Hackfall remains open for local exercise.

Hackfall is a beautiful landscape open to all.

Planning a Visit

Visitor announcement from Woodland Trust

Hackfall car park & alternative ways to visit.

You are welcome to enjoy this site, but please stay safe by keeping a social distance of at least two metres and ensure dogs are under close control at all times.

We’re experiencing a higher than usual number of visitors to Hackfall at the moment. And the small car park is very busy and often full to capacity. For the safety of all visitors, and other road users, please don’t park on the nearby verge, or along the road edge when visiting Hackfall.

Alternative parking is available in Grewelthorpe (footpath to Hackfall via the Crown Inn), or Masham. For a longer ramble try the 7-8 mile Masham to Hackfall walk. Here’s a link to the Hackfall Route map copies also available locally at the Masham Community Office

Free Entry
There is no charge for enjoying the delights of Hackfall.

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.

Visitor Leaflet
Download a visitor leaflet here: Hackfall Visitor Leaflet 5mb pdf file.

Free Car Parking
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
54.192877, -1.648086

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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
There is also a toilet at Grewelthorpe Village Hall (the old Methodist Chapel) which is open when the cafe is open, see below.

Hackfall Cafe Open Daily – The Grewelthorpe Village Hall community cafe is run by volunteers and offers home baked food, tea and proper coffee for your enjoyment. Great place to enjoy a cuppa after a walk in Hackfall Woods. Opening Hours – Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00am-2:00pm. Tuesday and Thursday 12:00-2:00pm and 3:15pm- 5:15pm. Saturday and Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm. If using a satnav the postcode is HG4 3BS

You can stay at “The Ruin” and enjoy the vistas of Hackfall from your doorstep. Landmark Trust

Or stay within a mile at newly renovated Park View Cottage in Kirkby Malzeard.
Park View Cottage