Heritage Weekend walks at Hackfall
The series of volunteer-led walks at Hackfall continued as part of the Heritage Open Days weekend on September 14th and 15th. Although the weather varied considerably, with the Trust marquee getting blown to the side of the field at one point, there were four successful walks down into the valley. Armed with David Mason’s detailed notes and the Trust’s Hackfall art swatch, four different volunteers led walks focussing on the history, wildlife and management of this special place. The first signs of autumn were evident, and flocks of swallows and housemartins could be seen hunting insects over the fountain lake. The calls of woodpeckers and nuthatches could also be heard above the roar of the river Ure. Walkers were fascinated by the different views between the various 18th century follies, as well as by stories of the eccentricities of those involved in the shaping of the landscape. Participants contributed to the experience by sharing their knowledge on subjects such as history, architecture and botany. The Landmark Trust had opened the “Ruin” as part of the Heritage Open Day programme, so that people could see inside a building normally used as self-catering accommodation. The view from its terrace must be one of the best in Yorkshire. We now have a team of eight volunteers leading walks at Hackfall and Nidd Gorge, as part of a scheme which began earlier this year. The next guided walk at Nidd Gorge will be on 10th October, and at Hackfall on 24th October.
Neil Griffin, Lead Volunteer, Guided Walks, Nidd Gorge