As we head towards the Summer Holidays, Mumbler will be running a series of blogs featuring our favourite family-friendly days out. This week we start with the beautiful Hackfall Woods.
Hackfall Wood is located on the outskirts of Grewelthorpe village. The beautiful ancient woodlands provide the perfect place for a fun, family day out. Ideal for when the weather is hot, the kids can explore in the shade of the trees and splash in the shallow pools and streams. The River Ure runs through the woodland providing a small, sandy beach area that’s great to picnic on.
Hackfall has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because, according to the Woodland Trust, of the large number of birds, plants, insects and other invertebrates that make their home there. Keep an eye out for the electric blue flash of the kingfisher or the whistle of an elusive otter and the carpet of bluebells in the Spring.
Once owned by John Aislabie, who had owned and designed the gardens of Studley Royal, Hackfall was transformed into a beautiful woodland garden by his son, William, and much of the landscape he created back in the 1700s can be seen today as it has been sympathetically restored. Many of the grottoes or follies can still be seen, which are great for the kids to explore, as well as “surprise view” waterfalls and a gravity-fed fountain, still in working order. Hackfall is now owned by The Woodland Trust, supported by the Hackfall Trust and is maintained by a team of volunteers working with the AONB.
Open to the public from dawn till dusk, there is a car park, located on the road between Grewelthorpe and Masham (nearest postcode: HG4 3DE). The paths throughout the woodland can get muddy and many are unsuitable for a pushchair so a sling or backpack is advised if travelling with a little one. To make the most of your day out download the Hackfall Wood map from the Woodland Trust website to ensure you don’t miss a thing including the ruins of Mowbray Castle, the stepping stones over the weir and Forty-Foot Falls. The map offers a choice of walks ranging from 30 minutes to one of 2-3 hours.
Screen-Free Friday Wildlife Session
17th August 10.30am – 12.30pm
The Wild Watch will be running a screen-free session at Hackfall this Summer aimed at getting the kids outside. Booking not required. Check the Wild Watch AONB website for details nearer the time.
Lunar Eclipse Night
27th July 8 – 10.30pm
Join astronomers at the Lime Tree observatory (near to Hackfall in Grewelthorpe) to learn about Lunar eclipses and, weather permitting, witness one too! After the talk, at 9.30pm on this night the Full Moon will rise in mid-eclipse and we will be there with our telescopes to view it.
Adult: £9 (£8 + £1 booking fee), Child under 16: Free
Booking Essential. Please book here.