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Swinton Estate Trails: Nutwith and Hackfall

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Swinton Estate Trails: Nutwith and Hackfall
Author: Swinton Estate, Published: 02 Sep 2018 Walk Rating:star0 Swinton Estate Trails: Nutwith and Hackfallstar0 Swinton Estate Trails: Nutwith and Hackfallstar0 Swinton Estate Trails: Nutwith and Hackfallstar0 Swinton Estate Trails: Nutwith and Hackfallstar0 Swinton Estate Trails: Nutwith and Hackfall
North Yorkshire, Nidderdale
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Swinton Estate Trails: Nutwith and Hackfall
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Swinton Estate Trails: Nutwith and Hackfall boot Swinton Estate Trails: Nutwith and Hackfall boot Swinton Estate Trails: Nutwith and Hackfall
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A 10km (6 mile) circular walk from Swinton Park in North Yorkshire. The walking route takes you across pastures and commons to reach the River Ure and Hackfall Woods, before returning through the beautiful woodland of Nutwith Common. There is plenty of interest along the way, including a stretch of the Ripon Rowel route, passing Nutwith Cote (an Estate Farmhouse which used to be a grange for Fountains Abbey) and lovely riverside views. The route also goes past Hackfall Woods (download the iFootpath Guide called Hackfall Explorer Trail if you wish to explore the many follies here) as well as passing through some ancient woodland in Nutwith Common. This walk is part of the Swinton Estate Trails collection, published through a collaboration between iFootpath and Swinton Estate to encourage people to discover the 20,000 acre Estate with varying terrain such as woodland, reservoirs, moorland, gardens and parkland.

The walk has several climbs and descents throughout. It follows a mixture of field paths, grass commons, riverside paths and woodland tracks. Some parts can get very muddy at times and there are some sections that can be quite overgrown. You will need to negotiate both gates and stiles (including a ladder stile plus enclosed stiles that dogs will need a lift over) and you will be sharing some of the fields with livestock (both sheep and cattle). There are a couple of stretches of road walking along country lanes so take care of traffic. Swinton Estate welcomes visiting walkers (and canine companions) but please remember the usual countryside code rules; take your litter home with you, keep dogs under close control and be careful to shut any gates behind you. Allow 3.5 hours.

In terms of facilities, the Terrace Restaurant and Bar within the Swinton Hotel complex is available for refreshments at the start or end of your countryside walk. The bar area is dog-friendly, there is a beautiful courtyard garden and walkers will receive a warm welcome.

If you are a visiting walker, please park in the Swinton Country Club and Spa car park. From Masham, head south on Park Street and then turn right into Swinton Terrace (which becomes Swinton Road). After about a mile, you will see a side road and the impressive stone gates for Swinton Park on your right. Do NOT enter these gates, instead turn right to follow the side road. Ignore two more gateways within the wall on your left (the first is Exit Only and the second is for Deliveries) and take the third gateway which leads you into the parking area for the Country Club and Spa. Approximate post code HG4 4JH.

Walk Sections

Start to Roomer Farm
Start to Roomer Farm

Start point: 54.2124 lat, -1.6754 long
End point: 54.2048 lat, -1.6597 long

Leave the Country Club and Spa car park via the vehicle entrance and, taking care of any traffic, turn right along the lane. The lane swings right to reach the road junction with a grass triangle and the main Swinton Park gatehouse on your right. Cross the grass triangle and cross the road to reach the footpath fingerpost ahead. Follow this footpath to go over the stile into the field ahead. Be careful of the nettles as this section can be very overgrown. Once you have reached the field, turn right and follow around the edge of the field.

When the path starts curving around to the left, look for the stile in the fence on the right taking you into the next field. From here there is no clear path, but the stiles are fairly clearly marked as you cross from one field into the next, at one point crossing a small stream (Den Beck) Eventually the path reaches the road and at this point turn left. Carry on along this road, going past a farm, Roomer Farm, where the road bends sharply to the right.

Roomer Farm to Nutwith Cote
Roomer Farm to Nutwith Cote

Start point: 54.2048 lat, -1.6597 long
End point: 54.2056 lat, -1.647 long

Immediately after the farm, turn left and cross Roomer Common. Stay to the left of the common, soon keeping a road on your right, until you reach the bottom of the hill, emerging to the road at a point where the road bends to the left. Cross the road and go straight on down a tarmac track, the access drive for Nutwith Cote. The track bends sharply to the right and takes you through the farm buildings. Nutwith Cote is an Estate Farmhouse which used to be a grange for Fountains Abbey.

Nutwith Cote to Hackfall Car Park
Nutwith Cote to Hackfall Car Park

Start point: 54.2056 lat, -1.647 long
End point: 54.1927 lat, -1.6477 long

At the far side of the buildings, go through the field gate ahead to enter a pasture. Do NOT follow the obvious stone track, instead fork left (about 11 o’clock) heading gently downhill through the length of a pasture. Pass through a wooden kissing gate and bear left to reach the grass path at the riverbank, with the River Ure directly ahead. Bear right to join the riverside path (with the river on your left) and follow the river all the way to Hackfall Woods.

Once you have entered Hackfall Woods, you might wish to explore this Grade I listed garden which has been extensively restored. The garden has many intersecting (and sometimes confusing!) paths so we recommend you use the iFootpath Guide called Hackfall Explorer Trail to tour the garden and aid navigation. Don’t miss the spectacular fountain (which is worth waiting for!). You can pick up the Hackfall iFootpath Guide directions from the first waypoint (Limehouse Hill) – just check the live map – and this will take you on a 3.5 mile tour, returning to the car park where this walk continues. If you wish to exclude this extra tour, simply turn right and take the path leading to the Hackfall car park.

Hackfall Car Park to Woodland Corner
Hackfall Car Park to Woodland Corner

Start point: 54.1927 lat, -1.6477 long
End point: 54.1981 lat, -1.679 long

Exit Hackfall car park to reach the road and, taking care of traffic, turn left for a few metres and then turn right into the stone lay-by. Go ahead to pass alongside the metal vehicle gate to enter the woodland of Nutwith Common. Follow the main path leading you directly ahead, with a stone wall running to your left. Continue until you reach a wide metal gate set within the wall on your left. Do NOT turn left through the gate, instead go ahead for a further 5 paces and then fork left across the verge to join an unmade path leading you up the hill, with the wall still running to your left.

The path winds quite steeply uphill and then leads you ahead, climbing steadily along the top of the bank. At the top of the rise you will reach a section of beech trees ahead. Follow the level path directly ahead (ignoring any side small paths) until you reach a fork with a beech tree at its centre. Take the left-hand branch and stay with this woodland path ahead, which stays fairly close to the left-hand edge of Nutwith Common. After some distance, close to the end of the wood, you will emerge to a T-junction with a stone track, close to the road and with a metal vehicle barrier just to your left.

Turn right onto the main stone track (as if you are heading back into the woods) for just a few metres and, where the track bends to the right, fork left to take the narrow path leading you into the trees. Follow this obvious path leading you downhill through the trees. Towards the bottom of the slope, where the path bends right, fork left again to join a subtle path that leads you to the edge of the woodland, at the far left-hand corner. Here you will see a low fence ahead and a gate to the left, both within the overgrown corner of the stone wall boundary. It is worth walking to the fence ahead to enjoy a nice view of Swinton Park in the distance.

Woodland Corner to End
Woodland Corner to End

Start point: 54.1981 lat, -1.679 long
End point: 54.2129 lat, -1.6757 long

Turn left through the gate to enter a field. Go straight ahead, following the line of the stone wall and fence on your right. Part way down the field you will reach a gate on your right. Turn right through this and then turn immediately left to continue down a second field, with the fence now on your left.

At the bottom of the hill, cross the stile and turn right to walk along the bottom of the valley with the stream (Den Beck) on your left. Cross the stream at the bridge and from here the track is very easy to follow. Follow the track along the valley with the stream now on your right. Go up the hill, past an interesting ice house on your left, and on until you reach Gill Head Farm.

As you approach the farm, take the right-hand gate (NOT the left-hand one, which would take you into the farmyard). Turn left and walk up the track to the road. At this point turn right onto the road. Stay with this road and it will take you all the way back to the gatehouse at Swinton Park. Bear left along the side road and follow this back to the car park where the walk began. Why not make your way to the Terrace Bar for some well-earned hospitality? The bar area is dog-friendly, there is a beautiful courtyard garden and walkers will receive a warm welcome.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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The ladder stile near the beginning of the walk

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