Masham

North Yorkshire

Masham is a market town in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire.

The small town is close to the edge of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The town is well-known for its two breweries, Theakston's and the Black Sheep Brewery, both of which have visitor centres.

Masham has a market charter dating back to the mid-13th century. Its market place, surrounded by fine Georgian buildings, is huge for a town of Masham's size and stems from large sheep markets having being held there in the past.

Masham Sheep Fair (October 5-6, 2019) celebrates a time when as many as 70,000 sheep were sold there each year.

The town also has an annual steam engine rally in mid-July (July 20-21, 2019) in fields just north of the town, featuring traction engines and other steam-powered vehicles.

Masham has a number of galleries and studios where local artists and craftspeople work, including a glassmaker producing glass ornaments.

 Town features


Masham is close to the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The town is on the River Ure and River Burn.
Masham has local traders and a supermarket. Masham offers butchers, clothes, crafts, sweets, an outdoor market (Wed Sat).
The town has a Post Office branch.
Masham has a choice of pubs.
Restaurant dining and cafes can be found in Masham.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include fish and chips, sandwiches.
There are public toilets in the town with limited hours of use - (8am-8pm).
Places of worship: Anglican, Methodist.
Places to stay in Masham include hotel, guest house, caravan, camping accommodation.

Travel

Bus travel

The town has buses to neighbouring towns and villages. Services to Ripon, Leyburn, Richmond.

Road travel

Masham can be reached via the A6108 B6267 B6268 .


Places to visit

Ripon

One of Yorkshire's historic cities, Ripon has a cathedral dedicated in 672 which was founded by St Wilfred, the Abbot of the monestary of Ripon. The smallest of Yorkshire's seven cities, Ripon also continues ancient traditions, including The Ripon Hornblower who blows the horn at the town's Obelisk in its Market Place at 9pm each evening. Ripon also features some fascinating museums revealing its historic past: a Prison and Police Museum, a Workhouse Museum and Garden and a Courthouse Museum. Find out more about Ripon.

The Wensleydale Railway

Leeming Bar - Bedale - Finghall - Leyburn - Redmire
A railway service into the Yorkshire Dales running from Leeming Bar, near the A1(M) towards Bedale, Finghall, Leyburn and Redmire, at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It operates a heritage diesel service and steam on some dates. The line was extended eastwards to Northallerton West, but the effects of flooding on a bridge at the end of 2015 resulted in that section of line remaining closed to passenger services in 2018. The railway company also has aims of restoring the line westward into the National Park.

Further information at the  Wensleydale Railway website

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

Fountains, near Ripon, North Yorkshire
A World Heritage site containing Britain's most complete Cistercian abbey ruins. Fountains Abbey dates from 1132 when it became the home of 13 monks. The water gardens in the wooded valley of the River Skell were a Georgian addition to the Studley Royal Estate with features including classical statues, follies and garden buildings. Also on the estate are the 12th century Fountains Mill, the early 17th century Fountains Hall, the Porter's Lodge exhibition in the abbey gatehouse, St Mary's Church, a splendid Victorian Gothic Church, and a deer park. The estate is off the B6265 Ripon to Pateley Bridge road about 3 miles south-west of Ripon and is managed by The National Trust.
Find out more at the  National Trust - Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal website.

Marmion Tower

West Tanfield
An impressive stone gatehouse to a lost manor house beside the River Ure which was once the manor of Elizabeth Parr, grandmother of Queen Katherine Parr, the sixth and last wife of King Henry VIII. The manor passed to Elizabeth Parr in 1513, but the gatehouse is now its only significant remains. The gatehouse was originally built during the latter part of the 14th century but has been remodelled several times. Its first floor has a splendid projecting oriel window. The 69 spiral steps of the tower can be climbed during its daily opening times. The tower is managed by English Heritage and there is no admission charge.
More information at the  English Heritage - Marmion Tower website.

Lightwater Valley

North Stainley
Lightwater Valley is a theme park in 70 hectares of countryside off the A6108 near North Stainley about 4 miles north-north-west of Ripon. It also includes an Angry Birds Activity Park, falconry centre, farm, a country shopping village, cafe and more than 40 rides and attractions, including Europe's longest roller coaster ride, The Ultimate.

The World of James Herriot

23 Kirkgate, Thirsk
This museum paying tribute to vet and author James Herriot offers a wealth of things to see at his original practice surgery. The writer, whose real name was James Alfred Wight, wrote a series of semi-autobiographical books through the 1970s which were adapted for two films and a popular BBC TV series. Alf Wight continued to write through the 1980s and early 1990s, focusing more on children's books later in his life. The museum presents the house as it would have been in the 1940s and has an air-raid shelter in the cellar. There is a big display of veterinary instruments from the past to the modern day, a farrier's workshop, a massive collection of James Herriot memorabilia and a behind the scenes look at TV's 'All Creatures Great and Small' including a restored vintage car used in the series.

Further information at  The World of James Herriot website. More about Thirsk  Find Thirsk on map

Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Extending across an area of 232 square miles (603 sq km), the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty starts 2 miles from Ripon and under a mile from Masham. It covers an area between those towns and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, just a few miles further away. At its centre is the small town of Pateley Bridge. The area has a beautiful and varied landscape including rolling heather-topped moorland, stone-walled agricultural fields and farms, small villages, lake-like reservoirs and some outstanding geological features, the best known of which are Brimham Rocks. For more details see our Nidderdale page.

Yorkshire Dales National Park

After going through the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the 841 square miles (2,179 square kilometers) of the Yorkshire Dales National Park starts just 15 miles west of Ripon. Find out more on our Yorkshire Dales National Park page.


Emergency services

North Yorkshire Police  North Yorkshire Police website.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service  North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service website.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust  Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust website.

Local government


Civil parish council

Masham Parish Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website  Masham Parish Council

District authority

Harrogate Borough Council

Harrogate is the administrative centre of Harrogate Borough, one of the large district authorities of the North Yorkshire County Council area and the most populous of its seven districts.

The borough also includes many other villages, towns including Knaresborough, Boroughbridge and Pateley Bridge and the city of Ripon.

Within the borough are 76 town and civil parish councils and 11 parish meetings.

The borough council was made up of 54 elected members with one-third elected in each year out of four, but from 2018 there are now 40 elected members elected each four years.

Link to council website
 Harrogate Borough Council .

The political composition after the May 2018 election is:
3172
40 members

County authority

North Yorkshire County Council
Includes the Harrogate borough and six other non-unitary districts of North Yorkshire.
 North Yorkshire County Council website.

Police and Crime Commissioner

Police and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire
Covers the county of North Yorkshire and City of York.
 Police and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire website.

Fire Authority

The North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service was previously governed by the North Yorkshire Combined Fire Authority made up of elected members from across the broad areas of North Yorkshire and City of York councils which it serves. Following a ministerial announcement in June 2018 the governance of the fire service was transferred to the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire from 15 November 2018.
Further information at the  North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service website.
 Police and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire website.

National government region

Yorkshire and the Humber

Ceremonial county

North Yorkshire

Historic

-1974: In the West Riding of Yorkshire.

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