Hackfall, Landscape Inspiration for Artists

About This Resource

The natural and designed landscape of Hackfall is a rich resource for learning and creativity.  This resource explores how artists have drawn inspiration from the same landscape, Hackfall, to create quite different works of art. It covers a range of techniques, time periods and artistic movements.

In addition, we have included a Literature extension activity - an excerpt from 'Fragments of an English Tour' written by William Beckford in September 1779, inviting students to think about the language used, compare it to modern vocabulary or select passages that might inspire them to paint a picture or write a story.


Hackfall is a wooded site managed by The Woodland Trust in partnership with organisations such as the Hackfall Trust.  The recent restoration work has been made possible due to a grant of almost £1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and further grants from the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Yorventure.  

See Related Links at the bottom of this page for more about Hackfall, Nidderdale AONB and free art resources from the Woodland Trust.

Curriculum links: 


KS2 - Art and Design

Students will compare ideas, methods and approaches in their own and others' work and say what they think and feel about them
Students should be taught the roles and purposes of artists, craftspeople and designers working in different times and cultures.

KS3 - Art and Design

Students learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In art, craft and design, pupils reflect critically on their own and other peopleís work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as artists, craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently, to understand the role of the artist, craftsperson and designer in a range of cultures, times and contexts.

They engage with ideas, images and artefacts, and identifying how values and meanings are conveyed.

Hackfall is north of the village of Grewelthorpe in North Yorkshire»

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