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Dog Walk: Hack Fall Woods, Ripon

If you want to explore Hackfall at a reasonably leisurely pace then allow at least 2 hours.

The Hackfall Trust has done much to improve the footpaths but despite their best efforts there are a few areas that seem to be perpetually muddy. The recommended footwear is good hiking boots and in particularly wet conditions wellies are an alternative. The high path in Common Wood at the Mickley end of Hackfall is at the top of a very steep slope in places and particular care should be taken here.


Dog Walk - Hack Fall Woods, Ripon

Type of walk

Hilly, Forest


What's here

Free Parking, Off Lead Areas, Animals On Route, Water On Route


Free Car Parking The best place to park is in the new car park at the Masham end of Hackfall. The car park is free and sometimes busy, particularly when the river is high in summer and canoeists come to enjoy the falls.


Location details

Car Park Location OS X (Eastings) 423059 OS Y (Northings) 477514 Nearest Post Code HG4 3DE 54.192877, -1.648086



Always keep your dog on a short lead near farm animals, but if cattle act aggressively it is safer if you let it off the lead.


On moorland it's important to keep your dog on a short lead (less than 2 metres) between 1st March and 31st July when rare birds are nesting on the ground. In most moorland areas dogs must stay on rights of way.  


Never let your dog chase animals or birds. A dog worrying livestock can be legally shot. Please keep them on a lead or to heel at all times.


Always deal with your dog's mess! Don't leave dog mess on paths or areas where people walk. Arable crops and grass are used for producing food for people or livestock, so always clean up in farmland too – dog faeces infected with the parasite 'Neospora caninum' can infect cattle herds, causing abortions and ongoing infection.


It's safer if you keep your dog on a lead by your side near horse-riders or cyclists.


Always look out for signs giving advice on keeping your dog on a lead at sensitive times for wildlife and farm animals.

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