Masham is a lovely, small market town in Lower Wensleydale. It was famous in medieval times as a centre for the Dales Sheep industry and was granted a market charter in 1250. Today Masham still hosts a market on Wednesday, Saturday and bank holidays in the impressive central market place. For the visitor Masham offers many attractions: splendid Georgian architecture and a fine church; a park ideal for families with tennis courts, golf and horse riding facilities all nearby. There are plenty of walks from gentle riverside strolls to moorland hikes and an extensive events calendar throughout the year. A highlight of the year is the Masham Steam Rally 21st - 22nd July 2012.
Masham has a variety of independent shops, welcoming pubs offering locally brewed ales -Masham is home to the Theakston's and Black Sheep Breweries - cafés, restaurants and a range of accommodation to suit all tastes. It is the perfect place to stay for exploring the Northern and Eastern Dales.