Grewelthorpe

Circular walk from Masham, venturing to Hackfall Wood, Grewelthorpe, Nutwith Common Wood and back to Masham

Circular walk from Masham, venturing to Hackfall Wood, Grewelthorpe, Nutwith Common Wood and back to Masham in Nidderdale AONB

For this walk of just over ten miles you really will need your map! OS Landranger 99. We set off on a wonderful autumnal day from Masham, easily parking our cars in the market place. Head off east past the Primary School and follow the track along the river through arable land to a path that goes off to the left. Continue along the river side until you come out onto the road, left again over the bridge and immediately over the bridge take the path to the left to take you along the river side. Keep going along here and you will eventually come to Hackfall Wood.

Special Treat at the Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park near Grewelthorpe

Special Treat at the Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park near Grewelthorpe

Joanne and I were invited to join the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust for their Supporters Lunch at the Himalayan Garden and Sculpture Park at The Hutts near Grewelthrope which we accepted with great pleasure. The last time I visited here was in 2011, I think, and a lot has changed since then. Our day started with more information about the work of the YDMT of which we wholeheartedly support and which some of you have very kindly donated towards over the years. Do please keep on donating to this very worthy charity.

Grewelthorpe in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty

Grewelthorpe in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty

Grewelthorpe, again where does the name originate from? To quote ‘the name Grewelthorpe derives from the words Gruel and Thorpe, Gruel being a family name and thorpe meaning "outlying farmstead", the village is also mentioned in the Domesday Book when it was known at Torp. Grewelthorpe can be found some three miles south of Masham and six miles from Ripon and is in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty. Beautifully placed to explore the surrounding countryside with plenty of walking to stretch those legs and take in clean, fresh air.