This circular walk around Grewelthorpe uses the Ripon Rowel long distance trail to visit Hackfall Woods and the River Ure. The route runs for a distance of about 4 miles using a mixture of public footpaths and country lanes.
You start the walk in the village and follow footpaths north east towards the river and the woods. Here you pick up the waymarked Ripon Rowel and follow it west into Hackfall Woods. The woods are a popular place with grottos, old temples, follies, waterfalls and riverside paths along the River Ure. You'll then climb to Limehouse Hill where there are splendid views of Masham Church, The Ruin and Mowbray Castle which was famously painted by Turner.
After descending the hill the route follows more woodland paths back into Grewelthorpe.
Grewelthorpe Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Grewelthorpe Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Grewelthorpe OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Grewelthorpe Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head to The Crown Inn in Grewelthorpe for some refreshments after your walk. The country pub is a popular draw for walkers coming from the woods. It has a good menu, a beer garden for fine days and is also very dog friendly. You can find it just to the south of the woods on Main Street in the pretty little village. Postcode is HG43BS for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
One nice idea is to continue along the Ripon Rowel north into Masham. Here you'll find nice trails along the River Burn and the splendid Swinton Estate with its deer park and expansive parkland.
Just to the east you can visit the neighbouring village of West Tanfield. Here you'll find the 15th century Marmion Tower, a fine 17th century riverside pub and the lovely Nosterfield Nature Reserve.