Masham is located in Lower Wensleydale 8 miles from the A1 and 9 miles northwest of the city of Ripon. This historic Yorkshire Dales market town still holds weekly markets on the central market square, reputably the largest in Yorkshire. Its popular annual Sheep Fair is held in September. Other events include the Midsummer Beer Festival, the Steam Engine and Fair Organ Rally and the biennial Masham Arts Festival.
The beautiful countryside around Masham can be explored on foot, mountain bike, or road bike as part of the National Cycle Route. Details of routes are provided in the cottage. The Yorkshire Dales is also a popular destination on motorbike with many scenic roads.
The spa town of Harrogate is 20 miles away to the south and Darlington is 28 miles to the north east. Masham is located at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales which features other market towns including Leyburn and Hawes.
The shops in Masham are predominately small independents offering a fantastic range of essential goods and gifts. The town has been visited by the Hairy Bikers, the Two Fat Ladies and has featured in the Dales Programme on ITV.
Just around the corner from the Market Square is the Recreation Ground, with its play park and tennis courts. On the edge of Masham is the beautiful Masham 9 Hole Golf Course.
Going out in Masham there is an enviable selection of thriving pubs which serve food and local brews from the town’s two breweries, Theakston’s and Black Sheep. There are several cafes located around the Market Square offering homemade food. For something a little quicker and more informal, try a takeaway, Fish and Chips or Indian.
Visit http://www.visitmasham.com/discover-us/things-to-do/ for further details on life in the thriving town of Masham.
www.dalesdiscoveries.com - full of recommendations from local people on great days out no matter what the weather.
www.yorkshire.com/the-dales-on-itv-1- links to the features shown on the ITV The Dales Programme.
Masham Around and About - - links to the Visit Masham website and tells you about the endless activities/attractions in Masham, you will see why guests keep coming back to Masham once they have discovered this wonderful place.
A few special events in and around Masham during 2013
Also check out www.goyorkshire.com/
14-16 March Nidderdale Drama Festival
16 -17 March Orchid Display at RHS Harlow Carr
17 March Wedding Fayre - White Bear, Masham
27 - 14 April Easter Trail and Crafts at Ripley Castle
29-30 March Knaresborough Easter Fayre
31 - 1 April Cadbury Easter Fun at Fountains Abbey
20-21 April World Heritage Weekend at Fountains Abbey
25-28 April Harrogate Spring Flower Show
3-6 May Harrogate Fine Art and Antique Fair
4-6 May Tulip Festival at Constable Burton Hall
4-6 May Dales Festival of Food and Drink at Leyburn
May Festival of Horses, Ilton, Masham
12 May Spring Plant Fair at Newby Hall, Ripon
25 - 8 June Swaledale Festival
27 - 31 May Magical Mayhem at Bolton Castle, Leyburn
27 May Classic Car Rally at Newby Hall
8 June Knaresborough Bed Race
8-9 June Yorkshire Vintage Tractor Show, Newby Hall
8 June Yorkshire Foad & Drink Festival, Ripon Racecourse
20 June Ladies Day at Ripon Racecourse
Early July Yorkshire Festival of Ales, Black Swan, Fearby, Masham
9 -11 July Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate
20-21 July Masham Steam Engine and Fair Organ Rally
21 July Aldborough and Boroughbridge 100th Show
3 August St Wilfred's Possession, Ripon
11 August Ripley Show
17-18 August Spanish Armada Weekened at Bolton Castle, Leyburn
24 August Wensleydale Agricultural Show, Leyburn
26 August Reeth Show
31 August Ripon by the Sea
7-21 Sept Ripon International Festival
13-15 Sept Harrogate Autumn Flower Show
14 Sept Heritage Open Day at Fountains Abbey
23 Sept Nidderdale Agricultural Show
26-29 Sept Nidderdale Walking Festival
28-29 Sept Masham Sheep Fair
5-26 Oct Fountains by Floodlight
19-20 Oct Countryside Live, Harrogate
End October Mashamshire Festival of Arts
7-10 Nov Crafts for Christmas, Harrogate
9 Nov Bonfire and Fireworks Display, Shooting Holme, Masham
5 July Tour de France visits Masham
Welcome to Yorkshire - Award winning film on 'What makes Yorkshire Special'
Nearby attractions include:
- Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Deer Park
- Hackfall Woods
- Druids Temple
- Coldstone Cut at Pateley Bridge
- Lightwater Valley
- Newby Hall
- Middleham Castle
- Bolton Castle
- Aerial Extreme
- Nidderdale Llamas
- Thorpe Perrow
- Wensleydale Railway - a fantastic way to see the Dales.
- www.yorkshire.com - Welcome to Yorkshire
- www.yorkshire.com/destinations/harrogate/masham - Masham Pages
- www.yorkshire.com/search - Details of events in the Masham Area
- www.visitmasham.com - Masham Community Office
- http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/places/find-a-place-to-visit?findPlace=Fountains+Abbey+and+Studley+Royal+Water+Garden - National Trust Fountains Abbey
- http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/ - English Heritage Middleham Castle
- www.thenationalbyway.org - National Cycle Routes
- www.nidderdaleaonb.org.uk - Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty
- www.nidderdalellamas.org - Llama Trekking in the Dales
- http://www.thorpperrow.com/index.html - Arboretum near Bedale, cottage guests enjoy discounted access.
- http://www.wensleydalerailway.com/index.html - Enjoy a heritage railway journey through the dales.
Dogs: Yes (£10 extra)
Motorbikes: Secure parking
Mountain Bikes: Lockable Store
Linen and Towels: Yes
Parking: Yes to the front
Short breaks available
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