A couple of years ago, Paul Mosley mentioned an idea. A footpath joining the wonderful landscapes created by the Aislabie’s in North Yorkshire. The walk was to go from Studley Royal and Fountains Abbey and head North to Hackfall. The walk that Paul suggested has now blossomed into a circular route that starts at the the Lakeside Car park in Studley Royal and takes in some wonderful scenery around the Abbey, Laver Banks, Braithwaite Hall and Hackfall before heading South via Mickley Barras, Azerley and Galphay Mill. The whole route is 17.5 miles long but there are cross paths that allow you to do a shorter circuit.
Mark Reid the author of The Inn Way has researched and described the route in a free guide book. You can download a copy here: “Aislabie Walk Guide”:
please be aware that it is a 2 megabit file but well worth the wait.
The project has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and a number of organisations have come together to bring the walk into fruition.
There is a website with more detailed information about the Aislabie Walk
If the car park is full please do not park on the road adjacent to the car park this is a dangerous spot.
Alternative Parking Alternative parking is available in 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
You are welcome to enjoy Hackfall and visit via alternative routes, but please stay safe by keeping a social distance of at least two metres and ensure dogs are under close control at all times.