Come and explore Hackfall with us taking in the history, wildlife, and management of this ancient woodland and associated habitats close to Masham.  This two-hour volunteer-led walk is a fascinating insight into this woodland and the surrounding landscape.  The walk is free but booking essential.

Don't forget

Remember to wrap up warm and prepare for all weather as we can’t promise sunshine. Please wear stout footwear.

Please be aware there are no toilet facilities. The nearest facilities are in Masham and the pub in Grewelthorpe

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. 

When and where

  • Date: Thursday 14 October, 10.30am - 12.30pm.
  • Price: Free, but donations to support the management of our woodlands are welcome.
  • Location: Situated on the edge of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales within the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Hackfall covers 47 hectares (nearly 120 acres) of ancient semi-natural woodland within a steep, rocky gorge of the River Ure. It is 18 miles from Harrogate, six miles north-west of Ripon, three miles from Masham, and on the doorstep of the village of Grewelthorpe
  • Dogs: Well-behaved dogs are on leads welcome.
  • Access: There is no wheelchair access to Hackfall because of the steep terrain. Some paths are compacted earth and can be very muddy, particularly in wet conditions. The walk is approximately 2 miles long with frequent stops to take in the views. All of the paths are unsurfaced apart from the initial entrance track which follows on from the steps out of the car park. 
  • Parking: The free Woodland Trust car park  HG4 3BS, approximately 0.85km (0.5 miles) west of  Grewelthorpe Village.

How to book

Booking is essential as places are limited. To book, please email

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48.06 ha (118.76 acres)

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