Hackness

Hackness

Route: Around Hackness

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 7th April 2021

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 2.7 miles

Ascent: 300 feet

Weather: Mostly cloudy with a few sunny spells

Hackness is a small and unspoilt village near Scarborough and is located in the North York Moors National Park. Numerous walking routes radiate out of the village in all directions. We’ve not been able to visit Hackness for several months due to lockdown restrictions, so it was good to be back. We decided to celebrate the occasion by repeating a short walk we last did in October, and which is one of our favourites

We had some essential jobs to do at Derwent View holiday cottage, so we started from there. 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

Although it’s possible to leave the woodland path via an old stile, a fence has recently been erected in the field (crossing the line of a public footpath as shown on the OS map), making it easier to stay in the woodland until a second stile is reached. This emerges into the field above Hackness Hall. The view over the Hall and St Peter’s Church is superb – one of the best in the area

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. We’d normally have followed a track which branches off the road and offers good views along the valley, but the weather was indifferent by now so we continued along the village road back to Derwent View. (Note the the route map shows the former option)

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