Where is this walk?

Hackfall Woods near Masham

February 28, 2018

The walk to Hackfall Woods near Masham takes you alongside the River Ure. The woods are beautiful in Spring and summer with the return to Masham past the village of Grewelthorpe.

The Walk

Hackfall Woods near Masham is a lovely area of woodland which is being restored by the Woodland Trust after years of decline. The approach along the River Ure via the Ripon Rowel footpath is an ideal way to arrive at the woods. Returning via the pretty village of Grewelthorpe and Nutwith Common makes sense and completes a pleasant circuit. It particular the contrast of riverside, woodland and great views across the Ure towards Masham make for a fine day out.

I first completed the walk in February and the woods were not at their best. However on subsequent visits its beauty, variety and interest became more apparent. It was a very popular walk for the Victorians in particular. William Wordsworth was inspired and JW Taylor wielded his paintbrush here. Earlier the Aislabie family had bought the land and built a number of stone follies in the woods.

The Woodland Trust have recently undertaken a project of restoration. New view points for the actual Hack Fall and paths leading up to the folly overlooking the bend in the river have all been improved. It is an area that one of our greatest artists JMR Turner enjoyed in the early 19th century. A number of his paintings depicted the woods and falls of Hackfall.


Take time in the woods and follow the ‘off shoot’ paths to enticing little corners and surprises.

Navigation Tips in Hackfall Woods

When you are in the riverside look for the path heading uphill and out of the woods towards Grewelthorpe. It is opposite the small island where the river does a large left handed loop.

  • Hi there
    Lovely website and was a pleasure to read some nice feedback about The Crown Inn, Grewelthorpe. Please could Admin get in touch regarding mentioning our B&B as a place to stay for the walks. possibly also outlining our opening times and what we have to offer?
    Kind Regards
    Sophie & Kevin
    The Crown Inn

  • Lisa Butterworth says:

    This was a great walk even though 2 miles in, the heavens opened and we got soaking wet. The going was tough along the river towards Hackfall Woods but I think this was mainly due to the wet weather. Quite a bit overgrown too with lots of brambles so best to avoid wearing walking shorts at this time of year.
    Walk tried July 2016, highly recommended. The Crown Inn at Grewelthorpe was a great stop off for a cuppa and a cake.
    Thanks for the recommendation.

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