Hackfall Woods North Yorkshire.
There is something about the wild splendour of Hackfall Woods that simply inspires creativity. Nineteenth century writers hailed it as one of the most beautiful woodlands in the country while romantic landscape artist Turner painted in these woods. The recent restoration work has been made possible due to a grant of almost £1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and further grants from the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Yorventure.
Set in a 350ft gorge on the edge of Grewelthorpe, the site was bought in 1731 by John Aislabie, famous for his landscaping work at nearby Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.
But it was his son, William who transformed the area into a “beautiful wilderness”, creating grottos and surprise views, glades, rustic temples embedded in groves of trees, waterfalls and follies – many of which can still be discovered in the park today.