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Travel || Masham, Yorkshire

A few weeks ago, Sam planned a secluded escape for us for my birthday. I had a few requests: I wanted to be somewhere reasonably isolated, beautiful with lots of nice walks, near a body of water, and eat my body weight in delicious foods. And like the phenomenal person he is, he planned out a great weekend in Masham (prounounced “Massam” with a silent “h”. English is weird). 

Masham is billed as a “quintessential Dales town” which couldn’t fail to make me laugh. I made many jokes about coming home to reclaim my rightful heritage and be Queen Dales of the Dales. It’s a lovely quiet and beautiful market town, and I definitely recommend planning your stay to overlap with the market weekends. 

Planning a Rural Weekend Break in Masham 




The nearest rail stations are Thirsk and Northallerton, and whilst there are buses, I think a car is really needed to get around. 


Go to the Brymor Dairy and buy an ice-cream cone. Buy 12 ice-cream cones because Brymor is some of the best ice-cream I’ve ever had in my life. And long-time readers of my blog will know that I don’t mess around when it comes to the frozen stuff. It was so creamy that it was almost more like gelato! 

Go on a Wensleydale cheese tour, as it’s is the major local cheese. 

If you like your beer, there are two breweries in town that do guided tours: Black Sheep and / Theakston


If you’re out in the area, you have to set aside some time to go on some long country walks.

The Druid’s Temple is a replica of Stonehenge built in 1800. If may only be a folly but it definitely has an atmosphere about it! It’s definitely a hidden treasure.

The Forbidden Corner is also just around the corner from Masham. I’ve been bothering Sam about planning a visit to the Forbidden Corner for about 6 years now. It’s one of the largest follies in the world and it’s an absolutely crazy experience. I have a whole blog post planned about it for later on. 

Jervaulx Abbey is close to Ripon (about a 15 minute drive from Masham) and is the ruins of a Cisterian abbey on 125 acres of beautiful parkland. The abbey is open from dawn till dusk and there’s no official ticketing office. There’s just an honesty box for park payments, and it’s such a beautiful site that I sincerely hope that people do pay their fee!

Jervaulx Abbey: 

Druids Temple: 


There are lots of sweet hotels and B ‘n’ Bs but I highly recommend AirBnb for the area! We were able to find a period converted mill-house cottage from the 1700s right on the River Ure. It was an absolute delight and I couldn’t recommend it more highly! Susan was a lovely host and you can find her page here

(This picture looks like the picture you get when you buy a frame.) 

Have you ever explored this part of England before? 

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  • What a cute little place, I’m glad you had a nice little getaway!


  • This won’t be relevant to many people but in the Cormoran Strike books, Robin (female main character) is from Masham, and parts of the novels are set there! Which is why I have always been curious about Masham, but have not been because it’s so far away from me. So thanks for exploring it for me! x

    • I had forgotten that (i.e. not remembered that at all)! I read “Cuckoo’s Calling” but not the other two. Do you recommend them? x

      • I really do, I think they’re great – strong characterisation, intriguing plot, great dialogue, classic page-turning mystery detective novels. If you liked The Cuckoo’s Calling then they only get better. But of course, it’s not everyone’s sort of thing x

  • never heard of it, very lovely though:)

  • Ashley Angle

    This town is so gorgeous! It sounds/looks like are plenty of things to stay and do. Thanks for posting – living vicariously through you!
    Ashley @ A Cute Angle //

  • Vicky McQueen

    Yes!! Brymor Ice Cream is THE best! Loving the fact your based up north now, so when I see your good/local travel posts I can actually go try them out for myself.

  • Sophie

    Ah this looks wonderful! I’m dying to see more of Yorkshire.
    A Story of a Girl

  • So idyllic!

  • Amy

    Love Masham! We stayed here about a month ago in a little cabin just next to the Druid’s Temple, which is such an unusual place to explore.

    • Did you stay in those little eco pods/yurts/cabins? I really want to stay there- it looked great! X

      • Amy

        Yes, we stayed in one of the cabins – it’s called Swinton Bivouac. It comes up on Secret Escapes quite often so you might be able to get a cheap deal on it 🙂

  • Ah we were on our way to Masham when we got engaged last year! Celebrated with a pint of Old Peculier at the Theakston brewery 🙂 looks like you had a lovely time, that’s such a gorgeous Airbnb! Wish we’d seen Druid’s Temple whilst we were in the area, it looks so fascinating xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua

    • Ah that’s such a lovely story! And what a beautiful place to have such nice memories attached to. If you ever retrace that trip, definitely detour to Druids Temple! X

  • Miu

    It is looking so lovely! You can be a proud Queen 🙂