We have a vast area of beautiful countryside to explore at Swinton Estate, a true walkers and runners paradise.
The parkland is divided from the castle by the serpentine stretch of water, Home Lake, designed to give the impression of a river. It supports a herd of approximately 100 fallow deer, including 10 stags. Some of these are very pale in colour – commonly mistaken for albino!
The moorland Dales comprise 8,000 acres of heather on the Estate, and rise up to a height of 540 metres above sea level. The scenery is breath taking, and from here you can see east to the North Sea and North Yorkshire Moors to the east, and westward the moorland landscape continues across the Pennines.
There are 665 hectares of mixed woodland on the Estate, which is managed commercially for timber, conservation, green energy and for the Estate’s sporting interests. All the timber is Forestry Stewardship Council accredited and is certified as being from a renewable source under the UK Woodland Assurance Scheme.
The River Ure runs along the boundary of Swinton Estate, and flows the length of Wensleydale. It is 74 miles long, and feeds into the River Ouse which flows through York, draining into the Humber Estuary where it reaches the North Sea. The bridge at Masham was built in 1754, and there are records of an earlier ford further downstream.
The River Burn flows through the heart of the Estate, rising on Masham Moor and flowing down through Colsterdale, past the villages of Healey and Fearby and joining the River Ure just south of Masham.
Thank you for visiting the Swinton Estate website. Whilst we remain closed, we are keeping busy helping our local community with meals and treats to the key workers in local schools and shops, GP practices, pharmacies and emergency services. We hope that you remain safe and in good spirits.
As soon as we are able to, we look forward to re-opening our doors, gardens, woodlands and parkland again for you to enjoy. If you’re yearning for better days and you’d like to have something to look forward to when life gets back to normal, we are still here and busy taking bookings. With no risk to your deposit, perhaps it’s the perfect excuse to plan for the good times ahead.
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