I love the Yorkshire Dales. One of my favourite places is Masham. (Note: pronounced “Mass ‘em,” not “Mash ‘em.”) Here’s where it is in North Yorkshire.
So what’s there to see at Masham?
- September sheep fair, where you can actually stroke a sheep on its head, when it’s in a sheep pen and wants to be stroked like a dog.
- Bi-weekly market, to be found on the Market Square (funny, that). That’s Wednesdays and Saturdays. Bargains and banter always guaranteed. Masham market was where I first ate a delicious, crunchy Pink Lady apple.
- Bordar House Café on the market square. I can heartily recommend their all-day breakfasts and omelettes. Food p0rn par excellence!
- St Mary’s church, a most impressive and fascinating building which has been there for years.
- Two breweries (yes – two), namely Theakstons and Black Sheep breweries. Depending on wind direction, you can smell the malt up to seven (7) miles away, a treat for the olfactory nerves.
(For more information, click on www.visitmasham.com .)
Masham was regarded as The Bustling Metropolis in the mid-70’s, when our family used to fly over from our German garrison town and spend the summer in our Grandma’s Yorkshire Dales hamlet. Wednesday mornings saw the once-weekly bus arrive at the village to take you to Masham market, the premier shopping experience. Life was very quiet in the mid-70’s compared to nowadays. In fact, the highlight of the day for us three pads brats was to sit by the village postbox and watch the postman open said object and throw the contents thereof into his sack. This was pre-smartphone days.
As for the postboxes in Masham, there are, I regret to say, no exciting ones there – just normal E II R ones. Finally, Masham post office is where I bought my first scrapbook (hardback A4 writing book, back in November 2013.) How time flies, eh?
Have a “massive” day, won’t you!