Hackfall Explorer Trail is a 4.7 kilometer 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.

Distance: 4.7 km Elevation Gain: 160 m Route Type: Loop


nature trips


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historic site

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.

8 days ago

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.

1 month ago

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!

Great walk. pity about rain.

Friday, June 26, 2015

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.

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