GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Hackfall Woods

1 miles (2 km)

These peaceful woods near Grewelthorpe have miles of nice walking trails to try. It's a special place with grottos, old temples, follies, waterfalls and riverside paths along the River Ure. There's also a nice pond with a fountain, carpets of bluebells in the spring and a variety of woodland birds to look out for.
The woods include the famous viewpoint at Limehouse Hill. The climb is well worth the effort as there are splendid views of Masham Church, The Ruin and Mowbray Castle which was famously painted by Turner.
The Ripon Rowel long distance walking route passes through the woods so you have the option of extending your walk along the River Ure in either direction. This walk starts from the car park near the woods but you could also start from the nearby town of Masham and follow the Ripon Rowel along the river to the woods. It's about a 2 mile walk from the town. For a longer circular walk see our Grewelthorpe Walk which starts from the nearby village.
Just to the west of the woods you will find Nutwith Common where there are miles of forest trails to try.


HG4 3DE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Hackfall Woods OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Hackfall Woods 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.

Dog Walking

The woods are a splendid place for a dog walk with miles of trails. There is some farmland around so it's best to keep the dogs on leads in these areas.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

At easter time there's the lovely Peter Rabbit& Friends Easter Woodland Adventure Trail where the children can search for easter eggs around the woods.
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.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Fisher's Hall in Hackfall Woods - - 911998

Fisher's Hall in Hackfall Woods, near to Grewelthorpe. Built for the Head Gardener by William Aislabie in the 18th century

Winter sunshine in Hackfall Wood - - 638652

Winter sunshine in Hackfall Wood Winter sunshine filters through the trees a couple of days before Christmas. In a few weeks the forest floor will be carpeted with snowdrops, aconites, wood anemones etc.

Hackfall Rustic Ruin - - 1525512

The Rustic Ruin Folly

Mowbray Point Ruin - - 1525494

Mowbray Point Ruin. This Folly in Hackfall woods is owned by the Landmark Trust and you can actually stay in it

The River Ure - - 116750

The River Ure. Photographed from the northern shore, looking east, the River Ure twists its way through the Hackfall gorge deep in the woods. Popular with canoeists.

At Hackfall Wood (37289896)

Bench and viewpoint at one of the high points

The Ure Valley from Mowbray Point - - 114131

Autumnal trees in the Ure Valley from Mowbray Point. Looking NE from Mowbray Point, the path of the hidden River Ure can be discerned in the trees of Hackfall Wood below. Beyond, the Vale of York.

Hackfall Wood (38732892)

Lovely woodland scene


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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