Nutwith and Hackfall Walk

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Nutwith and Hackfall Walk is a 9.8 kilometer loop trail located near Masham, North Yorkshire, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running.

Distance: 9.8 km Elevation Gain: 250 m Route Type: Loop


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A circular walk from Swinton Park in North Yorkshire. The walking route takes you across pastures and commons to reach the River Ure and Hackfall Woods, before returning through the beautiful woodland of Nutwith Common. There is plenty of interest along the way, including a stretch of the Ripon Rowel route, passing Nutwith Cote (an Estate Farmhouse which used to be a grange for Fountains Abbey) and lovely riverside views. The route also goes past Hackfall Woods as well as passing through some ancient woodland in Nutwith Common. This walk is published through a collaboration with Swinton Estate to encourage people to discover the 20,000 acre Estate with varying terrain such as woodland, reservoirs, moorland, gardens and parkland. The walk has several climbs and descents throughout. It follows a mixture of field paths, grass commons, riverside paths and woodland tracks. Some parts can get very muddy at times and there are some sections that can be quite overgrown. You will need to negotiate both gates and stiles (including a ladder stile plus enclosed stiles that dogs will need a lift over) and you will be sharing some of the fields with livestock (both sheep and cattle). There are a couple of stretches of road walking along country lanes so take care of traffic. Swinton Estate welcomes visiting walkers (and canine companions) but please remember the usual countryside code rules; take your litter home with you, keep dogs under close control and be careful to shut any gates behind you. Allow 3.5 hours. In terms of facilities, the Terrace Restaurant and Bar within the Swinton Hotel complex is available for refreshments at the start or end of your countryside walk. The bar area is dog-friendly, there is a beautiful courtyard garden and walkers will receive a warm welcome.

1 month ago

This is a nice walk but spoiled with the paths crossing the fields on the Estate. They have been ploughed and reseeded with cereal crops leaving no real path. Prepare to get wet if it is raining. Also not well indicated in some places with broken stile crossings. Not suitable for dogs as you need to lift them at the fence styles.

2 months ago

a nice walk but after ladder stile nr beginning there is a footbridge just before next stile into field l may have gone over wrong stile not sure also the gps app helps a lot on this walk regards bailes

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