Hackness Hall


North Yorkshire

Route: Hackness

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 9th October 2016

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.5 miles

Weather: Sunny intervals

We started today’s walk from the village hall in Hackness and walked along the road out of the village for a short distance, crossing the road bridge over the River Derwent, and then climbing up a path behind Mill Farm. The path contours round the hillside, giving beautiful views over Hackness Hall and St Peter’s Church along the way

After descending to the road we walked past Hackness Hall, St Peter’s Church and the village school and then forked off right along the lane to Lowdales. Although this is a public road I’ve hardly ever seen a car along here as it’s a dead end and only serves a few houses. It’s a delightful lane to walk along. After a while we arrived at the footbridge which we’ve sometimes had to use when the road is flooded, and here we turned off to climb up a path through the woods to Broxa Rigg

Just before Broxa, and near the top of the rigg, we joined a path which hugs the side of fields beside Hackness Head Wood. Buzzards often soar overhead here and we saw a pair of them today looking for their lunchtime snack

Broxa Rigg is one of the tabular hills that are a feature of the area, though the views from it are limited by the adjacent woodland, and the path never gets quite high enough to see the surrounding countryside. Never mind, it’s still a worthwhile section of the walk

The start of the descent back to Hackness can easily be missed. It’s at the point where Hackness Head Wood on the left and Chapman Banks Wood on the right start to converge on each other. Look for a gate leading to a track down Chapman Banks Wood and from here it’s plain sailing back down to the village and the conclusion of a great little walk

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