Route: Around Hackness

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 20th October 2020

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 2.7 miles

Ascent: 300 feet

Weather: Sunny spells, quite warm

Hackness is a small and unspoilt village near Scarborough and is located in the North York Moors National Park. It’s one of our favourite places for walking, and numerous routes radiate out of the village in all directions. We only had time for a short walk today, and opted for a circular walk which takes in the highlights of the place

We started from Derwent View holiday cottage, but anyone not staying at the cottage could start just as easily from the nearby village hall. After walking along the village street we turned right at the war memorial by the village hall, and just beyond Mill Farm we left the road to climb up to a path which hugs the edge of Walker Flat Wood. There are lovely views back over the valley from here

The path leads into the woodland briefly before emerging above St Peter’s Church and Hackness Hall. The hall and its landscape gardens were created in the 1790s, and the house is a Grade I listed building. Neither is open to the public. The Hackness Shame is an entertaining story about an event which occurred here in 1600

As we meandered along the elevated path we kept stopping to admire the views over church and the hall, which were wonderful, with the autumn colours in the surrounding woodland being shown in good light

The path can be muddy after rain, as was the case today, and we left it a few times to seek out drier ground. A new fence has been erected across the field at one point, clearly crossing the line of the public footpath shown on the OS map. However, it’s a low fence and is easily straddled (unless you have exceptionally short legs)

After passing above the hall we descended to the road and turned left, passing by the entrance to the hall. We made a short detour to St Peter’s Church and then continued along the village road. At a junction with a path we left the road to climb up towards Hackness Head, following a track which brought us to Keeper’s Cottage above the Hackness Grange Hotel. From here we descended to the road and followed it back to the start

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