Hackness

Hackness to Broxa

North Yorkshire

Route: Hackness and Broxa

Area: North Yorkshire

Date of walk: 27th February 2015

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 6.3 miles

Weather: Perfect

It was the last day of our stay at Derwent View Hackness and we awoke to a glorious morning. I made an early start from the cottage and shortly after leaving the village crossed over the River Derwent via the footbridge near Wrench Green (anyone not staying at Derwent View could start the walk by parking near the village hall)

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the low early morning sun cast a golden light over the countryside as I walked along the bank of the Derwent – it was a magical section of the walk, with dippers and wagtails darting across the river, and songbirds serenading me as I went along

All too soon I arrived at Estell Lane and followed the lane in the direction of Troutsdale for a short distance, before heading uphill along a track to the right. The height gained was soon lost as I descended to Bridge Farm, and there followed a steep climb up Broxa Banks. At the top of the hill I walked along the lane into Broxa and turned right at Broxa Farm to walk along the Rigg. The tabular nature of these hills only shows itself once the tops are reached and the surrounding countryside is quite flat and featureless – but lovely all the same

After reaching the end of Broxa Rigg at Hackness Head, I followed the track through the woods which took me back down to the cottage. It was a wonderful walk in wonderful weather

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