Having had an excellent stay in Harrogate the day before, we decided to call in somewhere on the way home for a small walk. Masham was an ideal choice for this, located in the breathtakingly beautiful region of Lower Wensleydale, Masham (pronounced 'Massam') is famous for its family-run breweries amongst other things. It's a town though, don't call it a village - We did once and got pulled up for it ! But they're a friendly bunch of locals, that's for sure.
The market square is home to plenty cafe's and coffee shops with ample parking in the centre or down by the river where we went (honesty boxes are provided with no fixed charges which makes a pleasant change). The town also has plenty of pubs - and some good ones at that.
We enjoyed the day that much, we decided to stay over for the night too - this proved to be a wise decision as we had drinks all afternoon in the Kings Head and had a fantastic meal in the very friendly White Bear and then sang away the night in the folk club held in the adjacent bar (two Mondays every month apparently).
The walk was a gentle stroll around the outskirts of Masham, following in part the 'Ripon Rowel path' for a couple of miles and then alongside the River Burn and River Ure before returning to the town centre.
A great time was certainly had.
3D outline of route