Druid’s Temple, nr Ripon

This 19th century folly is a gem of a place for exploration, and as a bonus less than a kilometre from Swinton Bivouac. If you’re in the area it’s a lovely place for a stop and wander 🙂

Route: The short walk to the temple is on a well signposted decent footpath. For a bit of a longer walk the woods have other trails that can be followed- just pick up a leaflet at the start or let your legs find you a way!

Location: Start at Swinton Bivouac, well signposted. An honesty box for parking is at the car park entrance.

Pushchair access: Our sturdy buggy would have been fine today, in wetter weather some of the tracks may have been pretty muddy.

The woodland path on a wetter visit

Facilities: Swinton Bivouac is a great starting point, there’s a lovely cafe here (amazing ice cream) with fantastic views. There’s a bit of play equipment for children, some owls to look at and the Owl Barn provided a craft area. There’s also lots of space for running around and the all important toilets.Such a simple walk I don’t need much of a description, so instead here’s some pictures! The temple itself is perfect for hide and seek games, and a gorgeous place for a picnic.We’d already made Jess walk a fair distance today (we’d visited Hackfall Woods before coming here) so she saved her energy and used her push bike.There are some lovely views to enjoy!And on returning to the cafe there’s no reason not to treat yourself again!Rachel xxx

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