Planning a Visit
Access and Footwear
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 2 hours.
The Hackfall Trust has done much to improve the footpaths but despite their best efforts there are a few areas that seem to be perpetually muddy. The recommended footwear is good hiking boots and in particularly wet conditions wellies are an alternative. The high path in Common Wood at the Mickley end of Hackfall is at the top of a very steep slope in places and particular care should be taken here.
The best place to park is in the new car park at the Masham end of Hackfall. The car park is free and sometimes busy, particularly when the river is high in summer and canoeists come to enjoy the falls.
Car Park Location
OS X (Eastings) 423059 OS Y (Northings) 477514 Nearest Post Code HG4 3DE
You will find a leaflet dispenser on the gate post on the way out of the car park which has a supply of free guide leaflets in it. Paul, the Hackfall Officer does his best to keep this perpetually full. The leaflet has some useful information and a map. You can download a map to help you to plan your visit here
Paul, the Hackfall Officer has put together a series of useful audio guides in podcast format so that you can take them with you on your iPod if you wish. You can find more details and download links here
There are no toilets on site. The nearest public toilets are in Masham (about 2 miles) behind the Bruce Arms and Old Police Station.
Location – nearest postcode HG4 4DY, Co-ordinates 54.22256, -1.655965
The Landlord of the Crown Inn in Grewelthorpe has kindly offered to allow visitors to Hackfall to use the pub toilets. These are accessible by the back door during opening hours. There’s no obligation to buy a drink or anything from the pub. Having said that they do serve excellent food, teas, coffees and off course beer wines and spirits. The Crown is a warm cosy place to relax after visiting Hackfall.
The Crown Inn Location Nearest postcode HG4 3BS, Co-ordinates 54.1817, -1.64845
The Crown Inn Grewelthorpe – Free use of toilets. A cosy place to relax and have a bite to eat.