Out & About
Bivouac at Druid’s Temple is at the heart of the 20,000 acre Swinton Estate and in terms of the great outdoors there is unrivalled access to the rivers, woodland, moorland, reservoirs and dales in some of the most beautiful countryside in the U.K. The Druid’s Temple is a very short walk from the Bivouac café, and is a particularly quirky attraction. There are also numerous places of interest to visit in the local area.
The historic folly Druid’s Temple and the surrounding woodland makes for a fantastic starting point for any number of excursions across the moorland, or an ideal location for a short stroll drinking in the natural beauty of the forest and spectacular views. Nearby is Swinton Park, the ancestral seat of the Earl of Swinton, which is now a luxury hotel surrounded by 200 acres of landscaped parkland with woodland, lakes and gardens – non-resident guests can enjoy a morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea and take a stroll in the grounds at their leisure.
Bordering on the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Bivouac is proud to be situated in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is a striking blend of timeless landscapes and rich heritage. With idyllic Yorkshire villages dotted all over the dales you are never too far away from a local pub, perfect for a stop off point and perhaps a warming meal en route any of the many walks that take you all over the countryside. Nidderdale is one of the closer dales to visit, with How Stean Gorge and Brimham Rocks as popular attractions, whilst within the Estate the relatively unexplored Colsterdale offers excellent walking and climbing opportunities. If you follow the River Burn from there down to where it meets the River Ure, you will find yourself at the historic market town of Masham which is at the heart of Wensleydale.
The area is peaceful and quiet for birdwatching and there is no shortage of hilltops to get a good view of the surrounding dales. Sitting at the half way point of the Ripon Rowel, we are the perfect stop off point for a cup of tea and cake or an overnight stay. Only a 5 minute drive away is Hackfall, a spectacular woodland and walkers paradise on the banks of the River Ure. It has been landscaped to provide points of interest at every turn, with waterfalls, grottos, follies and even a fountain, it is always a spectacular place to go whether wet or bathed in glorious sunshine.
Our nearest town is Masham which is definitely worth a day trip (or two!). Home to two famous Yorkshire Breweries, Theakstons and Black Sheep, both have pub-style bars, guided tours on offer and shops. In addition to numerous public houses, Masham is a beautiful market town. On Saturdays and Wednesdays the central square fills with market stalls selling a variety of goods and food. Even if it is not possible to see it on a market day, the town still has a rural charm about it. It has several unique shops selling sweets and ice cream, as well as numerous tea rooms where weary visitors can refresh themselves with a hot cup of Yorkshire tea, and sample some of the many delicacies of this region.