiful countryside.

outdoor pursuits

The area is good for walking in particular Hackfall wood is at the Masham end of the village of Grewelthorpe.The landscape that can be seen today was in large part a result of design and work undertaken by the Aislabies. John Aislabie bought Hackfall wood for £906 in 1731. He was already famous for his landscaping work at nearby Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

Clay pigeon shooting at Warren Gill shooting ground with Dave and Anne Elgie which is Located near Fearby cross near Masham.

The curious rock formations at Brimham in Nidderdale are scattered over some 50 acres on Brimham Moor and provide a great variety of weird and wonderful shapes. Many of the gritty monstrosities suggest all manner of things, including elephants, hippos, bears, mushrooms and some are said to have associations with druids, Mother Shipton and even the Devil himself.

Why not have a round of golf at the 9 hole Masham Golf Course where visitors are welcome.

equestrian interests

There has been Racehorse training in Middleham for over 200 years.

Masham Riding & Trekking Centre situated within Swinton estate.

walking in nidderdale and wensleydale

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selection of guest comments

  • The very best of Alastair Sawday. Thank you for making me so welcome
  • Sheila from Kendal
  • Many thanks for your warm welcome and first class hospitality. This special place has added much to our stay in Yorkshire to make it memorable
  • Michael and Heather Peace from Somerset.
  • Thank you for looking after us so well - we have thoroughly enjoyed our 3 nights here and also this lovely area
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