Walking along the River Ure from Middleham to Masham is full of interest. Take the bus to Middleham and visit the castle. From there the river passes Cover Bridge, Jervaulx Abbey and Mar Field before ending at Masham.
The various ages of history are encountered on a 8 mile walk along the River Ure. Ancient abbey ruins at Jervaulx, a splendid castle at Middleham and some grand old country houses contrast with the bustle of Masham market and the peace of the riverside to create a walk that is full of interest and certainly took me longer than I thought (there is so much to see and do). Leave a day, have lunch at the tea room at Jervaulx Abbey and spend the night in the lovely market town of Masham.
The two best times for this walk are High Summer or better still when the snow lies on the ground
The 159 bus leaves Masham square every 2 hours (less on Sunday) taking 20 minutes to Middleham.
When you arrive at Mar Field Nature Reserve near Masham you will be directed to the east of the reserve via a permissive path (shown orange dashes on a map). A permissive path is ‘by permission of the land owner’ and can be taken away at any stage. Green dashed public rights of way are fixed by law and permission cannot be withdrawn.
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