…You'll be in for a treat! A Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the large number of birds, plants and invertebrates that live and feed here, Hack Fall Wood – also known as Hackfall – in North Yorkshire is also home to grottos and glades, rustic temples and waterfalls, which can be explored on a stroll along its many trails.

This ancient forest covers around 120 acres just north of the village of Grewelthorpe in North Yorkshire, set in a 350ft gorge along the River Ure. It’s been lovingly restored by the Woodland Trust, which has just launched a guide to its best woods for a glorious – and completely free – winter walk.

The charity has more than 1,000 woods, which are free to visit and open every day. For more on Hackfall, or to find your nearest woodland escape, visit woodlandtrust.org.uk/findawood

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