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Druids Temple walk near Masham, North Yorkshire

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We’ve found a new family walk with a fantastic cafe! The Druid’s Temple walk starts at Swinton Bivouac near Masham in North Yorkshire. It is a short, easy walk with stunning views, a 200 year old stone temple to explore and a lovely cafe for a treat at the end.

druids temple walk map

We set off from our tree house where we stayed for two nights at Swinton
Bivouac, map in hand. You don’t actually need a map as the trails are well marked and easy to follow.

The trail starts at the car park near the Swinton Bivouac Cafe and circles through the forest. A public footpath leads from the road to the main site of the folly.

druids temple walk with shoes 2

The walk gave me a chance to try out my brand new Hotter Nova shoes in pebble grey that I was sent to review. I normally break in shoes before trying them out, but this is my third pair of shoes from Hotter and I know that they are comfortable from day one. The Nova shoes were no exception. They are lightweight (perfect for Spring) and lovely to walk in!

druids temple walk boy in woods
druids temple walk with stones

The Druid’s Temple Walk leads you past other standing stones before you get to the main temple. The path would be fine for an ‘off road’ buggy and is a very easy walk for little legs.

druids temple walk father and daughter walking
druids temple walk with kids on swing
druids temple walk with view

A short trail off the main path leads to some amazing views!

druids temple walk hide and seek

The Druid’s Temple is not an ancient temple. It was built in the nineteenth century, a folly which was modelled after stone circles like Stonehenge.

Apparently, in the late 1700’s, William Danby, a wealthy landowner, had the temple built as a way to provide employment for local workers.

The nice thing about the folly was that the kids could get up and close to the stones. They spent a good amount of time playing hide and seek!

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druids temple walk mom with kids

We ended the walk in Bivouac Cafe where we had delicious cups of hot chocolate and coffee. They have a special family den downstairs with a dolls house and toys where we enjoyed dinner the next day.

There is even a few birds of prey to visit, a swing and some play equipment if the kids still have some energy to burn off!


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