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Mashamshire, Gateway to Wensleydale

Mashamshire lies to the north east of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where the landscape here is gentle and rolling, with ancient woodlands and hedgerows in place of dry stone walls. The area is rich in history with ancient abbeys, historic parks and gardens and grand country estates – all fabulous to explore!

For those guests staying at Hideaway Cottage in Fearby, why not throw on your walking boots and enjoy a great walk from the door up to Druids Temple? It is situated in the middle of a pine forest, a folly created by William Danby in the early 1900's, to look something like Stonehenge. There are truly fantastic views towards Leighton Reservoir from the edge of the forest which is part of the Swinton Estate. There is a super café close by at the Bivouac to enjoy delicious food and coffee from afterwards, sit back and relax, take in the wonderful views surrounding you.

Just a short five minute drive or twenty minute walk from the door of Hideaway Cottage in Fearby, you'll find the friendly market town of Masham, which is famous for not one brewery, but two, born from two generations of the Theakston family – Theakston and Black Sheep Breweries. The Georgian market square is one of the largest in Yorkshire and a lovely array of independent shops, cafes, galleries, restaurants and pubs are located around it. There's a twice weekly market on a Wednesday and Saturday and annual events include the popular Masham Steam Rally in July and the Masham Sheep Fair in September.

Both the Black Sheep Brewery and Theakston Brewery have their own visitors centres and for those of you who love cycling, then you can sample part of the 'Le Grand Depart, Tour de France' whereby Stage One came through Masham in July 2014.

Masham offers great access into Wensleydale, Swaledale and the rest of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Lovers of the great outdoors will be spoilt for choice with superb walks on the doorstep, from easy rambles to more challenging routes offering a glorious landscape of lush dales, pastures, wild moorland, woodland, meandering rivers and a wealth of wildlife. From birdwatching, cycling, to climbing, pony trekking, canoeing, fishing or clay shooting, there is something for you.

Fancy something a little different? Why not enjoy a trek on a Quad bike, have a go on a Segway Trek? Challenge yourself with an 'Aerial Extreme' experience or Sky Walk and Zip Wire! Enjoy a Falconry experience or simply relax with a pampering Spa Treatment?

A few things you should do before you leave Mashamshire – go on a tour of both breweries and enjoy a local beer in one of the pubs. Visit the Druid's Temple and then stop off at the Bivouac café for some delicious home-made food, admire Leighton and Roundhill reservoirs. Walk around the stunning ruins of Jervaulx Abbey and admire the wildflowers growing in the walls, before enjoying an ice cream from nearby Brymor Ice Cream Parlour.