Famous North Yorkshire country estate reopens

One of North Yorkshire's most popular country estates for luxury breaks and outdoor pursuits has reopened out of lockdown.

Tuesday, 7th July 2020, 12:30 pm
Swinton Estate near Masham and Ripon is once again welcoming guests to Swinton Park Hotel.

Swinton Estate near Masham and Ripon is once again welcoming guests to Swinton Park Hotel, the tree lodges and yurts at Swinton Bivouac, and its cottages and restaurants, in line with Government guidelines.

Following 12 weeks of planning, the management team has implemented pre-booking procedures, social distancing measures, enhanced hygiene protocols and personal protection equipment where necessary to ensure the safety of its staff and guests.

Swinton Estate proprietor, Felicity Cunliffe-Lister, said: “Covid-19 has presented the hospitality industry with a unique challenge.

"However the team has worked tirelessly to enable us to confidently re-open with a host of safety measures in place that will protect the health of our valuable guests and visitors.”

Aspects of the estate are already open to day visitors, offering an abundance of outdoor space and a choice of safe, socially distant activities for all ages such as:

1. Mountain Biking, Woodland Walks at Swinton Bivouac

Cyclists can choose from three off-road tracks, which have been designed to make the most of Swinton Bivouac’s unrivalled location on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.

For the more experienced rider, the high adrenaline red trail demands speed and skill whereas the gentle blue trail is suitable for all the family.

Those on foot can explore the woodland walking trails and discover the standing stones of the Druid’s Temple, one of Yorkshire’s most interesting follies.

Open Sunday - Thursday from 10.30am – 5pm and Friday – Saturday from 10.30am – 8pm. Parking is £3 per car.

It is kindly requested that visitors use the car parks rather than park on the road.

2. Clay Pigeon Shooting at EJ Churchill Shooting Ground

The new EJ Churchill Shooting Ground at Swinton Estate is now open to seasoned shots for Claymate (unaccompanied pay & play) and caddied rounds.

The recently renovated site offers a variety of exceptional clay pigeon stands with challenging targets.

Visitors must be experienced shots and bring a valid shotgun licence.

To book contact the team on 01765 357997 / 07958 265250 or email [email protected]

3. Individual Fishing Lessons at Northern Fishing School

Swinton Estate boasts more than four miles of single-bank fishing along the River Ure and six miles of double-bank fishing along the River Burn, where students can learn how to fish for salmon, wild brown trout and grayling.

There is also fantastic Stillwater fishing on Leighton Reservoir and two trout lakes in the hotel grounds where lessons can also be held.

One to one lessons for all abilities are now available with NFS Founder Marina Gibson. To book, please visit www.northernfishingschool.com

4. Historic Parkland Walks at Swinton Park

With 200 acres of historic Parkland, the grounds at Swinton Park are now open seven days a week to walkers of all ages and their dogs.

The Parkland features a summer flower meadow, four acre walled garden and bird hide, and offers spectacular views of the lakes and gardens, follies and bridges, standing stones, waterfalls and moorland Dales.

Parkland open each day from 10.30am-6.30pm.

Payment on the main gate is by card only.

Please observe social distancing at all times.

5. Meet the Birds Of Prey at Swinton Park

The Estate’s Birds of Prey are ready to meet visitors once again. Learn about these impressive birds and experience the thrill of watching them fly, with sessions every Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 2pm. Free of charge with Parkland admission.

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