North York Moors

Route: Around Hackness 

Area: North York Moors

Date of walk: 5th January 2015

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.5 miles

Ascent: 500 feet

Weather: weak sun, cold

We started from Derwent View Hackness for the second day running, and walked out of the unspoilt village, crossing the footbridge over the river Derwent near Wrench Green. At this point, the walk could easily be combined with yesterday’s walk to make an 11 mile walk around the pretty village of Hackness and its surroundings – a good introduction to the beautiful countryside to be found in this area

After passing through Wrench Green, we climbed up Lang Gate and across Coomb Slack, from where there are great views back over Hackness

We then walked through the curiously named Mount Misery and descended towards Troutsdale. There followed a short section of road walking along the quiet valley road, and when we reached the River Derwent we followed the riverbank all the way back into Hackness

The path was very muddy and slippery at times, and I took great care not to repeat an accident I’d had about 5 years ago, when I slipped into the river and went up to my neck in freezing water, losing a camera, gps and phone in the process. I vividly recall Gilly’s hysterical laughter as I plodded disconsolately back to the car, water pouring out of my pockets. Needless to say, I wasn’t laughing

There were no accidents today, and since we didn’t start the walk until 2pm, the sun was setting by 4pm when we arrived back in Hackness – thankfully dry on this occasion

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