Hackness Hall and Church


Route: Around Hackness

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 13th July 2022

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 2.7 miles

Ascent: 300 feet

Weather: Sunny and very warm

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. This is a short walk, and a good introduction to the village and its surrounding area

We were staying 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 steeply up a bank to join 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 a rickety 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, looking into Whisperdales, 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 turned off to follow a track which branches off the road and offers good views along the valley. The up and down track brought us back to the valley road, and we turned left here to return to the start of the walk

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