Hackfall Woods fountain
North Yorkshire

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Hackfall wood is open all the time, however there is no disabled access to Hackfall. The terrain makes it impossible to provide access for wheel chairs and unless you are reasonably fit you will find the walk back up the slope challenging. If you want to explore Hackfall at a reasonably leisurely pace then allow at least two hours.

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Hackfall appears today to be a natural wood, a 'beautiful wilderness' to quote one of the 19th Century writers who thought Hackfall wood one of the most beautiful places in the country. In fact it is very much a landscape moulded by man.

Hackfall is at the Masham end of the village of Grewelthorpe in North Yorkshire. The landscape that can be seen today was in large part a result of design and work undertaken by the Aislabies. John Aislabie bought Hackfall wood for 906 in 1731. He was already famous for his landscaping work at nearby Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. William built follies, many of which can still be seen. He also created grottoes, surprise views, waterfalls and a fountain.

Visit www.hackfall.org.uk for more information.


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 and Yorventure.

Contact Details:
Paul Mosley, Hackfall Officer Tel:0845 2935847

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Exciting things for families to discover at Hackfall including:

Tree treasure hunters

Creature Clues

Rocky record breakers

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Hackfall is a place of magic, inspiration and adventure. It is a special ancient place that has been woodland for at least 500 years.

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