The Swinton Estate has opened up 200 acres of historic Parkland to members of the public with four exclusive walks on the iFootpath website and App. Walkers are able to access eight miles of private paths in return for a nominal charge that also includes printed maps of the routes and a souvenir packet of wild seeds.
The contribution supports the vital conservation and sustainability of the Grade II listed Parkland, landscaped by William Danby in the 1760s, and accompanies the Estate’s ongoing investment in restoring its buildings and features. The Parkland was left to grow wild for 25 years prior to current owners, Mark and Felicity Cunliffe-Lister, buying the castle back into the family in 2000.
Only accessible to guests of Swinton Park hotel until now, the new Parkland walks feature a summer flower meadow, four acre walled garden, bird hide and children’s play area and offer spectacular views of the lakes and gardens, follies and bridges, standing stones, waterfalls and moorland Dales. The walks can be accessed via the Estate Shop and entry costs £5 per person, £2.50 per child or £12 for a family of four. Under fives go free and all dogs are welcome as long as they are kept under control. An annual pass is also available for £50, which includes a free guest. The iFootpath App is available for £1.99. Guests of Swinton Park hotel and Swinton Country Club & Spa members will continue to enjoy complimentary access.
iFootpath also features another six walks on the wider Estate, which can be accessed free of charge. Furthermore, Swinton offers over 50 miles of public footpaths and permissive access to the woodlands at Druid’s Plantation, Nutwith and Ellington Firth. Felicity Cunliffe-Lister, Proprietor of the Swinton Estate, commented, “We are passionate about the conservation and accessibility of the Parkland in equal measure and want to make sure that everyone can participate in the continued preservation and enjoyment of this beautiful space for years to come.”
Swinton Park, Masham, Ripon, Yorkshire HG4 4JH. Tel: 01765 680900 www.swintonestate.com