Hackfall is a Grade 1 listed woodland with follies, fountains and suprise views.

It is a beautiful area of ancient semi-natural woodland set within a steep, rocky gorge of the River Ure. Owned by the Woodland Trust and managed by the Hackfall Trust, it is open to all who want to explore it.

It was bought in 1731 by the Aislabie family and developed into a fashionable woodland garden with follies, grottoes, surprise views and waterfalls.

A haven for wildlife, it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Grade 1 site in the English Heritage Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England.

You can walk to Hackfall along the River Ure from Masham or on public rights of way from Grewelthorpe.  There is also a small car park on the Grewelthorpe to Masham Road.

Where: near Grewelthorpe, two miles from Masham.

Opening times: 24 hours a day, seven days a week all year round.

Cost: Free

W: www.hackfall.org.uk

Photo Credits: 

Main image: Rustic Temple courtesy of Eric Moss. Central image: Fountains Pond and The Ruin courtesy of David Rodway.