Druids Temple at Masham

  • Visit the folly of Druid’s Temple
  • Great views of lower Wensleydale
  • Rolling hills and farmland

I approached walking in and around Masham a little bit differently to other areas. Aside from being the brewing capital of Yorkshire I was ignorant of the town/village and surrounding area; from an outside perspective nothing had really enticed me in. Therefore I decided to play the happy tourist and just arrive and see what I could find. Masham itself was a surprise; a very large square (with a voluntary contribution parking scheme) surrounded by grand old Georgian buildings. An excellent market town it still is with shops of great character tucked away up side alleys. However I was here to walk and picked up some single page walking leaflets and set off to Fearby (2 miles away) to seek out the Druids Temple, a folly created by William Danby in 1820.

The temple is set in a small wooded area, high above Pot Beck and was apparently built simply to keep the local population busy and occupied. This it undoubtedly did and the folly is still an intriguing place today. I reached the folly after a pull up the hillside, mainly through farmer fields but at one stage passing a strangle gateway surrounded by a small but very high wall. The views are very good on the tops but the walk gets a little straggly (not a word but somehow appropriate) as it passes through a small beck below Irton.

Recommend: St Paul’s Church at Healey is an extremely presentable church and well worth a visit.

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Druids Temple Masham map


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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. Explorer 298 Nidderdale Buy Now
Start Point: SE 192810. There is parking on the wide streets of Fearby. After crossing the river take the anti-clockwise route.
Height to Climb: 210 ms (689 feet)
Terrain: Very well signposted throughout with big orange circles. Some of the land by the beck on the return is very wet and muddy
Eating & Drinking: The Black Swan makes an effort and is well worth visiting. The menu looks excellent and I can vouch for the beer at the bar, Black Sheep of course.
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