There is upwards of 8,000 acres of heather moorland on the Estate, which rises up to a height of 540 metres above sea level. This stretch of the Estate is particularly remote, with the bracing scenery and views across to the North Yorkshire Moors and surrounding Pennines. The moors are a fragile environment, supporting diverse flora and fauna. There are walking trails across them, as shown on OS maps, and walkers are requested to keep to the tracks. Government guidelines dictate that dogs are only permitted on public paths on leads to prevent disturbance and visitors must avoid lighting fires at all times. During the breeding season of May and June open access to the moors is prohibited.
The Estate’s moors are managed for the benefit of the conservation of the peatland habitat and the wildlife that flourishes on it, particularly upland breeding birds. The moors are recognised as being of high wildlife importance and have the internationally recognised designations of Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area. The habitat is a fragile one requiring sensitive winter burning and targeted grazing of the heather to provide a mosaic of habitats which supports the widest biodiversity achievable. Key species supported by this management are grouse, waders including golden plover, curlew, red shank and lapwing as well as merlin and other birds of prey.
Swinton Estate is currently working with the Yorkshire Peat Partnership and Yorkshire Water on a sphagnum moss project with a view to help manage the Moors to improve blanket bog cover and water quality.
Tel: 01765 689224
Swinton Estate Office, Swinton, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4JH
Following the Government announcement on the 30th December 2020 the Harrogate District will be placed into Tier 3 and therefore Swinton Park Hotel, Swinton Bivouac, Swinton Cookery School, and The Terrace Restaurant & Bar will be closed until further notice and pending the next Covid assessment tier review.
As permitted under tier 3 guidance the parkland, spa and leisure areas will remain open but with limited opening 8am-4pm for members and spa customers.
Exercise classes for members will not be available.
We would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to all our guests and members who have supported us during these difficult times and look forward to seeing you again so very soon!
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