Here at Bivouac we love all things luxurious and rustic, sustainable and thoughtful. Our site is located in the sweeping landscape of Swinton Park Estate and is situated near the local landmark of Druids Temple, an intriguing 19th century folly.
We have six original, hand crafted, round-wood timber frame shacks tucked away in our beautiful woodland, further down burrowed into the hillside, nearer our main facilities are our eight canvas yurts resting on individual wooden platforms.
Nearby attractions and activities
Bivouac Swinton is in the heart of Swinton Park, 20,000 acres of Estate Parkland and is home to everything that makes the Yorkshire countryside so beautiful; rivers, moorland, reservoirs and dales. The 19th Century folly, Druid’s Temple, and the surrounding woodland make for a fantastic starting point for any number of excursions across the moorland, or an ideal location for a short stroll drinking in the natural beauty of the forest and spectacular views.
Activities available on site include massages, foraging workshops, climbing sessions, forest school and wine tasting.
Attractions near The Bivouac
- Jervaulx Abbey (4.4 miles)
- Fountains Abbey (8.3 miles)
- Richmond Castle (13.7 miles)
- Braithwaite Hall (5.6 miles)
- Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden (8.3 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Activities near The Bivouac
Masham, the River Ure and the River Burn (3.1 miles) Walking
Cover Bridge - Thornton Steward - Jervaulx - Cover Bridge (5.7 miles) Walking
Middleham - River Cover - East Witton - Cover Bridge - Middleham (6.5 miles) Walking
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Leave the car at home
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Small (11-25 pitches)
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Ripon Bus Station — 9.5mi
Catterick Coach Stop — 12.6mi
Thirsk: Market Place Clock Coach Stop — 15.6mi
- Train stations
Thirsk Rail Station — 14.4mi
Northallerton Rail Station — 14.6mi
Harrogate Rail Station — 16.4mi
- Ferry ports
- Transporter Bridge South Side — 33.0mi
Leeds Bradford International Airport — 23.3mi
Durham Tees Valley Airport — 24.3mi
Bivouac Swinton is about five miles west from Masham, a charming Wensleydale market town renowned for its breweries (Black Sheep and Theakstons) and annual Sheep Fair. The villages of Ilton, Fearby and Healey are all a short drive/half hour walk away.
The Bivouac is 30 minutes drive from the A1 and eight miles north of Ripon.
Please note when planning your journey, due to road works on the A1 (M1) guests coming from the south should be aware that our nearest junction is not currently open. We suggest you come off at J48 and travel to Masham via Ripon. If you are using satnav it probably will not alter the route for you so you may need to deviate from its instructions. Our guests coming from the north should take the Masham/Leyburn turning as normal when leaving the A1 at the Bedale junction which is also under construction and subject to diversion.
Once you reach Masham we recommend that you take the route below as passing places have been provided to aid the journey on the narrow country roads that lead up to our site.
As you approach Masham from the A1(M) or Ripon/Bedale ignore the left hand fork that is sign posted to the town centre and stay on the A6108, skirting round the edge of the town.
Once you pass the Wendsleydale Garage on your right take the second left on to Fearby Rd.
If approaching from Leyburn, turn right onto Fearby Road before you reach the centre of town.
Carry on this road for just under two miles through the village of Fearby and pass the Black Swan pub on your left.
Once you leave the village you will reach Kell Bank Primary School on your left and just before it take a sharp left down the hill.
After you have crossed over a small bridge you will reach a T-Junction where you will need to turn right up the hill towards Ilton.
At the top of the hill the road takes a sharp bend to the left follow it around and continue straight on.
After half a mile turn right signposted to The Bivouac and Druid’s Temple.
As you reach the top of the hill, the road comes to an end. Take the left hand turn down a rough track to the farm house and parking area.
Permitted arrival time
i. When cancelling bookings in the Woodland Shacks or Meadow Yurts, any cancellation within the last 2-6 weeks prior to the date of stay will incur a charge of 75% of the total cost. Any cancellation within 2 weeks prior to the date of stay will incur a charge of 100% of total cost.
ii. Cancellations must be sent in writing. Should Bivouac not be informed of
your cancellation in writing, Bivouac will look to recover any loss of income
in advance of your stay.
Please note that your deposit paid to Pitchup.com is non-refundable.
Payment of balance
Payment of the final balance is payable 6 weeks prior to arrival or as soon as possible when booking within 6 weeks of arrival. Please contact us using the details in your confirmation email to arrange payment.
Bivouac reserves the right to cancel your booking if payment conditions are not upheld. Receipt of your booking deposit confirms your acceptance of all terms and conditions.
Cards accepted on the parkMaestro
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
Arrival is from 3pm and departure is before 10am.
Check availability at The Bivouac…
For a 4 night stay, between Sat 1 Jun - Wed 5 Jun, for 2 adults
Bursting with charm, our shacks have been inspired by the traditional timber framing revival happening across the country. Sleeping up to seven in one king size double, one double and three singles, our shacks are like little houses in the woods with everything you need for a quirky self catered ...
Max. persons: 7x
Bursting with charm, our shacks have been inspired by the traditional timber framing revival happening across the country.
Sleeping up to seven in one king size double, one double and three singles, our shacks are like little houses in the woods with everything you need for a quirky self catered holiday.
The off-grid nature of our accommodation provides a relaxing place to get away from busy modern day life.
There is a range and gas hob for cooking, hot water heated by wood burner, bed linen provided. There is no electricity so bring torches!
All bed linen and tea towels are provided.