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Hackfall Explorer Trail is a 2.9 mile loop trail located near Ripon, North Yorkshire, England that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 524 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Waterfall

Wildlife

Historic site

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Getting There

A circular and fairly strenuous trail around the woodland of Hackfall, near Masham in North Yorkshire. The magic of Hackfall is undeniable. From a castle and follies to wonderful old trees, Hackfall is steeped in history. Its unique buildings sit alongside waterfalls and ponds in an ancient woodland teeming with life. The walk includes several steep hills throughout, including some flights of uneven woodland steps. The narrow woodland paths are mostly unmade, are uneven with tree roots and rocks and can get very muddy in part so sturdy boots are required. Some of the narrow paths high on the gorge sides sit alongside steep drops down to the gorge bottom, so the route is not recommended for the faint-hearted. You will need to negotiate some steps and kissing gates, plus two stiles (with purpose-built adjacent dog gates). The stiles can be avoided if you aim to finish your walk between 11am and 3pm. One field at the start and finish of the route may be holding sheep, but otherwise the route is free of livestock. Entry to the woodland is free and dogs are welcome. There are no refreshments, toilets or other facilities on site. Approximate time 2 to 3 hours.

Hackfall woodland is located in the Nidderdale AONB in North Yorkshire, about half a mile north of the village of Grewelthorpe and 3 miles south of Masham. The free car park is marked with a brown tourism sign and sits to the east of the Masham-Grewelthorpe road. The car park is small so if you wish to visit at the weekends or during holidays, arrive early to avoid disappointment. Approximate post code HG4 3DE.

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Eliot Barrass
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Walking

Lovely, well-marked forest path with plenty of follies and sights to keep the kids going. Got caught in the rain so missed off the Raven Scar loop, but substituted other, more 'internal' tracks instead. Took around 2 hours with two kids (3 and 5 years old). Can give Fountain Pond a miss imo. Bit muddy in parts. Glad I had my boots. Car-park was v. busy when I left. Wouldn't have liked my chances of getting parked after (say) 10am. 4.5 Stars overall

James Grantham
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

Great walk. A Forrest trail with a couple of amazing views and the river is very nice too. Great place to let kids get out for an adventure

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Sima Altaee
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HikingMuddyRocky

Great hike, beautiful views

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Laura Hepworth
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HikingBlowdownMuddy

Fab walk with plenty to see en route, however some trees were down so we had to climb over them and it was extremely muddy, my walking boots were covered and it was very slippy underfoot so be careful.

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Jessica Dawson
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Helen Shaw
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Hiking

Absolutely fantastic walk around although I think we took a slightly different path to this at some point and we did 3.8 miles. The dog and the kids also throughly enjoyed it, can’t wait to go back in autumn

Sam O'Brien
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HikingMuddy

Great dog friendly trail, just Very muddy in places!

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Patrick samuel
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Hiking

Great walk with a few attractions, old ruins, waterfalls and fountain. It has a few steep places to climb so not just a flat promenade. The dog loved it as well.

Wayne Pickard
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Hiking

Our first trail using the app, myself and my two kids did it (4 and 6 years old). Maybe a bit more challenging for their first one, but I really enjoyed it. Well described, and a good work out. Managed to get back into Masham to sample a beer at Theakstons Brewery, so a great afternoon!

Shaun Minnett
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Hiking

Great walk. pity about rain.

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Emma Mitchell
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Great walk, loads to do and some fantastic views. Loads of good muddy puddles, streams to race sticks in and we even built a sandcastle. The steps are very steep and provide a pretty good workout for the thighs!

Richard J
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First to Review

I liked every part of this walk from the riverside path and the climb to Raven Scar to the magnificent views near the end of the walk. We were lucky enough to see the fountain too. It's easy to imagine how wonderful this must have been to visitors when it was originally built.

Alan Tasker
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Oli Hodges
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Hiking
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Nicki Foster
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Alex Nelson
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Pete .
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Stuart Gibson
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Matthew Blackmore
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Hiking
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sophie w.
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Hiking
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Alyssa Yeo
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Adam Mead
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Martynas Smaidziunas
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Estela Villanueva Navarro
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Phil Roe-Parkin
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