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Druid’s Temple is in fact not a real temple but is one of Yorkshire’s quirkiest 19th-century follies. Inspired by Stonehenge and built in 1820 by the then-sheriff of Yorkshire and wealthy landowner, William Danby. The aim was to alleviate local unemployment, paying local workers a shilling a day for their labour.

family day out, druid's temple

At less than 200 years old, it is nonetheless an atmospheric and intriguing location with myths and rumours of mystic practices that have sprung up over its lifetime. There are tales of Devil worship and harrowing frights experienced by those who have spent the night there.

Aside from the myth, The Druids Temple is a tranquil spot to take a picnic and enjoy a stroll with the family on a Yorkshire day out. There are many public footpaths to the main folly, with other standing stones throughout the woodland and the walking trails.

From the picnic spots to the surrounding area, it is also a very dog friendly day out.

At a number of points, there are stunning views over the Leighton reservoir, surrounding moorland and the Yorkshire Dales landscape. Serene and perfect for bird watching with friends and family.

Not far away is Masham, with its lovely market square and with plenty to offer to groups of all ages. We love a trip Brymor Ice Cream, to Swinton Park for a delicious afternoon team, or an excellent pub lunch at the White Bear.


The perfect family day out in North Yorkshire, and only a 30-minute drive from our three luxury holiday cottages at Sun Hill Farm, our self-catering accommodation near Leyburn.

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