River Ure & Nutwith Common from Masham

A pleasant North Yorkshire walk that starts from the brewing town of Masham. The outward route follows the banks of the River Ure. The return uses paths and lanes to return via Nutwith Common.

Technical sheet
No. 293120
A Masham walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 06/05/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h25[?]
Distance Distance : 10.67km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 139m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 131m
Highest point Highest point : 207m
Lowest point Lowest point : 70m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Masham
Starting point Starting point : N 54.221838° / W 1.656138°
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Description

(D/A)The start is Masham Market Place (grid ref. SE225807). From here follow the signed Ripon Rowell Walk east to reach the River Ure. The path follows the west bank of the River south turning away from the River Ure to follow the River Burn upstream to Low Burn Bridge (grid ref. SE226798).

(1)Turn left across the bridge and then left again still following the Ripon Rowell Walk beside the River Burn to re-join the path heading south along the River Ure. Continue for about one and a half miles along the Ure. When the path crosses a small stream, turn left to go through a gate into the wood. Do not go straight up from crossing the stream or you will be on the wrong side of the fence. Continue on to the junction of paths near Limehouse Hill (grid ref. SE235777),

(2)Here you turn right leaving the Ripon Rowell Walk, which continues straight ahead, following the path to reach a car park on Thorpe Road (grid ref. SE230774). Turn left along the road for a short way and then take the signed footpath on your right which heads west through Oak Bank Woods before turning north over Nutwith Common to reach Thorpe Road once again (grid ref. SE223782).

(3)Turn left along this road and after 250 metres bear left into Roomer Lane. After just over half a mile take the footpath on your right (grid ref. SE218789). This path leads across fields passing Low Swinton on your left to reach a road (grid ref. SE214797). Turn right along the road and follow it back into Masham and the start of the walk.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 87m - Start: Masham market place
1 : km 2.04 - alt. 74m - Turn left across bridge
2 : km 4.6 - alt. 92m - Turn right at path junction
3 : km 6.63 - alt. 137m - Turn left along road
D/A : km 10.67 - alt. 87m - Finish: Masham market place

Useful Information

This walk starts from the small town of Masham which is home to Black Sheep and Theakston breweries. The route includes a section of the Ripon Rowell Walk along the banks of the River Ure before continuing across Nutwith Common to use field paths and lanes to return to the start.

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Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 3.83/5
Number of opinions : 9
Description quality : 3.78/5
Routemap quality : 3.5/5
Walk interest : 4.22/5


Walker
on Mon 24 Aug 2020 12:34:41 CEST

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 20/08/20
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Good

We did this walk with two friends all around the late sixties. it was decided to start the walk at Hackfall car park, halfway round the walk. We arrived at 11.30 am with no room in the small park, we moved back towards Masham and parked in the Nutwith Common roadside parking. From here the directions take you up the road, (no need the path on left meets Roomer Lane in 250 yds and keeps you off the road.) next directions take you off the road but the map shown in red shows taking the road. We followed the directions and had no problem. we continued towards Masham passing high Swinton but took the path through the golf club onto the ripon Rowell walk (The path through the golf course starts over the bridge by the entrance to the course should anyone else wish to take this route.) and entered Masham at the top end of the village and had a pre booked lunch and stop at the White Bear Pub/ Hotel.(very good but pricey.)We had been warned to look for Millgate as the exit from Masham, here after we had a glorious walk along the river Ure. There some uncertainty where the path turned right to get to Hackfall car park. A home made sign was helpful in finding the path. The walk up to the carpark was strenuous and would suggest as another reviewers have mentioned, the walk might be easier getting this hill out of the way first. The walk through Nutwith Common wood was the least enjoyable part of the walk. But a very enjoyable walk nonetheless one that all our party would recommend.
The day was warm 20 c, It had rained the day before but was relatively dry underfoot.


Walker
on Sat 01 Aug 2020 08:16:33 CEST

Global average : 3.33 / 5

Date of walk : 01/08/20
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Good

We lost our way on a number of occasions....firstly at the very start where we could not find the sign in the town that is referred to. There were several other occasions too where we really felt we were guessing. It was a very hot day and we had our large dog with us. The final part of the walk, near Swinton, (which is probably more than a mile from the 'main' Masham road) was awful as we ended up following the public footpath across a number of farmer's fields which all had poorly maintained styles and required us to carry our dog over each of them. I believe the walk we did, based on the instructions as best that we could follow them, was at least 8 miles and took us 5 hours. It is a great walk, with differing scenery but the directions really could do with updating. We're not inexperienced walkers but this one really took it out of us!!


Walker
on Wed 15 Jul 2020 10:15:32 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 13/07/20
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : N/A
Walk interest : Good

Would be more useful for direction 'On entering Hackfall Woods turn immediately right'


Walker
on Mon 23 Mar 2020 18:48:01 CET

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 22/03/20
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Excellent walk! Instructions improvements:
1. We never saw a Ripon Rowell sign. Better to say exit market square walking East on Millgate.
2. Line4: NOT into the wood, TOWARDS the wood.
Line6: Continue on THROUGH ANOTHER GATE to the junction .......
3. The route shown in red on the map does not follow the instructions to take the fieldpath to Low Swinton.


Walker
on Mon 14 Oct 2019 20:05:56 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 14/10/19
Description quality : Average
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

I feel that the walk description text could be a little more detailed.


Walker
on Tue 28 May 2019 19:27:19 CEST

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 28/05/19
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Excellent walk with clear instructions


Walker
on Mon 27 May 2019 17:53:15 CEST

Global average : 4 / 5

Date of walk : 27/05/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Good

The climb from the river bank up to the car park was steeper than anticipated for an "average" walk. It might possibly be an easier walk if done anti-clockwise. Otherwise a most enjoyable walk.


Walker
on Thu 04 Apr 2019 07:29:00 CEST

Thank for your reply. I looked at Oak Bank Woods and that was the part we could not find. I wanted to ask where they are as they are not shown on another map I have seen. The only woods I could find were the Hackfall woods which were before the car park. Just to confirm after the car park we could not find the next part of the route. Thank you


Admin hiker
on Tue 02 Apr 2019 09:58:09 CEST

Sorry to hear that.
We did some changes on the track and hope it make it clearer.

Cheers,
Aurélie - Community manager.


Walker
on Mon 01 Apr 2019 22:40:51 CEST

Global average : 3.33 / 5

Date of walk : 01/04/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Disappointing
Walk interest : Good

All was going well until the directions from the car park to turn left and then proceed to oak bank woods. Could not find them at all. We ended up loosing the last part and walking along the main road trying to avoid oncoming traffic to Masham which was a bit scary. Really did not understand the map after the car park part. Would you be able to explain where we went wrong please ?


Walker
on Wed 21 Feb 2018 19:16:57 CET

Many thanks for your feedback. I have adjusted the walk description in line with your comments. Could you please let us know if the walk description is accurate now for future walkers?


Walker
on Tue 20 Feb 2018 13:41:58 CET

Global average : 3 / 5

Date of walk : 29/01/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Disappointing
Walk interest : Average

Just before (2) the description could be clearer. The path crosses a small stream and turns left to go through a gate into the wood (this is not mentioned). Do not go straight up from crossing the stream - you will be on the wrong side of the fence and getting out at the top requires climbing over gates which are locked. From the online OS map it appears the path leaves the Ripon Rowell inside the wood and eventually follows the fence uphill, with the fence on the right.

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